Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller
For more than four decades Donald “Corky” Hull has advocated for trails in McKean and surrounding counties, fostering a positive attitude among a wide variety of partners and successfully forging bonds with private landowners, forestry companies and oil and gas companies to help make various trail projects – motorized and non-motorized – a reality.
Since founding Seneca Highlands Snowmobile Association in 1972, Corky has helped chart and develop well over a hundred miles of winter trails, negotiated trail agreements, and taken the lead in building and maintaining bridges and passages over a vast network of trails.
He has participated in regional greenways planning and helped guide the work of the Potato Creek Trail Association. Corky’s interpersonal skills, vision and unsinkable determination, coupled with his “old-school” approach to problem-solving, are a source of inspiration to others.
Corky is among a small group of business owners, citizens and organizations from across the Pennsylvania Wilds region who have earned awards for their contributions in sustainable tourism development. They were honored at an awards dinner and regional tourism briefing on May 2.