Friends of Cook Forest looking for volunteers

COOKSBURG – Friends of Cook Forest is looking for a few good volunteers to help participate in upcoming programs at the state park.

A hemlock woolly adelgid survey day will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 26. Volunteers should meet at the Log Cabin Environmental Learning Center. The program will be held rain, snow or shine. Refreshments will be provided.

Attendees should dress appropriately for the weather.

Volunteers will meet with park staff to survey threatened areas for HWA. Dale Luthringer will start the day with an educational program to teach volunteers how to spot and report this threat. Groups will then disperse to search focused areas.

Park staff have been doing all they can to keep ahead of the HWA threat and this is a great chance for all of us to help them out in their fight to conserve Cook Forest State Park. HWA is one of the greatest environmental threats to hit Cook Forest since the park was created.

A spring work day will be start at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Volunteers should meet at the Four-Mile Canoe launch.

The program will be held rain or shine. A picnic lunch will be provided. The Friends of Cook Forest has been awarded a $4,000 grant by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for service work on the Four-Mile Canoe launch on the Clarion River. Volunteers will join with park staff to help rehabilitate the parking and launch sites.

Work will include light-duty clearing of limbs, brush, and other debris to help prepare the site for resurfacing and construction of a small footpath.

More information about the Friends of Cook Forest can be found on the group’s Facebook page at