Piney Rail Riders to Discuss Feasibility Study
During Public Meeting November 10.
Thursday, October 27, 2022 @ 12:10 AM
Posted by exploreClarion
(CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The Piney Rail Riders (PRR) will discuss a recent feasibility study during a public meeting on November 10.
The meeting is set for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles located at 81 Stone House Road, Clarion, Pa.
Members will discuss the completion of a feasibility study for the Piney Rail Trail that began in 2020.
The study, led by Laird Recreation & Land Planning, is a step in the process of receiving grants for the project.
The multi-use trail is leased by PRR and stretches 23.7 miles long. The club is submitting a grant at the end of October for the acquisition of the trail. The feasibility study is a key part of the club being awarded grant money.
For more information and directions to the trail, visit www.pineyrailriders.org.
The issue of illegal ATVs and dirt bikes on public roads has been a growing issue in Philadelphia with instances that have included hundreds of riders in groups traveling through the city.
Senate Bill 1183 makes it unlawful to operate a snowmobile, dirt bike, or ATV on any street or highway that isn’t designated for them. Law enforcement would also be able to seize the illegal vehicles.
“A dirt bike or all-terrain vehicle operated on any public street, highway or right-of-way in a city of the first class, second class, second class A or third class or a borough in violation of this section shall be designated as prima facie contraband subject to forfeiture.”
The bill would include sidewalks, a bike lanes, berms, and shoulders.
A snowmobile, dirtbike or ATV may be used on highways and streets during periods of emergency or when necessary to cross a bridge or culvert.
The bill will take effect in 60 days.
PA GREAT OUTDOORS VISITOR BUREAU
This week PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) awarded grant funding to three projects in Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors region.
Elk County Riders, Inc., $444,100, for development of the Byrnedale ATV Connector Trail in Jay Township, Elk County
Marienville Trail Trail Riders Snowmobile Club, $53,400, for purchase of equipment to maintain and construct approximately 150 miles of snowmobile trails in the Allegheny National Forest and Jenks Township, Forest County.
Central Mountains ATV Association Inc., $89,200, for purchase of equipment to maintain and construct approximately 300 miles of the Central Mountains ATV Association trail system in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Union and Warren counties.
The grant funds are from the DCNR ATV Management Restricted Account and Snowmobile Management Restricted Account will support construction or maintenance of ATV and snowmobile trails and facilities.
Renovo, PA -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today visited Clinton County to announce that $1.2 million in new grant funding will help development of an ATV connector trail.
“DCNR continues to recognize the desire of the ATV riding community to be able to travel long distances legally and without interruption and the positive effect such opportunities can have on local communities,” Dunn said. “This grant provides resources to further the connection between communities in the region and provide outdoor recreation opportunities to Pennsylvanians. We are pleased to make this announcement and look forward to seeing the impact of this grant for years to come.”
The county will use the grant for the Whiskey Springs to Bloody Skillet ATV Connector trail, which will connect Renovo to Chapman Township. Work will include construction of approximately 1.25 miles of trail from Brewery Run Road to Sproul State Forest that will be ADA accessible and include other landscaping and site improvements.
“A few years ago, Secretary Dunn encouraged us to look at using private land to develop smaller ATV connector trails that would help close a few gaps and pave the way for the proposed Whiskey Springs to Bloody Skillet ATV Connector Trail,” said Clinton County Economic Partnership and Visitors Bureau Chamber/Tourism Director Julie Brenan. “This Brewery Run connector is a big response to that idea. As we participate in outdoor and travel shows around the state and beyond, ATV riding is what we talk to people about the most. They want places to ride, and we’ve got the space in Clinton County to make that happen.”
DCNR provides grants to myriad projects across the commonwealth annually, including a $70 million investment during the 2021-22 fiscal year. Its Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants can fund:
Planning, acquisition, and development of public parks and recreation areas
Motorized and non-motorized trails
River conservation and access
Heritage areas and facilities
Conservation of critical habitat, natural areas and open space
Eligible applicants for these grants include counties, municipalities, municipal agencies, nonprofit organizations, state heritage areas, prequalified land trusts, and for-profit enterprises. Grant funding for the program comes from a variety of state funding sources including Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, Environmental Stewardship Fund, ATV and Snowmobile Management Restricted Accounts, Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program, and federal sources including the Recreational Trails Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. DCNR selects the most appropriate funding source based on the applicant and proposed project.
Pennsylvania has more than 6,100 local parks. Under the administration of Governor Tom Wolf, DCNR has awarded more than $342 million in grants to 1,965 projects across the commonwealth.
Learn more about DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program grants on the DCNR website.