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Briefs

Free fishing program

The Forest Service will be offering a free, family-friendly fishing program on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Kinzua Beach. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has issued an educational exemption for this program therefore, no fishing license is required to participate. “All ages are welcome to join this introductory program which will go over basic fishing techniques, tackle and bait options, fish species you’re likely to catch, and then spend time fishing in the reservoir,” said Ranger Sarah Needs. Limited fishing equipment is available for use by program participants, including fishing rods, hooks, and bait. To sign up, contact Sarah Needs by May 24 at (814) 927-5776 or sarah.needs@usda.gov.

Outdoor club to kayak

Members of the Allegheny Outdoor Club will kayak on the Chadakoin River on Sunday. The group will meet at 2 p.m. at McCrea Point Park, 14 Jones & Gifford Ave., Jamestown, at the kayak launch. Come into the park and turn left.

ATV trails to open

The Forest Service will open ATV and OHM trails at 8 a.m on Friday, May 24. The summer riding season will run through Sept. 29. Forest Service staff and contractors have been working hard on numerous trail projects in preparation for the coming season. Improvements occurred on the Timberline trail system where tread was reestablished on sections of the trail to address resource concerns and drainage issues. The projects were funded directly through motorized trail permit sales and were completed in partnership with American Conservation Experience (ACE) young adult trail crews. Annual permits are required to operate ATVs, UTVs, and OHMs on the 109-mile, motorized trail system. Information on how to secure a permit is available on the forest website.

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