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Friends of Weiser State Forest
The Friends of Weiser organized in 2010 in order to ensure the future use of forest lands through the preservation of forest trails. The trails at Weiser State Forest are multi-use meaning most trails are open to hikers, bikers, horses, hunters and hand gliders. The group works in cooperation with the DCNR forestry personnel who approve all project improvements.
Within the Weiser State Forest are some very rugged and secluded wooded areas. These areas can be reached by the 65 miles of roads which have been constructed for wildfire suppression and administrative use.
Upcoming Workday Schedule - See Calendar of Events TabWe have scheduled a work day for Friday Oct 18 at 10 am. I know many of you can not make it on a Friday but we were presented with an opportunity Nick and I hated to pass up. Milton Hershey School has a service day that day and they are willing to bus a number of students up to helps us. We will be meeting at 10am at the office and working till 2pm. We are going to be painting the sign posts, maybe working on the bridge and some other odd & ends. Any one who can join us please come out.…
Upcoming Meetings -
Our current project -
Oct. 18, 2013 - Milton Hershey School Seniors volunteer at Weiser.
We had a very productive work day this past Friday, Oct. 18. Milton Hershey Schools brought 9 students up for their service day. We painted the signs on the Troutman Trail, the signs around the entrance, signs on the way up White Oak Road, blew the leaves off the picnic grounds and put the top rail on the bridge to Split Rock trail. It was really nice having this group of seniors up to help! Thanks everyone for volunteering your time! It was greatly appreciated.
BRIDGE at MINNICH'S HIT - the beginning to end
–Haldeman\Greenland Tracts,is replacing a bridge that has been washed out for years on the Split Rock Trail. The trail head is located at Minnich’s Hit Picnic Area. On December 16, 2012, a group of volunteers began the work on the new bridge. They were able to finish the majority of the work. A special thanks to all who volunteered.
Nick Zulli reads the blueprints before bridge construction begins.
The walking bridge deck was finished on December 16, 2012.
- Expand an old existing trail that makes a loop off rim trail at the top of the mountain just past the hang glider launch. We will just need to clear out the bottom part of the loop which will not take much work at all.
- Repaint of replace trail markers- DONE
- Replace old grills and tables at Minnich's Hit Picnic area - DONE
- Re-Route Preserve Line and Wolf Pond Trail
- Discussion on opening new trails to connect the trail system to the town of Lykens is still being considered for 2014. Another possible trail is from the end of Lukes to Fawn Kill.
OUR SECOND PROJECT COMPLETE on November 13, 2011.
Our second project - was to build a hitching post to tie horses at Minnich's Hit Picnic Area so riders could use the restrooms and picnic. The rail is 30 feet long and has places to tie 10 horses. Don Newcomber did most of the work, he did a great job with Scott's & Rick's help! It didn't take long until Scott visited the site and found several horses tied to the hitching post!
Installation of the Hitching Post
Hitching Post is getting more use.
WE DECLARED THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED TRAIL COMPLETE on July 16, 2011.
Our first project - was to continue the physically challenged trail at Minnich's Hit that was started by the Rattling Creek Singletrackers Bike Club. The first leg of this work began on March 19, 2011. Nineteen volunteers attended the workday to help move mid-sized stones to a staging area. The stone will be used to build small walls needed to level the trail that leads to the meandering creek with its pristine waters and soothing sounds.
Trails - Multi-use
Several trails exist within the Haldeman/Greenland tracts: