SHAMOKIN - Members of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) Authority will discuss plans for construction of a building and other matters involving the main trailhead at their meeting tonight.

James Backes, authority chairman, said the 6:30 p.m. session at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center will include discussion of a timber contract for the removal of trees at the trailhead to make room for a parking area and building that will serve as the authority's headquarters, welcoming center and maintenance facility.

Backes said the building will be located off Route 125 south of the village of Burnside.

The trailhead project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

Backes said a conservation project coordinated by the authority will be discussed tonight as well as part of the authority's monthly meeting.

The authority, which had its first meeting Jan. 29, was formed to oversee the operation and maintenance of the AOAA, which is being developed on 6,500 acres on county-owned forest and coal lands in Coal, East Cameron, Mount Carmel, West Cameron and Zerbe townships. Approximately 100 people attended the first meeting.

The authority conducted a work session Feb. 5.

In addition to Backes, other authority members are vice chairman Patrick Mack, treasurer Michael Schwartz, secretary David Crowl and Barry Yorwarth. Attorney Frank Garrigan serves as authority solicitor.

Backes is director of operations for GDK Development Inc., Mack is county planning and industrial development director, Schwartz is a local bank official and chairman of the Zerbe Township Board of Supervisors, Crowl is a longtime contractor and state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources volunteer and Yorwarth is an outdoor enthusiast and federal prison employee.