Help Tell the Story of Marcellus Shale's Greatest Treasures

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Photo: Vera Scroggins
I need your help telling the story of Marcellus Shale's Greatest Treasures.

As many of you know, the Marcellus Shale region contains some of Pennsylvania's most beautiful places, like the northern Poconos and the Allegheny National Forest.  These places are treasured by residents as well as visitors from all corners of the world.

In the past five years, however, this region has  become valued for something besides its beautiful wilderness.   The U.S.G.S. estimates that 84 trillion cubic feet of valuable natural gas may be trapped beneath the surface of the multi-state Marcellus region.

Half of our state parks lie within the boundaries of this geological formation, and one third of our state forest has already been leased for drilling.  As we learn more about potential threats associated with natural gas development -from deforestation to water contamination - it's more important than ever that we understand and communicate the value of our public lands and the need to protect them from harm.

That's why I would like to know about your Marcellus Greatest Treasure.  Is there a favorite park your family visits every summer?  Did you see an unforgettable sunset at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, or have an amazing encounter with wildlife at Ricketts Glen?  If so, I want to hear about it.  I'm collecting stories from outdoor recreationists about their experiences on public lands in the Marcellus region.  By collecting and publishing these stories, we can show others what's at stake.

Please email your stories to me at cfrankenberg@outdoors.org.  Thank you!

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