Forestry association organizes Walks in Penn’s Woods for this Sunday | Newville

Dave Twining is inviting the public to take a hike this Sunday, but not in a mean-spirited way.

“I want this to be a pleasant stroll in nature,” the West Pennsboro Township man said. “We want to encourage anyone interested in forestry and wildlife to come out and enjoy the afternoon.”

Twining is hosting guided walks at 1 and 3 p.m. through Canterwood — his privately owned tree farm and wildlife habitat at 683 Barnstable Road. There is no cost to participate.

A local landowner, Twining is on the board of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association which has organized walks throughout the state for Oct. 1. Called Walk in Penn’s Woods, the hope is that this initiative could become an annual event on the first Sunday of October.

“Pennsylvania literally means Penn’s Woods,” according to a press release issued by the association. “Our forests provide a spectacular and significant timber reserve but also a water resource, pollution filter, carbon store, wildlife habitat and biodiversity reserve.

“This priceless source of recreational and aesthetic enjoyment is challenged by invasive plants and diseases, climate change, mismanagement, development pressures and legacy issues,” the release states.

The Canterwood walks will take hikers over a 1.5-mile-long route of mostly mowed trail through stands of evergreen and areas where Twining has planted trees in former cornfields. Participants will also venture into an established hardwood forest that has some trees marked for harvest.

Each walk will take about 60 to 80 minutes and will feature expert commentary by a professional forester. There will also be a 10-minute video presentation showcasing some of the wildlife seen on the property.

The Canterwood property includes a conservation easement of land that can never be subdivided or…

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