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the hillside was wooded, although it had steepened and was strewn with boulders as big as shacks. One was perfectly square, and from a distance I thought it was a shack. In another tangle of boulders, this one above the creek, where even deer feared to tread, I found a lovely bed of spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata). Their white-striped evergreen leaves adorned the winter forest floor where it was protected from deer browsing. Green clubmosses, not a deer food, were abundant in the open stretches of woodland. In open places beside the trail, the dried seed heads of goldenrod, asters and meadowsweet reminded me of late summer’s colorful abundance. Staghorn sumac still held aloft their pyramidal-shaped clusters of red seeds. Tulip trees, growing tall and straight in a floodplain forest, offered their seeds to a pair of black-capped chickadees. Along the creek oak trees still clung to clusters of dried, brown leaves. A belted kingfisher emitted its rattling call as it flew downstream. Once we glimpsed a black squirrel, a melanistic color phase of the gray squirrel, more common in the northern part of its range, scamper across the trail in front of us. Translucent water, sparkling in the sunlight, dripped from beneath thin layers of rock on the hillside, and red sphagnum moss mopped up the moisture. I heard the peter-peter of a tufted titmouse and the call of a hairy woodpecker emanating from the forest above. After three-and-a-half relatively level miles, we turned around and chose a picturesque spot on one of the benches overlooking the creek to eat our lunch. Afterwards, as we approached the parking lot, we encountered the first people we had seen all day on that section of the Ghost Town Trail. A half mile east of Dilltown, still in Indiana County, we took a shorter hike over a network of trails in the Blacklick Valley Natural Area, which is across Blacklick Creek from the Ghost Town Trail. The JANUARY 2009 Blacklick Trail beside the creek was particularly lovely, although in this area the water was flat. Black-capped chickadees welcomed us and cedar waxwings keened in the treetops. David and Penny Russell had donated this 713-acre plot of land to Indiana County back in 1995, and its varied habitats, including a series of mature evergreen tree plantations, are no doubt magnets for wildlife and songbirds. But despite the unseasonable warmth, it was mid-afternoon on a winter day — the nadir of both the day and the year — and we mostly enjoyed the quiet ambience of the place. By then we had walked more miles than I liked to think about, and Bruce promised me that our last stop would be brief but unusual. We drove into the old coal town of Vintondale in Cambria County. Unlike the “ghost towns,” Vintondale is still very much alive. It has only a quarter of the population (528 in 2000) than it had in 1910 (2,053), though, when the Vinton Colliery was at its height of production. At that time, 32 languages and dialects were spoken in the town. By the early 1980s, long after the long wall coal mines had closed and the coal company absconded around 1956, left behind were the usual acid mine drainage and the site where the Vinton Colliery buildings had stood had become a dump. That’s when a Rural Abandoned Mineland Project had covered the site with waste coal 4- to 8-feet thick. Then, in 1994, T. Allan Comp, an historic preservationist working for the National Park Service’s National Heritage Areas Program, approached Vintondale with a plan that combined art and science to clean up the industrial site. He called it AMD&ART. He wanted a park for the people that would showcase their history and the natural beauty of the area. The citizens wanted a ball park. Working with them and with a dedicated group of AmeriCorps and Vista volunteers, as well as with a host of innovative designers and 53

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009
Contents
2007-08 Annual Report
Untagged Traps
Field Notes
Conservation News
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Contents
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Untagged Traps
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2009 - Crossings
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