By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item
BEAVER SPRINGS — A new nature trail at Faylor Lake featuring a 1.9-mile walking path will be unveiled Sunday afternoon.
Snyder County Commissioners Joe Kantz, Malcolm Derk III and Peggy Chamberlain Roup will lead the public on a tour of the trail beginning at 2 p.m.
The idea to create a nature trail at the county-owned lake came from Kantz about two years ago.
“I was taking inventory of some of the county’s assets when I realized we have such a great place to see so many varieties of wildlife,” he said. “I just thought it was time we begin utilizing this great piece of property the county owns. In talking to area residents, people are always looking for a great place to take a walk and exercise, and the vast amount of wildlife you may see at Faylor Lake will keep people coming back again and again.”
An outdoor enthusiast, Kantz has spotted Whitetail deer, bald eagles, turkeys, various species of turtles, rabbits, groundhogs, osprey and snakes in the area.
With support from his county board peers, Kantz worked with Snyder County Conservation District’s Watershed Specialist Jason Winey to create the trail.
“When Commissioner Kantz and I first went to mark the trail, we realized there had been a trail there before. We used some of the old trail and marked out a new section,” Winey said.
Armed with brush cutters, a chain saw and rakes, Winey and Kantz were aided in clearing the new trail by volunteers from the county’s community service program and Eagle Scout candidate Anthony Lorraine and fellow troop members.
“The scouts did an amazing job clearing the brush and raking the trail. Anthony also raised funds to buy materials and subsequently built trail markers and a beautiful sign at the parking area,” Derk said. “He did an amazing job.”
Chamberlain encourages the public to join them Sunday.
“We will walk the trail with anyone from the public who would like to enjoy a leisurely walk, share some friendly conversation and, hopefully, see some wildlife. We want people to know it’s here and it’s a great place to bring your kids and go for a walk,” she said.
For more information about the new nature trail, visit www.snydercounty.org