Eric Chapman (Director of Aquatic Science, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy)
Scott Schuette (Inventory Manager, Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program)
Depart: 7:15 a.m.
Return: 5:30 p.m.
Difficulty: Easy. Several miles of canoeing on a wide river, with the current.
Destination: Allegheny River, Mill Creek and Emlenton, PA
Conference themes: Special Species/Natural Communities
Attendees will paddle a short (5-mile) section of the Allegheny River between Mill Creek and Emlenton. This section of the river is free-flowing and has been a focus of conservation efforts to protect and enhance aquatic habitats for freshwater mussels, fish, and eastern hellbenders as well as efforts to enhance unique riverscour prairies. The Allegheny River Trail runs along the left bank. This is a paved bicycle trail that formerly supported a regional railroad, but is now a popular bicycling route that is part of the Erie to Pittsburgh rails-to-trails project. Join staff scientists from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy in a discussion of the conservation efforts to protect and manage these riverscour grasslands and important aquatic habitats.
Transportation: Bus from Conference Venue, Canoe onsite.
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