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An AOC Project for Warren Gives

In 2010 the Allegheny Outdoor Club, partnering with several local, state, and federal agencies, helped dedicate a wildlife viewing platform, overlooking the outflow waters of the Kinzua Dam. Now, twelve years later, with eagle activity near an all-time high this past winter, the AOC has determined that re-makes are necessary on some of the interpretive signs that are spotted along the Watchable Wildlife Trail leading from the visitor center parking area to the overlook platform and to the adjacent boat launch facility. The platform itself is in need of restoration as well.

With the assistance of its financial agent, Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development, the outdoor club plans to replace at least half the original panels which have been damaged by the sun’s UV rays. The partners also will seek funding for a platform refurbishing.

Additionally, a Kinzua project partner, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) has announced that a one-way loop road from the boat launch to the parking area will be constructed beginning in 2022. ACE will also have a small, 4-space parking area with accessibility constructed near the wildlife viewing platform, making it more convenient for those wishing to use the river overlook.

The AOC relies on dues, donations and the Warren Gives program to help fund its share of forest projects similar to this wildlife viewing platform. Funding provides for tools, materials and supplies, and signage. The club has received a number of grants from the Community Foundation of Warren County for its recreation projects.

The Allegheny Outdoor Club is in its 54th year of active participation in non-motorized recreational activities in the surrounding forests, including hiking, biking, XC-skiing, and kayaking. Membership is open to all, and new members are always welcome. Dues are minimal and the outdoor fun always pleasurable and healthy for the mind and body.

Contact: Linda Ross
Phone: 814-726-3920
Email: freetobe51lj@yahoo.com

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