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Volume 11, Issue 3                                         Spring 2010
       Juniata Journey: Exploring the Main Line Canal Greenway
                Tenth Annual River Sojourn June 12-19th
                                                by Johanna Mutti

It is time to mark your calendars for the 2010 annual      Our journey will conclude at the Howe Township
river sojourn! Juniata Clean Water Partnership is ex-      Park, east of Newport, the following Saturday with an
cited to present the tenth annual Juniata River So-        afternoon meal and celebration.
journ June 12-19th, 2010 on the main stem of the Ju-
niata River. The theme of the sojourn this year is         Some of the program high-
“Juniata Journey: Exploring the Main Line Canal            lights this year will be a
Greenway.”                                                 clean up event at the river
                                                           access in Mount Union, an
                      Every year JCWP hosts a guided       evening of song and stories
                      canoe and kayak trip on one of       around the campfire in
                      the sections of the river. The so-   Newton Hamilton, a pro-
                      journ is more than just a float      gram on invasive plants in Lewistown, and a special
                      down the river, but also includes    program on the Canal at Locust Campground near
                      educational programs, service        Lewistown. More program details will be posted on
                      projects, entertainment and fun!     the website!
                      Registered participants receive
                      meals, vehicle shuttle service and   The Juniata River Sojourn is an American Canoe As-
                      camping for the day(s) they are on   sociate (ACA) sanctioned event, and one of 11 river
the river. Registration is available for a single day,     sojourns scheduled across the state this year with sup-
several days or the whole week, depending on your          port from the Pennsylvania Organization of Water-
interest, ability, and availability.                       sheds and Rivers (www.pawatersheds.org).

The entire 86 river miles of the sojourn will be pad-      Please consider joining us this year! The itinerary and
dled within the Main Line Canal Greenway. Some of          registration forms are on pages 2 and 3 of this newslet-
the programs will highlight the natural, cultural heri-    ter, or are available on the JCWP website.
tage and recreational resources in the Greenway.

The sojourn will begin Saturday evening, June 12th at
a location, near Huntingdon with registration and
check in. The following morning, we will be putting
into the river at a location soon to be announced
(pending confirmation) for a morning paddle. The
rest of the trip will be on the main stem, with evening
stops in or near Mapleton, Newton Hamilton,
McVeytown, Lewistown, Mifflin and Millerstown.
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              Juniata Journey: Exploring the Main Line Canal Greenway
Please check the website for the most up-to-date itinerary and information. This schedule is subject to change.

Saturday, June 12
Evening registration and camping
at a location near Huntingdon.
Dinner is on your own tonight.
Come earlier in the day and visit
the Huntingdon County Arts
Council’s River Arts Fest at the
Trestle (10am-4 pm) at Portstown
Park in Huntingdon.

Sunday, June 13
Launch from a location near Huntingdon (location pending confirmation) in the morning, with a lunch stop at
Juniata Point. With 10.5 miles paddled, we will stop for evening activities celebrating the trails and the Green-
way in Mapleton. Camping at the Mapleton Riverside Memorial Park.

Monday, June 14
Paddle through Jack’s Narrows between Mapleton and Mount Union in the morning. Our 9.4 mile day will
include a clean up with PA Cleanways at the Mount Union River access after lunch. Camping will be at the
Beacon Lodge Wilderness Camp, with campfire activities in the evening.

Tuesday, June 15
The 12.75 mile paddle from Newton Hamilton to McVeytown takes us through scenic farmland and forest.
We will be camping at Idle Acres Campground in McVeytown. Evening activities TBA.

Wednesday, June 16
We will be paddling through one of the least accessible sections of the Juniata between McVeytown and Lo-
cust Campground, near Lewistown. With 11.8 miles, the pool and pay showers at Locust Campground will be
welcome. Evening program by Steve Runkle will be on traveling from Philadelphia to Hollidaysburg on the
Main Line Canal.

Thursday, June 17
With a stop in Lewistown to learn about invasive plants, we will paddle 17 miles for the day through the Lew-
istown Narrows, past the Lockkeeper’s House to Mifflin. Enjoy the pool and camp at Central Juniata Park.

Friday, June 18
Much of the 17.9 mile paddle from Mifflin to Pittman Campground near Millerstown is in an Important Bird
Area. We will stop a couple times along the way. Evening program TBA.

Saturday, June 19
The last paddle will be 7.3 miles down to the Howe Township Park, east of Newport, where we will celebrate
with a closing ceremony and one final meal together as a group.

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                                        2010 River Sojourn Registration
Please fill out one registration form for each person attending. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accom-
panied by a parent or legal guardian. Registration deadline is May 28th.

       NAME:            _____________________________AGE (if under 18): ____________
       ADDRESS: __________________________________________________________
       CITY:            __________________________________________________________
       STATE:           _____________________________ZIP:          ______________________
       EMAIL:           __________________________________________________________
       PHONE:           _____________________________ T-SHIRT:              S M L XL XXL

Per Day Registration—$45 non-member / $40 JCWP member and children under age 12
Includes t-shirt, shuttle service, lunch, dinner & evening program for the day(s) of your choice.
(Overnight camping Saturday, June 12 is available with Sunday, June 13 registration for no charge.)

Register for the whole Sojourn—$285 non-member / $260 JCWP member and children under age 12
Including t-shirt, shuttle service, all meals, all programs & camping for all seven nights out.

Please indicate what your registration level for the sojourn by checking the appropriate boxes:
   Yes, I will be attending the whole event!

                              Shuttle    Breakfast     Lunch       Dinner     Evening     Camping

    Saturday, June 12
    Sunday, June 13
    Monday, June 14
    Tuesday, June 15
    Wednesday, June 16
    Thursday, June 17
    Friday, June 18
    Saturday, June 19

   I am an omnivore / carnivore               I am vegetarian
Please list any special concerns: _______________________________________________________

Sojourners are responsible for their own canoes or kayaks, PFDs, camping equipment, and other personal
items. NEW THIS YEAR: All boats must have a current PFBC or DCNR registration or launch permit.
If you do not have a boat and will be renting one, see the JCWP website for a list of outfitters.

Total enclosed: ____________________
Make check payable to Juniata Clean Water Partnership, 416 Penn Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652
Mail registration form and payment by May 28th. Confirmation will be sent via e-mail. Questions or con-
cerns? Contact JCWP at (814) 506-1190 or outreach@jcwp.org for more information.
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                             Native Plants in the Residential Landscape
                                               by Mike Makufka

Everyone enjoys a beautifully landscaped yard. It is pleasing to the eye and greatly increases the value of the
home. Many hours are spent choosing plants, fertilizing, spraying and mowing the landscape to get just the
right look. But is just the right look always the best look. Homeowners strive to have a unique landscape and
sometimes choose plants that are not necessarily welcome in this region. These plants are termed non-native
and sometimes called exotic plants. They may look different than the neighbor’s plants having different foli-
age or flowers that do add beauty to the landscape and therein lays the appeal. But; are they good for ecology?
The answer is sometimes no. Certain non-native plants can be very invasive, choking out other plants and
growing in places where they are unwanted. Once established, these invasive plants can be difficult to re-

An excerpt from “Landscaping with Native Plants” by Elizabeth N. DuPont reads: Most Suburban landscapes
follow the model of lawn, mulched beds, and exotic trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. The practice of ac-
tively re-establishing native plant communities is not a widely understood concept. One of the most important
developments in landscaping has been the growing use of native plants in home gardens. Why is this impor-

The most important reason for using native plants is the benefits to the ecology. A landscape that uses native
plants is helping to keep the biological diversity of an area intact. There is some confusion over the terms: na-
tive, non-native, and invasive when talking about plants. By the strictest definition, native plants are any
plants that were here prior to the Europeans coming to America. Non-native plants are plants that are intro-
duced to the area by various means. Invasive plants are plants that rapidly spread to and crowd out other plant
species creating a monoculture, which is the opposite of biodiversity. Not all non-native plants are invasive.
Having non-native plants that are also invasive in the landscape add nothing to this diversity and almost al-
ways harm it. These plants provide little in the way of benefits and left uncontrolled do a lot of damage. Con-
trolling the spread of these plants outside of the landscape is where the real problem begins. An argument that
many homeowners use is that they can keep the plants in their yard from spreading. What is often forgotten is
that plants are spread by many means and the distance that seeds can spread is amazing. Seeds can be carried
by birds, wind, clothing, shoes and boots, pets, and tire treads to name just a few. What you have planted in
your yard may not stay in your yard. The homeowner probably doesn’t even know that his garden may be a
problem. Many problem invasive plants outside the neighborhood landscape were introduced to this country
initially as ornamental plants. Japanese Knotweed, Purple Loosestrife, Autumn Olive, Japanese Barberry, and
Multiflora Rose all were imported as ornamental plants to add uniqueness to the landscape.

What can everyone do to help control invasive plants? The best way is to use only certified native plants in
your gardens. Native plants are just as appealing as exotic invasives and usually require less maintenance and
upkeep than non-natives. After all native plants have adapted to this climate. Planting non-invasive, non-
native cultivars can be an option although some people would disagree with using them. When shopping for
new plants for your landscape visit only nurseries that carry native plants. Most nurseries do carry some native
plant species. In the Juniata basin there are no nurseries that I know of that deal strictly with natives. The
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more consumers request natives the more the supply will grow. It is amazing how many invasive plant species
are still sold in nurseries. Sometimes the large commercial stores are the guiltiest. A listing of native plants
nurseries can be found at: http://www.pawildflower.org/04_links/links2.htm. You should also identify all
plants in your landscape and see if any are non-native, invasive plants. If they are you should carefully remove
them and dispose of properly so as to not spread seeds. You should then re-plant with natives.

An example of a plant that many people have planted in their gardens in the past is the Autumn Olive. This
shrub is planted as an ornamental and windbreak. The ecological threat that this plant imposes is the formation
of dense thickets that choke out native plants leaving a localized monoculture. Native alternatives are the
Spicebush, Winterberry, and arrowhead. Another popular ornamental is the Oriental Bittersweet that is still
widely sold in nurseries. This vine has been used as an ornamental plant that will aggressively cover other
plants eventually killing them. It is often confused with our native bittersweet. One way to tell the difference
is in the flowers. Native bittersweet flowers at the tip instead of the stem. It is best to be very sure of identifi-
cation before purchasing any plants. Other native alternatives are: Trumpet Creeper and passionflower.

Landscaping your yard with native plants not only makes sense but it also helps the environment. Remember
that are landscape filled with native plants may make you the envy of the neighborhood.

     Coldwater Heritage Partnership                                Foundation for Pennsylvania
     Announces 2010 Grant Award to                               Watersheds Awards Grant to JCWP
   The Juniata Clean Water Partnership

                       The Coldwater Heritage Part-
                       nership recently announced
                       that over $42,000 in grants           The Juniata Clean Water Partnership is pleased to
                       have been awarded to local            announce that it recently received an $11,800 grant
                       organizations to protect and          from the Foundation for PA Watersheds to do a
                       conserve Pennsylvania’s cold-         “State of the Watershed” evaluation for the Juniata
                       water stream habitats. The            River Basin. The money will be used to re-visit the
                       Coldwater Heritage Partner-           Juniata Watershed Management Plan that was
ship is a cooperative initiative amongst Pennsylvania        drafted in 2000 and to chronicle the successes of the
Trout Unlimited, the Pennsylvania Department of              plan and to drive future planning efforts.
Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsyl-
vania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Founda-
tion for Pennsylvania Watersheds. Grant recipients
                                                                   JCWP Board Elects New Officers
were acknowledged at the 2010 Keystone Coldwater
Conference, held on February 20th in State College.
                                                             At the February meeting of the JCWP Board, new
                                                             officers were elected for the 2010 calendar year.
Juniata Clean Water Partnership was awarded
$6,400 to conduct a stream assessment and prepare a
                                                                          President - Kathy Jones
conservation plan for Willow Run and Dougherty
                                                                         Vice President - Karl King
Run in Juniata County in partnership with the Juni-
                                                                          Secretary - Celina Seftas
ata County Conservation District.
                                                                         Treasurer - Jim Eckenrode

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  2010 Annual Dinner Celebration Held                       and showed some examples of other data and im-
                                                            agery from outside our region.
The temperature outside was in the teens, but spirits
were high in the warmth of the Huntingdon Country           Kathy Jones acted as the master of ceremonies for
Club on January 29th as directors, staff and guests         the evening festivities which included recognizing
gathered for the JCWP Annual Dinner Celebration.            invited guests, past directors, current directors, and
                                                            JCWP staff. Congratulations to Karl King, who
While the guests gathered for happy hour, Curtis            represents the Allegheny Ridge Corporation on the
Rockwell provided musical accompaniment to start            board of directors, for winning the Scott Aspect 60
off the evening. After the buffet of stuffed chicken        Mountain Bike Raffle presented in conjunction with
breasts, steak, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and            Rothrock Outfitters. Many other lucky winners
salad, the audience of seventy-eight sported special        went home with items for the raffle and silent auc-
3D polarizing glasses and turned their attention to         tion tables.
the projection screen for a special presentation buy
Chuck Anderson. Chuck, the Visualization and Out-           Many thanks to all of the people who donated the
reach Specialist for the Penn State Earth and Envi-         phenomenal prizes for the raffle and silent auction:
ronmental Systems Institute presented a tour of the         Celina Seftas, Western PA Conservancy, Allegheny
Juniata Watershed on the GeoWall. Highlights of             Ridge Corporation, Scott Alexander, REI Bedford
the program included a detailed look at how the to-         Distribution Center, Helena Kotala, Johanna Mutti,
pography in the Juniata Watershed relates to the un-        Boxer’s Café, Guy Stottlemyer & Fort Bedford TU,
derlaying soils and local geology, a cross sectional        Natural Biodiversity, Community Partnerships
look at the geology in the Lewistown Narrows, his-          RC&D, Jim and Holly Eckenrode, Blair County
toric stereopticon views from the vicinity of Alexan-       Conservation District, Spruce Creek Outfitters,
dria dating from 1871, and an exploration of mill           Ginny Mutti, Roxanne Parrot, Alice Kotala, Hun-
pond remnants near Etna Furnace. Chuck also pro-            tingdon Visitors Bureau, and Branden Diehl.
vided a brief explanation of how the GeoWall works

                                  Bay Backpack Web Site Launched

The Chesapeake Bay Program has launched Bay Backpack, an online resource for teachers and environmental
educators to engage students in hands-on learning about the Chesapeake Bay and its local waterways. Bay
Backpack provides educators with the necessary resources to give their students a Meaningful Watershed Edu-
cational Experience (MWEE), and to gain a deep understanding of environmental issues in the Chesapeake
Bay and its local streams and rivers. To learn more about Bay Backpack, visit www.baybackpack.com. You
can also follow Bay Backpack on Twitter @baybackpack.

                               National Recreation Trail Photo Award
                               A photo by Karl King from the Juniata River Water Trail recently won an
                               award in the 2009 National Recreation Trail photo contest. The photo, Trail-
                               head signs at Mifflintown Access on the Juniata River Water Trail – Juniata
                               River, Pennsylvania won in the Paddling and Water Trails category of the
                               competition. The Juniata River Water Trail is part of the Pittsburgh-to-
                               Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway. To view other winning entries in the
                               contest, or all of the 240 photos entered in last year’s competition, go to

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                             Upcoming Events in the Juniata Watershed

                Saturday, April 10                                         Saturday, April 10th
                9:00 am - 12:00 pm                                          9:00 am - 1:00 pm

             PA CleanWays of Huntingdon                     Join the Little Juniata River Association for their
             County is sponsoring a spring cleanup          2010 River Bank Clean-up
             on the Alexandria Pike. Lunch will be
             provided at noon. Volunteers are re-           Meet at the Spruce Creek United Methodist Church
             minded to wear sturdy shoes and long           parking lot. Once again the church will provide hot
             pants for the cleanup.                         drinks in the morning and their famous lunch after
                                                            we finish! We will clean-up river banks and parking
For more information, contact Celina Seftas at (814)        areas from Bellwood to Barree. All bags and gloves
627- 626 x 114 or cseftas@gmail.com                         furnished.

                                                            For more information, please contact:
                                                            Bill Anderson (814) 684-5922 bjuniata@verizon.net
          The Bloody Run Canoe Classic                      Gary Miller (814) 947-0339 gmiller@skellyloy.com
                Saturday, May 8

Hosted on the Raystown Branch of
the Juniata River Water Trail, the                                       Did you know
Bloody Run Canoe Classic is an an-                                   JCWP has a web calendar?
nual paddling event, and it is the
main event that RCC hosts. The float consists of two        Check it frequently for the latest JCWP and
possible races, a five mile and a 9 mile. Kayaks are                      partner events!
also welcome.

For more information, please visit the club web site:                 www.jcwp.org/events.htm

                              Gardening for Wildlife - Dr. Stan Kotala
                Thursday, April 29 at 7 pm at the Schlow Centre Region Library, State College

Gardening for Wildlife is a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation covering the essentials of attracting wildlife
to your yard: Food, water, and shelter. The program emphasizes the use of native plants to attract wildlife to
your yard. Native plants and wildlife evolved together. Native plants provide food and shelter that exotic
alien plants cannot. Species of plants will be recommended and wildlife-friendly landscaping techniques
will be illustrated in the presentation.

The importance of water to attracting wildlife is often overlooked, but is emphasized in this program, which
will show homeowners how to provide this vital attractant in the form of birdbaths to small ponds.
In addition, supplemental feeding with seed and suet and the use of feeders and nest boxes will be discussed
as methods of attracting birds to your home.

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                 Juniata Valley Audubon Society
                 Upcoming fieldtrips and programs.

                 For more information about these and other Juniata Valley Audubon Society events, visit ww.jvas.org

APRIL 3 Saturday — IRONSTONE TRAIL SHUTTLE HIKE: Five-mile downhill hike from the top of Tussey
Mountan, along Shaver’s Creek to the Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center grounds. Meet at Jo Hays Vista on Rt. 26 at
the top of Tussey Ridge at noon. Helena Kotala 502-7967, h_kotala@yahoo.com.

APRIL 10 Saturday — TIMBERDOODLES AT CANOE CREEK STATE PARK: The park has a variety of wet-
lands and old fields that provide ideal habitat for woodcocks. Observe the fascinating and unique flight of the timberdoo-
dle. Meet at Pavilion 1 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Stan Kotala 946-8840, ccwiba@keyconn.net.

APRIL 18 Sunday — FROGWATCH AT FLOWING SPRING: Meet at the Lower Trail Flowing Spring Trailhead at
6:30 p.m. for a short walk to listen to spring peepers, wood frogs, and perhaps other species, and possibly observe sala-
manders in the pools between the trail and the river. Bring a flashlight and/or headlamp. Dr. Stan Kotala 946-8840,

APRIL 24 Saturday — BEAR MEADOWS LOOP: Three-mile hike on the trail around this national natural landmark
in Rothrock State Forest. Spring peepers and wood frogs will be in full chorus. Possibility of seeing spotted salamanders.
You must bring a headlamp and/or a flashlight, as we will be completing the hike after dark. Meet at the Bear Meadows
Natural Area parking lot at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Stan Kotala 946-8840, ccwiba@keyconn.net.

APRIL 24 & 25 Saturday and Sunday — MARYLAND BIRDING TRAILS: Van service and one overnight. Leave at
8 a.m. Saturday, return Sunday evening. Paid reservations required by April 16. Call Terry Wentz 693-6563 for costs.

SERVE: After a hike on the trails, there will be an overview of the importance of the site as a Blair County Natural
Heritage Area, an Important Mammal Area, and an Important Bird Area. Meet at the Canoe Creek State Park Environ-
mental Education Center at 1 p.m. We’ll carpool to the Brush Mountain Preserve. Dr. Stan Kotala 946-8840,

MAY 2 Sunday — ROCKY RIDGE NATURAL AREA: Four-mile hike in this geologically and botanically rich area
along the Standing Stone Trail north of Huntingdon. Meet at McDonald’s on Rt. 22 in Huntingdon at noon. Dr. Stan Ko-
tala 946-8840, ccwiba@keyconn.net.

MAY 8 Saturday — INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY: Meet at the Education Center, Canoe Creek
State Park at 8 a.m. for a morning bird walk to see as many as 150 bird species during the peak of spring migration.
Later in the day, meet at the Lower Trail Flowing Spring Trailhead at 7 p.m. for an evening bird walk to see as many as
100 bird species. Click here to go to a PDF containing a map of the Lower Trail. Dr. Stan Kotala 946-8840,

MAY 16 Sunday — JVAS BIRDS AND WILDFLOWERS DAY: Peak spring migration for birds and the height of
early ephemeral wildflowers combine to make this the spectacle of the JVAS year. Coordinated by JVAS President
Terry Wentz, this event is free to all JVAS members or to those who sign up for JVAS membership at the event. $10 for
nonmembers. Meet at the Canoe Creek State Park Environmental Education Center at 2 p.m. Terry Wentz 693-6563

lowed by an evening walk in the park. Pavilion 2 in Canoe Creek State Park at 6 p.m. Georgia Bottenfield 832-2273

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                                  A New Web Site for the Greenway
The Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway has a new web site. Created by Intelmarx Web de-
signers and coordinated by Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area AmeriCorps member Matthew Beard, the new
site provides a stand-alone presence for the Greenway on the Web.

Previously, information on the Greenway was contained in a page on the Allegheny Ridge web site. The new
site offers an overview of the Greenway, a brief history of the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal, maps of the
Greenway and its water trails, resources along the corridor and links to Greenway partners.

                            Celebrate Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary
                                      Saturday, April 24th

                                      Bedford County Environmental
                                            Learning Network
                                         & Community Partners

                                            Shawnee State Park
                                            10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  Logan Valley Mall, Altoona
     10:00 am - 4:00 pm                        Tree Planting
                                           Educational Displays
Activities include educational dis-            Demonstration
 plays, kids crafts and entertain-                Disc Golf
           ment all day!                  Photography Workshops
                                          Tree Identification Hike        Calling all volunteers! Show your
        Hubie the Clown!                  Soles 4 Souls Shoe Drive           love for Raystown! Help the
                                                  & more!                 Friends of Raystown Lake spend a
        Live music by the                                                  day cleaning up remote areas of
       Steam City Riders!                                                              shoreline.

 Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens                                            This is a great event for young and
                                                                           old, clubs and individuals, and
   Native and Invasive Plants                                                      most of all YOU!

   Composting and Recycling                                                 Free lunch provided for volun-
                                        Free giveaways and prizes!         teers! We need volunteer vessels
                                      Bring a picnic & spend the day!              and captains too.
      For more information,
          please call the
                                      Please RSVP for the tree planting       For information contact
          Blair County                         to Jill Latuch
      Conservation District                                               Melissa Bean at (814) 658-6812.
                                      jlatuch@rei.com (814) 624-4427
      (814) 669-0877 ext 5

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               Bells Gap Rail Trail                             Drainage Remediation System. This is an artificially
                   by Helena Kotala                             -created wetland meant to neutralize the pH of the
                                                                water seeping from a coal mine on top of the moun-
The Bells Gap Rail Trail is a gem near the small                tain. This project was completed in 1998 and was a
town of Bellwood, PA, that combines the beautiful               joint effort of the Juniata Valley Audubon Society
scenery of the Allegheny Front and with the history             and the Blair County Conservation District. Along
of the Bells Gap Railroad.                                      the trail near the wetland, there is a small kiosk with
                                                                more information about the remediation project.
In the 1850s, the Bells Gap Railroad was built to
connect northern Pennsylvania with                                                  Shortly after the wetlands, the stun-
the main line railroad. The spur con-                                               ning vistas begin. Take a moment to
nects to the main line in the town of                                               stop and look out at the surrounding
Bellwood, and was originally built                                                  mountains of the Allegheny Front.
as a narrow-gauge rail line. It was                                                 Many portions of the trail are also
eventually converted to a standard-                                                 lined with abundant rhododendrons.
gauge line in 1872. The Bells Gap
Railroad remained in use until the                                                  When you get to Shaw Run, the trail
1930s, when Route 865 was im-                                                       dog-legs, and if you look down at
proved and the railroad became ob-                                                  the stream you will see a stone arch-
                                         A scenic vista as scene from the upper     way. Go down to the stream and get
solete. Because the rail line had to be section of the Bells Gap Trail. Photo
kept at a grade below 4%, it now         from the Bellwood-Antis Rail Trail web-
                                                                                    a closer look at the archway, but be
offers a relatively flat trail that is   site, http://barts.homestead.com           careful, because it’s a steep slope.
excellent for hiking, mountain bik-                                                 This is about the halfway point on
ing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.                       the trail, and a good spot to stop for lunch or for a
                                                                  break to take photos. Around this area, there are also
There are two “parts” to the trail. Approximately 2               some more breathtaking vistas overlooking the Bell-
miles of the trail is owned by Rails-to-Trails, and is            wood Reservoir. Shortly after this point, the official
officially the Bells Gap Rail Trail. However, the trail           Rail Trail owned by Rails-to-Trails begins. There
continues onto State Game Lands 158, adding an                    are several other information kiosks about the his-
extra 3 miles. The Rails-to-Trails portion of the trail           tory of the railroad, as well as some benches and
is made of crushed limestone, and the Game Lands                  small pavilions. The final portion of the trail runs
portion is slightly less improved.                                through the outskirts of Bellwood and ends up at the
                                                                  Rails-to-Trails parking lot on Rt. 865.
Parking for the trail can be found at the Rails-to-
Trails parking lot off Rt. 865, north of Bellwood.                If you go: Parking for the Bells Gap Rail Trail is lo-
The Game Lands parking lot at the top of the moun-                cated off Rt. 865 slightly north of Bellwood. If
tain on Rt. 865 offers parking at the other end of the            you’re on 865 north, the parking area will be on your
trail, in the small village of Lloydsville. You can ei-           right. Turn right off Rt. 865 onto Igou Rd. at the vil-
ther do this hike as a shuttle hike or an out and back            lage of Roots, and the parking lot will then be up
if you would like a longer outing. If you want to do a            ahead on your left. There is a small sign stating that
shuttle hike, you can start at either end. The trail is a         it is Rails-to-Trails parking.
modest (less than 4%) downhill from the Game
Lands parking area, so starting at the top offers an              Helena Kotala is a student at Penn State University
easier hike or cross-country ski.                                 and the Outings Co-Chair for the Moshannon Group
                                                                  of the Sierra Club.
Close to the upper entrance of the trail, on the Game
Lands, you will pass the Lloydville Run Acid Mine

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  The Huntingdon County Arts Council
                                                                      World Environment Day
                                                                   Celebrated this spring in Pittsburgh

          Local Artists * Kids Activities
          Rubber Duck Race * and more!                             For a complete list of events, visit

                                    Watershed Conference
                        What is Next for Water Quality in Pennsylvania?

                                               May 1, 2010
                                             7:30 am-4:30 pm
                                          Ramada Inn, State College

Please join the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, the PA Department of Environmental Protection,
and the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University in promoting the health and fu-
ture of Pennsylvania’s waterways on Saturday, May 1, 2010.

Citizens from all walks of Pennsylvania’s watershed community will have the opportunity to share their ex-
pertise and wisdom, as well as learn from peers. Participants will include community watershed organiza-
tions, Trout Unlimited chapters, and sportsmen’s groups, along with environmental professionals from con-
servation districts, government agencies, academia, and consulting firms.

Keynote speakers will be David Hess, Former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection, and George S. Hawkins, General Manager of the DC Water and Sewer Authority.

For more information, presenter and keynote bios, and information about registration, please visit the website:

                             The Juniata Clean Water Partnership                  Juniata Watershed Journal
                             (JCWP) is a non-profit coalition of                     Editor: Johanna Mutti
                             conservation groups, county plan-
                             ners, conservation districts, water-
                             shed associations, and citizens. We                        (814) 506-1190
                             have been assisting community
                             groups, schools, and organizations in
implementing watershed conservation projects and activities
throughout the region for over nine years now.

In order to continue our programs and events we rely on our
memberships and fundraisers. That is why your contribution is
vital to our organization. Please consider becoming a member or
                                                                               Juniata Clean Water Partnership
renewing your JCWP membership. We greatly appreciate your
support!                                                                                416 Penn Street
                                                                                    Huntingdon, PA 16652
By becoming a member of JCWP you are entitled to attend the
board of directors meetings and receive a daily discount on the                        Web: www.jcwp.org
annual sojourn. Memberships are valid on a yearly basis from                          Email: jcwp@jcwp.org
January 1st to December 31st. On the membership form below                            Phone: (814) 506-1190
identify the type of membership you would like, your name, con-
tact information, and the amount enclosed. Mail the membership                         Fax: (814) 506-1194
form and check to the JCWP office.

                   (Please cut off your Membership Form and send to the JCWP Office with your Check.)

                        JCWP 2010 Membership Form
                                                                              Please select your level:
Name:          __________________________________________                     □ $500 Sustaining Member
                                                                              □ $150 Corporate / Business
Affiliation:   __________________________________________
                                                                              □ $50 Non-Profit / Government
Address:       __________________________________________                     □ $35 Watershed group / Family
                                                                              □ $25 Individual
               __________________________________________                     □ $10 Student
                                                                              Additional Gift: $__________
Telephone:     __________________________________________

E-mail:        __________________________________________                     Total Enclosed: $__________

                                                                              Mail checks payable to the
                    Thank you for your support!                               Juniata Clean Water Partnership
                                                                              to the address above.
       A membership entitles you to a discount on the sojourn!


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