Conservation Corner…by Ken Gfroerer
Great News ! Keith Pitzer, Executive Director of Friends of the Cheat (FOC) along with board member Charlie and Sandy Walbridge have successfully secured the donation of a strategic 4 acre parcel to FOC in downtown Rockville, WV ! This 4 acres had changed hands numerous times and these folks kept hounding the title trail like a beagle on a bunny until they finally figured out the owner was Chesapeake Energy. To make a long story short, Keith improved upon his original plan of attempting to buy it by getting the parcel donated. Not only does this secure long term access to put in for the Big Sandy, but it may also prove helpful in obstructing unauthorized ATV access to the river right trail leading down to Wonder and Splat. If you or your significant other has ever hiked this beer can-lined, mud pitted beauty, you know how beneficial it will be to the environment and recreational hikers if we can thwart trespassing and irresponsible ATV activity in that area. OK, maybe it is a long shot, but you got to start somewhere…look at the improvements in downtown Jenkinsburg ! If you want to donate to FOC’s campaign to construct a parking area and ATV barriers, please check in at http://cheat.org or call 304-329-3621. …and thank Keith, Charlie and Sandy when you see them at Cheat Fest May 5th !
In other news, The Youghiogheny Riverkeeper will soon be selling combination water-bottles/Organic T-shirts (take the shirt out before you use the bottle for drinking). Please keep your eye out for them at local Ohiopyle retailers soon ! (or – better yet—STOP BY the YRK home office at Mountain Watershed Assoc. in Melcroft on 711 enroute to the Yough sometime and pick one up !)…every self-respecting paddler who loves the Yough should own one and belong to the Yough Riverkeeper/Mountain Watershed !