AOAA Authority

Public Meetings

Some of the Authority Board Members

3rd Monday of each month
AOAA Trailhead
4100 State Route 125
Coal Township, PA 17866

The Northumberland County Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) Authority was formed in January of 2013 to address the issue of illegal riders on the 6,500 acres of county-owner forest and coal lands by providing a safe, regulated riding area – a better experience for everyone.

The authority consists of Barry Yorwarth, an outdoor enthusiast and federal prison employee; Patrick Mack, county planning and industrial development director; Michael Schwartz, a local bank official and chairman of the Zerbe Township Board of Supervisors; Backes, director of operations for GDK Development Inc., and David L. Crowl, a longtime contractor and state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) volunteer.

AOAA Authority Leadership

  • Jim Backes, Chairman
  • Patrick Mack, Vice Chairman
  • Michael Schwartz, Treasurer
  • David Crowl, Secretary

AOAA Authority Committees

  • Conservation and trail development committee (David Crowl, Chair)
  • Operations, facility management and personnel committee (Barry Yorwarth, Chair)
  • Marketing, events, grants and fundraising committee (Patrick Mack, Chair)
  • Safety, security rules and regulations committee (Michael Schwartz, Chair)

If you have experience in any of these committee areas or would like to get involved with AOAA, please contact the trail head at (570) 648-2626.

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