Hike the proposed Scandia National Recreation Area. Search for HWA

On Sunday, June 8, Friends of Allegheny Wilderness (FAW) will hike into the untrammeled wilds of the proposed Scandia National Recreation Area on the west side of the Allegheny Reservoir to take in the stunning backcountry scenery and to look for signs of the non-native invasive insect hemlock wooly adelgid (HWA) that threatens Pennsylvania’s state tree. The hike will be approximately four miles round-trip, and all off trail (though old remnant logging roads will be utilized in places). Hikers will need to be able and willing to climb over fallen logs and navigate steep terrain in places.

During this hike, not only will participants get to see a beautiful, wild and undeveloped portion of the Allegheny National Forest that few people get to see (Jackson Run drainage), but they also will learn the skills necessary to monitor for HWA anywhere they go in the woods, whether it is the ANF or elsewhere in northwest Pennsylvania, western New York, northeast Ohio, etc. To whet your appetite for the hike, a video clip provides some views of the proposed Scandia National Recreation Area: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T8wlfEJsGg.

There is no charge to join this hike, but participants will need to take all of their own water, snacks, food, etc., and come prepared for any weather conditions. The group will meet at the old Scandia general store parking lot at the four corners at the top of the hill in Scandia at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 8, to embark on the hike. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is advisable, if you have one, though not absolutely critical. Contact FAW at info@pawild.org or call 723-0620 for more information or with any questions.