SHAMOKIN — City council on Monday approved a route for a Taking it to the Streets ride on Oct. 26 that will include a route to James Pizza in the Fifth Ward.

Authorized ATVs on Oct. 26 will again travel on a dirt path east of the Raspberry Hill Complex to Terrace Avenue, off Lincoln Street, as a means to drive tourism dollars, city and Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) officials have said.

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I've seen first hand at what ATVs can do to our local woodlands. I frequently walk in the woods in Mt. Carmel Township. I'm not sure who owns the land but It may be owned by the railroad. We walked there since our children were little and the land and the wildlife have changed. The paths we take have become more like 2 ruts from the vehicles and you don't even see wildlife. What animal wants to live where your home is constantly getting ran over. We have precious little in out area but we do have some beautiful woodlands. But when there gone there gone. I wish the ATVs would just stay off road on the fancy place that was built for them. There not doing anything for local economy that is in any way sustainable.

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