Forest Service seeks volunteers

The Bradford Ranger District of the Allegheny National Forest and the Warren County Visitors Bureau (WCVB) recently signed a partnership agreement intended to enhance the visitor experience by providing a monetary stipend to volunteers willing to staff the Kinzua Point Information Center (KPIC) on Saturdays. The WCVB has allocated funds for the remaining Saturdays this summer (through Labor Day) as well as for all Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2015. KPIC is the facility located at the west end of the James Morrison Memorial Bridge on Route 59.

According to WCVB board president Coralee Wenzel, “This new partnership is a first step toward providing Warren County visitors with an additional location to obtain literature and interact one-on-one when seeking information about the area.” Currently, the Warren County Visitors Bureau in Starbrick and the Kinzua Dam Information Center are the only locations where information is readily available to the traveling public.

KPIC is easily accessible from Route 59 and is situated in a prime location for visitors. “It is across the road from Longhouse Scenic Drive, across the bridge from Kinzua Beach and Wolf Run Marina, three miles from the Kinzua Dam and 10 miles from Route 6, making it a key gateway into the county.” Wenzel stated.

Many initiatives seeking to capitalize on tourism dollars are underway in the county and in the region and the Warren County Visitors Bureau’s mission is to assist these causes where possible. “The Warren County Visitors Bureau believes KPIC on its current merits alone should be open all weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day and will continue to take steps toward that end. Once The Trails at Jakes Rocks open, Kinzua Point Information Center will become the ‘jewel of information centers’ for the Allegheny Reservoir area,” Wenzel said.

The monetary stipend will be paid to volunteers for 6 hour shifts, 10am-4pm, on Saturdays. Volunteers are expected to present themselves dressed appropriately to greet members of the public. Because of the remote location, volunteers are required to work in pairs. Those interested in volunteering between now and Labor Day weekend should call 723-3667 for information.