2009-06-04 / Features

Natural Biodiversity And REI Sponsor Work Day

Maintenance project near Breezewood

Natural Biodiversity, a Johnstown based nonprofit conservation organization, and Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) are sponsoring a workday on June 6 at the proposed Pike-to Bike Trail along Route 30 near Breezewood.

Participants will remove invasive plants and learn about the importance of natural habitats. Invasive plants are those that are introduced to an area and spread quickly, taking available resources away from native plants and making it hard for native plants to survive.

The proposed Pike-to-Bike Trail will consist of an abandoned section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, making it the only trail in the nation utilizing an abandoned toll road. The trail is not yet developed and open for public use, only those participating in the workday will be permitted on the trial.

Participants will consist of REI employee volunteers, area Boy and Girl Scouts, as well as other volunteers. They will learn about invasive plants, weed management and hiking safety, through hands-on learning that includes inventorying and removing invasive plants.

To participate in this project, RSVP to Natural Biodiversity at 814-532-5049. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day to volunteers. Additionally, participants will be provided with a 2009 REI Get Dirty T-shirt while supplies last.

Natural Biodiversity - Natural Biodiversity is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the native diversity of plants and animals within the ecosystem of south-central and southwestern Pennsylvania by nurturing harmonious interactions between the natural populations and communities.

Recreational Equipment Inc. - REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions. With more than 100 stores across 27 states, the company operates distribution centers located in Bedford, Penn and Sumner, Wash.

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