Those concerned with the future maintenance and care of both Trough Creek and Warriors Path State Park are encouraged to attend an informational public meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, July 15, at Pavilion 1 at Trough Creek State Park.

The purpose of the meeting scheduled by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF), the only non-profit whose mission is Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests is to discuss the formation of a volunteer friends group. The group is planning to work with Trough Creek State Park officials to achieve this goal.

A friends group consists of motivated people and organizations in the community that understands the value and benefits of a state park or forest and shares a common goal to work with PPFF and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in making that park or forest the best it can be.

“I am excited for this great opportunity for Trough Creek State Park and the local community to assist the park in moving forward with different projects and start some new events at the park,” said Joe Basil, park manager of Canoe Creek State Park Complex that also oversees the operations at both Trough Creek and Warriors Path state parks. “PPFF has assisted state parks establish Friends groups across the state park system and this would greatly benefit the park in many ways.”

The informational meeting will include introduction to PPFF staff and discussion on how a friends group can benefit Trough Creek State Park. The Friends of Trough Creek will help organize events, raise money, maintain trails and public spaces and plan for the future of the park.

Please come out and learn more about PPFF, Trough Creek State Park, and what the Friends of Trough Creek State Park can be.

Founded in 1999, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation supports 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest by coordinating volunteers, activities and donations through its more than 40 chapters. The mission of the foundation is to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests through public engagement in volunteerism, recreation and conservation.

Adam can be reached at dnews@huntingdondailynews.com.

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