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09/26/2017

Wolf Administration Officials Highlight Importance of Trails to Revitalized Communities

Announce Nominations Being Accepted for Trail of the Year

Reading, PA -- Officials from the departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, Community and Economic Development, and Transportation participated on a panel in Reading this week to talk about the connections between greenways and trails, and community revitalization.

“Governor Wolf has encouraged our departments to work together to continue to move forward building a statewide network of trails that will connect places, reinvigorate communities and provide alternative routes for transportation,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said.

Dunn, DCED Secretary Dennis Davin, and PennDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Roy Gothie presented at the 2017 Pennsylvania Greenways and Trails Summit.

The secretary noted that nominations are currently being accepted for the 2018 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year.

“Pennsylvania is a leader in trail development, providing its citizens and visitors with more than 11,000 miles of trails across the commonwealth to enjoy, from gentle pathways threading through miles of preserved greenways, to remote, rugged trails scaling the state’s magnificent mountains,” Dunn said.

Each year, the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee designates a Trail of the Year to help build enthusiasm and support for both large and small trails, and raise public awareness about the value of Pennsylvania’s trail network.

Eligible trails must be at least one mile in length and be open to the public. Individuals and organizations can submit a nomination form found on the DCNR website and supporting materials to RA-explorepatrails@pa.gov by November 17.

In honor of the achievement, the committee and DCNR produce a poster for statewide distribution and plan a public celebration for the recognized trail.

The 63-mile Montour Trail system in Allegheny and Washington counties is the 2017 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year.

MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Novak, 717.772.9101 or cnovak@pa.gov.

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