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Get back to nature during 3rd annual Walk in Penn’s Woods at Hatch Run

Photo submitted to Times Observer The Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area will be the location for this year’s Walk in Penn’s Woods scheduled for 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday Oct. 6.

Since the inaugural Walk in Penn’s Woods in October 2017, thousands have gained in their awareness of and appreciation for Pennsylvania forests.

This year’s walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 6.

In Warren County, it will be hosted by the Warren County Conservation District from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area (HRCDA).

WCCD staff, consulting foresters Dave Trimpey and Dave Miller, and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Service Forester Taylor Chamberlin will lead the walk on a maintained hiking trail. The walk will go about one-half mile. There is limited wheelchair and stroller access. People-friendly leashed pets are welcome and their owners are required to clean up after them.

“We are one of more than 50 sites across the state where Pennsylvanians of all ages will be getting out in the woods, building appreciation for the forest, the people who own them, and the importance of caring well for them,” WCCD Conservation Program Assistant Sherry Moore said. “Pennsylvania’s woods bring us values that we sometimes take for granted. The trees and ground cover provide nutrients for the soil, food and homes for wildlife, clean air and water, wood products that we use daily, and peace and tranquility for us to enjoy.”

“The woods ‘work’ for us,” Moore said. “Walk in Penn’s Woods raises awareness about the importance of forests to our lives and the effort that goes into caring for them. “

Those interested in participating are asked to park at the HRCDA Trail Head parking lot on Hatch Run about 1.25 miles east of Route 62.

Information about other Walks in Penn’s Woods may be found at www.walkinpennswoods.org and clicking on the ‘where are the walks happening’ tab.

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