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Guest post by Paul Lumia, Executive Director of North Branch Land Trust
Research shows that spending time outdoors doing some physical activity increases attention spans and creative problem-solving skills by as much as 50% and a Stanford University study demonstrated that walking gets the creative juices flowing far more than sitting. Translation . . . let’s get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. One way to do that is to support the construction and maintenance of your local public trail network.
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) is a federally designated heritage area including a walking and biking trail which follows the 165-mile route, mainly old rail beds that anthracite coal and other products took from the source in northeast Pennsylvania to markets in the Philadelphia area.
The D&L Trail is not quite complete on the Wyoming Valley end but that is about to change! North Branch Land Trust (NBLT) is working closely with the folks at the D&L, Earth Conservancy, Anthracite Scenic Trail Association (ASTA), and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources – Bureau of Forestry (DCNR) to complete the trail from Mountain Top to Wilkes-Barre, one of the final links in the entire 165 mile trail.
Check out the enclosed map below to view the trail sections from White Haven to Wilkes-Barre. Also check out this interactive web link to see the entire D&L Trail from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol.
How can you help? You can pitch in by offering your volunteer or financial support to any one of the participating organizations. You can also support trail building efforts by spreading word about this project on social media. Let others know about this initiative and its recreational benefits. Share this blog post, the project map and the D&L Trail web link, talk it up and most definitely, get out and enjoy the great outdoors!!!