Trails being obliterated

Parts of the Loyalsock Trail and the Bryan Hay Trail are being obliterated by gas pipeline construction. So why should we care? Perhaps this review of Loyalsock Trail by Tara Lundrigan from New Jersey in Alltrails.com will illustrate.

She reports: “Spent 6 nights and 7 days exploring the trail. It’s absolutely gorgeous. So many different terrains it’s unbelievable. Waterfalls, rivers, ponds, mossy areas, piney areas! Probably one of the best, most challenging options in the entire tri-state area. I am from the Canadian Rockies, and really missed the satisfaction of conquering mountains, and solitude the forest offers.” Or this of Chris Wright Jr from Atlanta Georgia: “And don’t forget your camera, because this area is absolutely beautiful and the most isolated trail I have hiked in PA. My idea of perfect!!”

It’s not perfect anymore. The gas industry is ravaging our wilderness, which is the region’s future. Folks from all over the country come to hike our trails, kayak our streams, fish, hunt, and camp. The travel industry in Pennsylvania has over 44 times more employees than the gas industry and pays 22 times more in state and local taxes.

In the near future we will, like the coal regions, live in a ruined, impoverished landscape and have nothing to show for it.

Jon Bogle

Williamsport

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom

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