AVTA and The Great American Cleanup
The state Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful trash scheduled pickup events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 and PENNDOT won't be giving out supplies until the threat is over. AVTA is canceling our event and is requesting that sometime when you are out on the trails in April and May that you take gloves and bags to pickup in the areas you wanted to do. There's usually not much to pickup along the trails. The parking areas have the most trash. Take the trash home if you can. If not let us know. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful also advises volunteers to watch for remanents of meth lab or “One Pot” meth labs. Look here for information on what to watch for: https://gacofpa.org/wp-content/uploads/methbrochure.pdf
Be prepared to:
Pick up trash. Carry out what you can. Leave remainder beside trail for later pickup. Report sections where pickup is required and any problems you see with the trail, i.e., trees down, logs on the edge of the trail, plugged drains.
If you can, clear the edge of the trail back 6-8 ft of stones, branches and anything that would damage a mower while trimming the edge. Trim branches up 2-3 feet from the ground and back 6-8 feet, where practical, for mower clearance. Trim branches back from the trail far enough that you won't hit them when riding on the edge of the trail and clear overhead so you don't need to duck. Trimmed branches should be thrown at least 10 feet off the trail.
To make reports contact Steve Schenck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-432-4115