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institute_riverrdcleanupAnnual River Road Clean-Up

In our efforts to go green, on April 26, 2014 the Shawnee Institute geared up for the annual River Road Clean-Up held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. 

Interested in signing up for the next River Road Clean-Up in the fall? Everyone is welcomed to volunteer for the River Road Cleanup. All volunteers receive safety vests, gloves, garbage & recycling bags, a continental breakfast and appreciation lunch at The Gem and Keystone Brewpub the day of the event. The first 50 volunteers registered receive a complimentary event t-shirt. Please contact Ms. Tamara Pettite 570-424-4050 x1405 or email her at The first 50 sign-ups will receive a complimentary Road Clean-Up tshirt.  Keep Pennsylvania and all of America clean!


Shawnee Greenway Study

Shawnee Institute recently completed the Greenway Study funded by a DCNR grant. The Shawnee-on-Delaware Greenway is a potential 2.2-mile trail linkage from the 32-mile McDade Trail, currently under construction in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA), to the Pennsylvania Welcome Center, located at I-80, Exit 310, Smithfield Township. The linkage would provide for hiking, cross-country skiing, and bicycling. The end product of the current study is a plan which indicates: 1) the recommended trail alignment, 2) the terms of the relationship between the various stakeholders, 3) how to conform with the DWGNRA specifications for the McDade Trail, 4) the feasibility and location of the necessary bridges and crossings, 5) compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and 6) protection of the wildlife and environment in the proposed trail area. Assisting in the project are representatives from the public, the township involved, the DWGNRA and the landowners affected (i.e. National Park Service, etc).

Table of Contents
Executive Summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Inventory & Analysis
  3. Potential Greenway Use & Impact
  4. Trail Alignments and Connections – Options
  5. Continue – Cost Estimate
  6. Legal Feasibility
  7. Trail Implementation Strategy



Linkages Alternatives
Regional Trail Linkages
Regional Trail Linkages DWG (Radial Trails)
Regional Trail Linkages DWG (Local Routes)
Easement Map 1 of 3
Easement Map 2 of 3
Easement Map 3 of 3
Property Inventory


Hard copies of the report are also available to be signed-out with a 3-day return policy (limited copies available). Please contact us to make the necessary arrangements.