Month: June 2019

Allegheny NF re-opens Boat Access Campgrounds

Allegheny NF re-opens Boat Access Campgrounds

Allegheny NF re-opens Boat Access Campgrounds

U.S. FOREST SERVICE – ALLEGHENY NATIONAL FOREST·FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019

NEWS RELEASE Release No.: FY191944
For Immediate Release
Allegheny National Forest
4 Farm Colony Drive
Warren, PA 16365
Christopher Warner, Public Affairs Officer
O: (814) 728-6115; C: (814) 406-8589
Email: christopher.warner@usda.gov
www.fs.usda.gov/allegheny Facebook: @AlleghenyNF Twitter: @Allegheny_NFAllegheny NF re-opens Boat Access CampgroundsWarren, Pa. (June 28, 2019) — The USDA Forest Service – Allegheny National Forest has completed the routine maintenance and hazard abatement on three of the five previously temporarily closed boat accessible campgrounds on the Allegheny Reservoir. These temporary closures were necessary for the public’s safety. The Forest Service has been working diligently to update maintenance and address hazards within these campgrounds in order to re-open them as quickly and safely as possible. The three campgrounds that are now opened, effective Friday, June 28, 2019, are: · Hooks Brook· Morrison · Pine GroveThe campgrounds that remain temporarily closed are (see attached):· Handsome Lake· HopewellWe ask that the public refrain from utilizing the Handsome Lake and Hopewell campgrounds until such work is complete. The Forest Service is committed to ensuring that our campgrounds are safe and enjoyable for the public. If you see hazards while camping and hiking please notify the ANF – Supervisors Office at (814) 723-5150.#
“USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.”

Allegheny National Forest seeking Resource Advisory Council members

Allegheny National Forest seeking Resource Advisory Council members

Allegheny National Forest seeking Resource Advisory Council members

Warren, Pa. (June 7, 2019) — USDA Forest Service – Allegheny National Forest officials are conducting public outreach to fill committee member seats for the Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) that covers Elk, Forest, McKean, and Warren Counties.

RACs were established as a provision of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. The legislation sets aside funding for projects that improve watershed function and promote community economic development. Typically, the Allegheny RAC meets once a year to review and make recommendations on project proposals submitted for this funding. 

By law the four year term, 15 member committee is composed of a wide representation of National Forest interests organized into three categories. Each RAC has 15 members with balanced and broad representation of interests in three categories, including:

Category 1:  Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups; developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities; energy and mineral development interests; commercial or recreational fishing interests; commercial timber industry; holders of Federal grazing or other land use permits, and representatives of nonindustrial private forest land owners, within the area for which the committee is organized.

Category 2:  Nationally recognized environmental organizations; regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations; dispersed recreational activities; archaeological and historical interests; nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, and watershed associations.

Category 3:  Holder of State or local elected office, representatives of American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized, school officials or teacher, and the affected public at large.

Members must reside within Pennsylvania and, to the extent practicable, provide local representation in each category.


For further information regarding RAC membership, please contact the Designated Federal Official, District Ranger Richard Hatfield at (814) 363-6098. 

To apply to be a RAC committee member, applicants must complete Federal Form AD-755 “Advisory Committee or Research and Promotion Background Information.” 

The form is available on the Allegheny National Forest website at:  www.fs.usda.gov/detail/allegheny/workingtogether/advisorycommittees/?cid=fseprd497392

To apply for the Allegheny RAC, please address your correspondence to:

Designated Federal Official Richard Hatfield

29 Forest Service Drive

Bradford, PA 16701 

Applications must be received on or before August 15, 2019.

For additional information about the Secure Rural Schools legislation, including Titles I, II and III, please visit the SRS website at www.fs.fed.us/srs

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“USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.”

Temporary Closure of Boat Access Campgrounds

Temporary Closure of Boat Access Campgrounds


Temporary Closure of Boat Access Campgrounds

Warren, Pa. (June 10, 2019) — The USDA Forest Service – Allegheny National Forest is temporarily closing five boat accessible campgrounds on the Allegheny Reservoir for routine maintenance and hazard abatement.

These temporary closures are necessary for the public’s safety. The Forest Service is working diligently to update maintenance and address hazards within these campgrounds in order to re-open them as quickly and safely as possible.

The Forest Service’s goal is to re-open the campsites as soon as possible as each is addressed, with most planned on being re-opened by July 4th.Paragraph

The campgrounds that will be temporary closed are (see attached map):

  • Handsome Lake
  • Hooks Brook
  • Hopewell
  • Morrison
  • Pine Grove

The Forest Service is committed to ensuring our campgrounds are safe and enjoyable for the public and ask that the public refrain from utilizing the campgrounds and peripheral trail systems until such work is complete.

Information provided by Allegheny National Forest News Release

Release No.: FY191934

HUNTING LICENSES TO GO ON SALE JUNE 17

HUNTING LICENSES TO GO ON SALE JUNE 17

Hunting & Trapping Digest again will be given free to all license buyers.

Why wait any longer?

Licenses for the 2019-20 hunting and furtaking seasons go on sale Monday, June 17.

And when hunters and furtakers buy their 2019-20 licenses, each again will receive a complimentary copy of the Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.

General hunting licenses and furtaker licenses each continue to cost $20.90 for Pennsylvania residents and $101.90 for nonresidents.

Resident senior hunters and furtakers, ages 65 and older, can purchase one-year licenses for $13.90, or lifetime licenses for $51.90. For $101.90, resident seniors can purchase lifetime combination licenses that afford them hunting and furtaking privileges.

Like other hunters and trappers, seniors still need to purchase bear licenses to pursue bruins and obtain permits to harvest bobcats, fishers or river otters. Hunters who acquired their senior lifetime licenses after May 13, 2017 are required to obtain an annual pheasant permit to hunt or harvest pheasants.

A complete list of licensing requirements can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov.

One important change of which hunters should be aware involves application for elk licenses, which are awarded by lottery. Two new elk seasons – a September archery season and a January season for antlerless elk – have been added in 2019-20. And the general season in November also will be held.

Hunters can apply for a chance to take part in any of the three seasons, or all of them, but a separate application is needed for each. There is an $11.90 application fee for each season, meaning it costs $35.70 to apply for all three. In each drawing, season-specific bonus points are awarded to those who aren’t drawn.

In total, 142 elk licenses, 32 for antlered elk, have been allocated for 2019-20. Fifteen licenses – five for antlered elk – are available for the archery season, 98 licenses (27 antlered, 71 antlerless) are available for the general season and 29 antlerless licenses are available for the January season.

The deadline to apply for an elk license is July 31.

Many hunters who regularly buy their licenses as soon as sales begin are motivated by securing a Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) permit, which are available in limited numbers. And this year, with the opening day of the firearms deer season to begin on Saturday, more hunters are likely to be afield. That means there could be an increased demand for DMAP permits, which enable holders to harvest antlerless deer in any established deer season, including the antlered-only portion of the firearms season.

It’s all the more reason to get a license when they go on sale.

Buying early also helps ensure hunters won’t miss their opportunity to apply for an antlerless deer license, which in most of the state cannot be used during the first six days of the firearms deer season.

A resident Pennsylvanian who buys his or her 2019-20 hunting license is eligible to apply for an antlerless deer license July 8. Nonresidents can apply July 15. And a second round in which a hunter can receive a second antlerless deer license begins Aug. 5 for wildlife management units where licenses remain. And if licenses still remain, a final round begins Aug. 19.

Of course, all of this information is outlined in the print edition of the Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which once again in 2019-20 will be provided free to all hunters.

For the past two years, the digest was provided for free online and hunters were able to download a digital copy to print on their own, but the print edition cost $6. While many hunters have grown accustomed to getting this information online, the Game Commission recognizes the value of placing directly into the hands of every license buyer vital information on changes in seasons and bag limits, regulations, even Pennsylvania’s fight against Chronic Wasting Disease.

Hunting licenses can be purchased online at www.pgc.pa.gov. Just click on “Buy a License.” A map to locate a license issuing agent near you can be found at the same page.

The 2019-20 license year begins July 1.

Information provided by Pennsylvania Game Commission News Release

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