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tompicWOOLRICH, Pa, June 8, 2007. Woolrich continued its commitment to the outdoor community by opening the J. Woods Rich Shelter on the Mid State Trail today. Together with the Mid State Trail Association (MSTA), the nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to build and maintain the trail in Pennsylvania, Woolrich celebrated the opening with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00am, attended by notables including Woolrich President Jim Griggs; Tom Kelliher, president of the Mid State Trail Association; grandchildren of J. Woods Rich; and Clinton county officials.

Located in Woolrich Park, the J. Woods Rich Shelter is the first dedicated shelter along the Mid State Trail, the longest footpath in Pennsylvania. Named for a former president of Woolrich (1964 1968), the log cabin inspired shelter is a much needed break on what had been a 26 mile hike between shelters currently located at Ravensburg State Park and Bonnell Flats. The shelter features a slanted roof to protect hikers from harsh sun and winds and offers nearby restrooms and drinking water for the majority of the hiking season.

Woolrich maintains an interest in preserving the natural beauty of the Pennsylvania Mid State Trail and support of outdoor recreation, said Griggs. It is our hope that hikers from our area, as well as those visiting form out-of-state will be able to enjoy this shelter and the trail for years to come.

The shelter is the latest contribution in a list of local, regional and national conservation and outdoor recreation efforts supported by Woolrich, an authentic American brand known for outdoor lifestyle apparel and accessories for more than 176 years. 
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2007 Trail Crew Tioga Extension

Based on map measure aided by Scott Adams walking the most doubtful sections, the following MST main trail was completed by KTA Trail Crew last week: (June 2007)

SR 3009 to SR 3009 – 5.9 km
SR 3009 to Landrus opposite “the rock” – 6.9 km
Landrus to Sand Run Falls – 3.4 km
Sand Run Falls to SR 2016 – 2.2 km

Total: 18.4 km

By my tally this brings the completed MST to 503.2 km, when PENNDOT is done with the closed section of SR 3009 we are on briefly, we can say 504 km total, of which 460 km is MD border to Arnot Road in Charleston Township, and 44 km Hills Creek SP (also in Charleston Township) to Tompkins Rec Area.

And, between HCSP’s Lake Side Trail we will be using on the west side of Hills Creek Lake, and path cleared by Mike Sidell from HCSP to Orebed Road, there is approximately 5.6 km more that is cleared and may be blazed soon.

The road walk between the intersection of Warren Lane and Orebed Road, and the intersection of South Elk Run Road and Arnot Road, is 13.4 km, our target to get permission to be off road if possible, before next year’s Trail Crew at HCSP.

Thanks to all,

Pete Fleszar

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