The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (http://paconserve.org/) has announced the details of this summer’s “one-day float” along the northern Youghiogheny River. Scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2012, “Rock the Yough” will focus on the geology, ecology and history of the river. The Conservancy has hosted a river sojourn since 2004.
This year’s event will begin at the Yough River Park in Connellsville, PA, then participants will travel to Hazelbaker’s Bottom Yough Outfitters, Inc., in Layton, a distance of 14 miles. The cost per person is set at $65.00, a price that will include meals, canoe rental, shuttle service, a 2012 sojourn T-shirt, and educational programs.
The WPC played a key role in the creation of Ohiopyle State Park and the Youghiogheny River rail-trail. Some of their earliest land protection efforts, dating to the 1950s, were in the Youghiogheny River watershed. The organization has helped expand the holdings of Forbes State Forest, and their conservation efforts along the river protect habitat for important plants and animals. This work also provides recreational opportunities, and scenic protection along the river corridor.
Sponsors for the 2012 “Rock the Yough” float include Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania American Water, Sheetz, WYEP Radio, Immersion Research, and REI.
For more information or to register for the river sojourn, contact Michelle Loose (724-471-7202, ext. 5110). The registration deadline is Friday, May 25, 2012.