A little about our Non Profit Organization. We are a group that formed with the intention of saving places where it is legal to ride ATVs/UTVs responsibly and respectfully in our area of Pennsylvania. Our current mission is to purchase the rights to one of the only remaining tracts of rail bed in Clarion County that hasn’t been already purchased and designated a walking/biking only trail that excludes any motorized modes of transportation. We are still in this process and are working closely with various organizations that are currently doing similar work in other areas of our state as well as state and federal agencies that are guiding and helping us navigate the tedious and costly process of obtaining the rights to this rail bed. We continue to have fundraisers such as T-shirt sales and membership drives that not only add to our financial resources but also give voice to our cause. Memberships are important to our goals in two ways. First, you are giving yourself a voice within our organization and contributing through your annual dues to our financial success towards purchase of the right to the rail bed and all of the legal and other cost associated with that as well as the maintenance and insurance needs that we will have in the future once the rights are secured. Secondly, you are joining your voice with ours to prove to local, state and even federal governments that there is a need and a desire for such places to be saved, preserved and even created. We hope that this brief explanation has helped you understand who we are, why we are and what we are hoping to accomplish. We also hope you will consider a family membership or outright donations and encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have and to share our story and mission with your riding friends and family as well.
Together we CAN .......
Piney Rail Riders
A little about our Non-Profit Organization. Our club was formed with the intention of preserving a stretch of railbed that had been used by local riders for decades. We also saw that there was a movement starting in Pennsylvania to expand our community in both areas to ride and the number of riders.
Our current mission is to purchase the Piney Creek railbed, which is appoximately 23.7 miles and spans 7 bridges, it stretches from the Piney Dam area to Brookville where it adjoins the Redbank Valley Trails, a biking and hiking trail, on which motorized vehicles are expressly prohibited.
We are still in this process and are working with various organizations doing similar work in other areas of our state. We continue to have fundraisers such as membership/sponsorship drives, apparel sales, and special events that not only add to our financial resources, but also give voice to our cause. Members/sponsors are an important part of our mission. Not only do they contribute financially, but they bring experience and exposure for our club and our mission. As our membership grows, we show sustainability, visibility, and volunteerism. We have trail maintenance days where we clean up the trail and cut back brush, repair any areas in need and get new projects started. We have member-only special events to give back to our members for all their support. The club holds open events every summer to allow non-members to come and check out the trail and get more information about our club. We are active in our community by assisting in fundraisers, attending parades and holding our own rides for families in need.
We have been a non-profit since 2017 and continue to grow each year. With the wave of enthusiasm growing in Pennsylvania for this hobby, we feel that this is the best possible time to reach our goals.
Melissa Kemmer-Daugherty (Treasurer)
Gerald Fetterman (Secretary)
Cinnamon (Marie) Vosburg (President)
Kenny Shaffer (Vice President)
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