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KEEP IT WILD CAMPAIGN TO PRESERVE SPECIAL PLACES
Responsible Drilling Alliance seeks preservation of acreage in Loyalsock State Forest
Williamsport, PA—August 30, 2012—Anyone familiar with the Loyalsock State Forest in Lycoming County near Ralston, PA will understand why Rock Run and Old Loggers Path are such beloved treasures of the PA Wilds. Rugged cliffs, crystal-clear pools, and jaw-dropping waterfalls prompted Backpacker Magazine to name Rock Run as one of the best swimming holes in America. In Backpacking Pennsylvania, author Jeff Mitchell described the Path as “…one of Pennsylvania’s premier loop trails. The OLP showcases some of the state’s most scenic areas, with sweeping vistas, cascading streams, rock outcrops and Rock Run, a stream of exceptional beauty.”
Sadly, the area is threatened with industrial development. If it occurs, this core wilderness in and around the Old Loggers Path and on the edges of the Rock Run watershed will be forever changed.
Responsible Drilling Alliance, based in Williamsport PA, has teamed up with other stakeholders across the region to organize “Keep It WILD”, a campaign to preserve the Rock Run & Old Loggers Path area for future generations. To support the effort, the public is invited to gather on September 8th at 1:30 pm at the Ralston Fire Hall. For details, visit: www.keepitwildblog.blogspot.com.
The event will include short presentations on gas development in the surrounding region, as well as legal, political, and environmental challenges faced in preserving an oasis of exceptional public land in the center of four heavily drilled counties. Participants will be given directions on how to lightly explore this fragile area on foot, as it is necessarily designed for minimal traffic intrusion.