A pilot project at Ohiopyle State Park has members of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps sifting through dirt, looking for items of cultural significance in advance of a campsite expansion.
The cultural resource crew has been working for the past week in a wooded area near Kentuck Campground, said crew leader and archaeologist Kate Peresolak. So far, they’ve found a piece of cobalt blue glass, which could have come from a bottle or other type of vessel.
Their work site was the location Monday for a chilly visit from Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission officials.
“It’s exciting to see it in action,” said Cindy Adams Dunn, DCNR secretary. “We see it as a big advancement in our stewardship of cultural resources.”
The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps, through a contract with The Student Conservation Association, worked on projects at state parks throughout the year. The cultural resource crew was assigned two locations — Ohiopyle and Moraine state parks.
The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is in its sixth year working around the state, providing job skills to young people with a focus on stewardship of parks and forests.