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Trail dedication to honor woman’s fight to preserve Goat Hill tract
Rose Chase, a West Nottingham Township resident who campaigned long and hard for preservation of the Goat Hill section of the Serpentine Barrens in southern Chester County, will be honored Saturday when the Rose Trail stretching through the tract is dedicated in her name.

Hiking enthusiasts and open space advocates will join officials of the state Bureau of Forestry, Pennsylvania Parks and Forestry Foundation, and the Nature Conservancy in a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. on the parking lot of the Goat Hill Public Wild Plant Sanctuary, Red Pump Road, off Route 1, West Nottingham Township.

“This trail bearing Rose’s name is a real testament to this woman’s determined efforts to conserve what is a real jewel in the state forest system,” said Joseph Frassetta, district forester overseeing the William Penn State Forest District, which includes the Serpentine Barrens along the Pennsylvania-Maryland border.

“One can trace the preservation efforts of Rose Chase and her neighbors back to 1979 when they formed the ‘Concerned Citizens of West Nottingham Township’ in response to a quarrying threat to the Serpentine Barrens,” Frassetta said. “In later years, their work was broadened to combat any further damage to the barrens and the wilderness surrounding it.”

Stretching about 1.5 miles through state forest and Nature Conservancy land, the Rose Trail is a cooperative effort of the Boy Scouts of America: Camp Horseshoe; Keystone Trails Association; Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation; and Friends of the State Line Serpentine Barrens.

The trail winds through sun-baked, bare serpentine rock and gravel where desert-like habitat supports rare and unusual plant species especially adapted to withstand heat and drought. Hikers encounter many rare or endangered plant species that have adapted to the harsh environment over thousands of years.

Named for the namesake of Penn's Woods, William Penn State Forest contains 901 acres in five separate tracts across the southeastern section of the state. The forest protects and conserves unique Pennsylvania ecosystems, including the Goat Hill Serpentine Barrens and Little Tinicum Island on the Delaware River.

Details on William Penn and the state’s 19 other state forest districts can be found at (select “Find a Forest”).

For more information on the trail dedication, contact the William Penn State Forest District Office at 610-582-9660.

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September 28, 2011

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