Join us for the 2018 Walk in Penn’s Woods

 Join us for an American chestnut hunt!  We’re teaming up with Penn State’s 2018 Walk in Penn’s Woods to host a walk focused on the American chestnut.

TACF Member and American chestnut hunter aficionado Mike Manes, will lead a walk at the Merrill Creek Reservoir in Warren County, NJ. This walk will be featured in the 2018 Walk in Penn’s Wood. This is your opportunity to see the American chestnut featured in Mike’s article “The Merry One”, in the Journal of The American Chestnut Foundation — Winter 2018 (Issue 1 Vol. 32) pp 14-16.

Hike Description: Meet inside Visitors Center of the Merrill Creek Reservoir at 10:15 a.m. The hike starts at for a 10:30 a.m. This is a seven-mile loop hike around a large New Jersey reservoir. Over half the trip will be on dirt roads or dikes near the reservoir.  There is also a

bout a 2.5 miles walk on trails inside the environmental area. We plan to stop at an extremely large American chestnut tree (17-inch diameter in November 2017) with no visible symptoms of blight. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. About 12:30 PM we will be at a counting station for migrating raptors, this will be our location for lunch. Good waterfowl sightings may be made during the hike. Expect wet and/or muddy trails, appropriate footwear recommended.  For your comfort, there are clean restrooms at the Visitor’s Center. Anticipated completion time is about 3:00 PM. Please, no dogs on this trip.  NOTE – Hiking pace will slow down at times for bird observation.