Summer program clears 9 miles of trail

CIRCLEVILLE – The first week of The Mountain Institute’s service learning summer program, Mountain Trail Monitors, finished as a huge success, officials said. More than nine miles of trail were cleared in the Seneca Creek Backcountry in the Monongahela National Forest.

Eleven students participated in the program, including nine from Morgantown.

One student commented: “I could’ve gone to another camp but I wanted to do something that really challenged me. I wanted to go home and be proud of what I accomplished over the summer.”

Funding for the program comes from a grant through the U.S. Forest Service and the Secure Rural Schools Act, which invests money in the communities that use and care for federal lands.

Students worked on trail maintenance during the day and spent evenings on survival skills, sustainable camping practices, and other wilderness skills. At the end of the week, students went caving in the Sinks of Gandy. All food, equipment and instruction were provided without cost to students.

Space is still available in the summer program during the weeks of June 29 and July 6. For more information, contact Melinda Brooks at 304-567-2632 or Program details are also available online at

The Mountain Institute is a non-profit education and conservation organization founded in West Virginia in 1972.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Melinda Brooks at 304-567-2632 or send and email to