Spruce Knob – Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Volunteer Day & Celebration

If you’re looking for a good excuse to get out in the woods this summer you may want to check out the Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Volunteer Day and Celebration on July 28th.

REI, the National Forest Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, American Conservation Experience (ACE) and the Student Conservation Association are joining together on July 28th to celebrate National Forests and the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. The celebration will be at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center.

Community partners will celebrate the Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks recreation areas and the trails that get us there.  They’re looking for volunteers to lend a hand on Saturday the 28th to help maintain the Seneca Rocks Trail.

The day will begin at 9am at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center. Check will be between 9a and 10a for a brief welcoming and orientation. Volunteers will need to be prepared for the day and have sturdy hiking boots, long pants, work gloves, plenty of water, snacks, and other clothing appropriate for the weather. They’ll be working on the trail rain or shine.

The work will be led by staff from the Monongahela National Forest, ACE and SCA Crew Leaders.  They will provide an orientation to tools and safety, talk about trail maintenance, and then it’s time to get to work! Staff and volunteers will break up into several groups to do trail maintenance on the Seneca Rocks Trail.

Around 12:30, everyone will pack up and head down from the trail to the Discovery Center to wrap up with a big Thank You to the volunteers!

This program is open to individuals and families with children 12 years and older. Pre-registration is required, and participation is FREE.  For more information or to register, please contact Kelly Bridges at 304-635-4432 or kellybridges@fs.fed.us.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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