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February 11, 2014

Volunteers clear 2.3 of 6.2-mile North Branch Canal Trail in Montour County

— MAHONING TWP. — Snow halted their efforts on Sunday, but volunteers already have cleared brush from along 2.3 miles of the 6.2-mile North Branch Canal Trail.

The next work day is planned for 1 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16, according to Montour Area Recreation Commission Director Bob Stoudt.

Volunteers should meet at the trailhead in Mahoning Township, which is about one mile from the Danville Soccer Park.

So far, three work days have been held to clear vegetation ranging from small to medium-size trees. “We had to leave major trees and are trying to work around them or we may bring in a company to clear them,” he said.

The trail, starting in Mahoning Township, covers 6.2 miles and will be linked with the Catawissa Boat Club.

A public meeting on the trail will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Danville Borough Council chambers, Mill Street. People living around the trail will be invited to attend. Stoudt will explain the project at that time.

The trail, along the north branch of the Susquehanna River, will be for bicycles, walking and hiking.

Stoudt said the vegetation clearing is the first phase of the project.

Possibly in April and weather-permitting, he expects earthmoving operations to begin to make the trial 60 inches wide.

Small earthmoving equipment will be used to re-level the trail and “get it in as good condition as we can,” he said.

He said a lot of volunteers will be needed to rake the trail to make it level and to do reseeding.

If the recreation commission is able to raise money, he said they plan to install 14 culverts and four small trail bridges along the trail.

He plans a capital campaign to raise money for supplies.

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