The Bureau of Forestry of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) recently took the time to recognize the conservation volunteer work of KTA members Jane Huston and Ernie Werstler on the Mid State Trail. In a recent letter, district forester Matthew R. Beaver said the following of their work:

“I want to take this opportunity to formally recognize the outstanding efforts of your volunteer work on the Mid State Trail on the Bald Eagle State Forest. Your tireless efforts have been vital to the high-quality maintenance of the trail. You are a shining example of how volunteer collaboration can provide a great service to its members, the state forest system, and the citizens of the Commonwealth. The Bureau of Forestry applauds the contributions from both you and the Mid State Trail Association promoting hiking trail improvements in our state parks and forest. On behalf of the Bald Eagle State Forest, I wish to extend my sincere appreciation for your past accomplishments, and I look forward to future partnership opportunities for the benefit of state forests.”

The volunteers are a part of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Conservation Volunteer Program, launched June 24, 1997, by Gov. Tom Ridge. The Conservation Volunteer Program encourages active participants to help the department carry out its mission of stewardship of the state park and state forest lands.