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Action Against the ATV Regional Connector Plan

Keystone Trails Association has registered its support in a lawsuit that has been filed against the ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot plan in the North-Central region of Pennsylvania. The lawsuit has been filed by the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation (PEDF), on grounds relating to environmental rights in the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, § … More

Inflated Economic Claims and Policymakers Who Shouldn’t Believe Them

In early December, KTA Vice President Bob Merrill attended two public meetings about the proposed ATV Regional Connector Pilot plan in North-Central Pennsylvania. The proposal includes 234 miles of ATV routes across wide State Forest areas in Tioga, Potter, and Clinton Counties, to connect isolated trails that already exist into a wide-ranging and contiguous network … More

Good News for Trails and Trail Clubs – HB 1694 Advances

House Bill 1694 recently passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by a 200-0 vote.  The legislation provides limited liability protections for volunteers and volunteer organizations.  Keystone Trails Association supports the bill, now under consideration in the Senate. The bi-partisan measure is in response to meritless lawsuits filed against groups merely because of their affiliation with a prominent … More

Let’s Get Encyclopedic

The Centre County Historical Society recently created a Wikipedia-like resource for short articles about that county’s history. I was invited to contribute an article about the Allegheny Front Trail, for which I literally wrote the book back in 2014. The online article can be found here. That encyclopedia also includes an article about Mid State … More

Introducing KTA’s New Executive Director

Welcome, Brook! Keystone Trails Association announced that David “Brook” Lenker will serve as the organization’s Executive Director. Brook will become the key management leader for Pennsylvania’s statewide hiking and trails organization. Brook will also lead fundraising and advocacy programs, trail club support activities and community engagement initiatives. Brook joins KTA with decades of experience in … More

KTA’s Annual Fall Hiking Weekend

Hikers out and about enjoying the views of Devil’s Tower in Lock Haven. KTA held their Annual Fall Hiking Weekend, which took place on Saturday, Oct. 17th! The weekend consisted of morning and afternoon hikes, KTA meetings and a dinner and evening program at the Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge. KTA also recognized the … More

Hiking Trails Don’t Maintain Themselves…

Sherry Ferguson was awarded the “Volunteer of the Year Award” by Keystone Trails Association this week.  It takes most hikers 10 or 15 years before becoming trail maintainers. Not Sherry. As a member of the Lehigh Gap trail maintainers, she participates in “Pulaski Parties” – building footpaths with shovels, rock bars, pick-axes and Pulaskis. The … More

Introducing Keystone Trails Association’s Official Blog

Welcome to Keystone Trails Association’s official blog page! As a part of KTA’s goals to increase digital connectivity and outreach, we decided it would be beneficial to have a blog to reach out to and keep members and the community informed! You can refer to this page for insightful articles and information on events, which … More