Founded in 1996, the Friends of Raystown Lake is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the responsible stewardship of the natural and recreational resources of the Raystown Lake Project through the support of members and constituents in sponsoring and developing programs in education, resource protection and enhancement, and recreational improvement.
Did you know…
The Friends were the 2010 US Army Corps of Engineers Excellence in Partnership award winner. Over several months of competition The Friends contributions and accomplishments outshined other organizations, large and small, from across the country. To read the details of their contributions and accomplishments, or the award announcement click here.
"Friends" is a supporting partner in the Raystown Conservation Education Program. RayCEP is a group of agencies, schools, businesses and other organizations that have teamed together to provide educational programming for the visitors to Raystown Lake. The RayCEP sponsored student interns deliver programs, coordinate among partners and recruit speakers to present on a variety of environmental issues. For more information and a schedule of programs, please visit the RayCEP website.
“Friends” has been the keystone organization to bring 30 newly constructed miles of trail to Raystown visitors. Friends has help organize, fund, build and will maintain the Allegrippis Trails. For more information about this exciting new addition to Raystown that promises to be a regional draw for mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts visit the Trails webpage.
“Friends” helps fund supplies and provides volunteers in support of Raystown Lake’s artificial Fish Structure program. Every April volunteers spend their weekends building and placing fish cribs, boxes and trees. For more information about Fish Structure or to volunteer contact Tara Whitsel at 814-658-6811
“Friends” is also heavily involved in Natural Resource Management, contributing to and assisting with the Gypsy Moth Program, the American Chestnut Program, upland game bird habitat enhancement, various wildlife plantings and many other natural resource related activities.
We’d like to meet you! Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at Hoss’s in Huntingdon (on Rt. 22). Visitors and new members welcome!
There are over 500 “Friends” memberships and counting…
To become a member of the Friends and receive your car decal, patch & quarterly newsletter print and fill out the form below and mail to:
The Friends of Raystown Lake
PO Box 87
Hesston, PA 16647
For additional information give us a call at 814-658-0116.
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