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February 5, 2013

Maryland teen blazes clearer trails for fishers

Visitors to the Robert V. Riddell State Park may find quicker access to Schenevus Creek in the town of Milford for fishing, thanks to some trail improvements by a Maryland teenager.

Johnathan David Ashe, 18, also installed registry boxes at entrances to the park as part of his Eagle Scout project. The registry boxes will help park officials keep track of the number of visitors and any comments they share about the park, Ashe said Sunday.

Ashe, a member of Boy Scout Troop 31 in Milford, is among about 4 percent of Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, Scoutmaster Harold Ashe, his father, said in a media release. To earn the designation, a candidate must earn 21 merit badges and complete a community, church or synagogue-related service project.

Johnathan Ashe will be recognized for his Eagle Scout achievement in ceremonies at the Otsego Area Occupational Center in Milford at 2 p.m. March 17.

Riddell State Park, with a gated entrance and marked trails in the town of Milford, has more than 1,000 acres of fields and forested woodlands in the Susquehanna River Valley. The park, which straddles Interstate 88 in Otsego County and extends into Delaware County, offers opportunities to hike, fish, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, bird-watch and other activities, according to the state parks website.

Ashe said registry boxes were installed at two entrances on either side of I-88 and another was installed at the Pine Lake entrance in Delaware County.

The project involved seeking donations for supplies, including wood for registry boxes and posts, he said. Ashe said his grandfather and a couple of Troop 31 Scouts helped him in the improvements, which took an estimated 100 hours. A tree-identification trail also was established, he said.

Ashe, a senior at Milford Central School, is active in the Natural Resources Occupations Program at the Occupational Center. Ashe said he plans to enter the workforce after graduating from high school.

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