Category: Allegheny National Forest

Decision to Reissue Recreational Special Use Permits

Decision to Reissue Recreational Special Use Permits

The Allegheny National Forest has approved requests to reissue
special use authorizations replacing 27 existing or expired authorizations for recreational uses
including fishing, hunting, biking, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, and various other
recreation events. The uses approved for reauthorization are located in Elk, Forest, McKean, and
Warren counties, Pennsylvania.

– This information has been provided by Allegheny National Forest News Release.

For more information, visit fs.usda.gov

Reconstruction of Parking Areas for Dispersed Camping

Reconstruction of Parking Areas for Dispersed Camping

“The Marienville Ranger District of the Allegheny National Forest announces the commencement of reconstruction of parking areas for dispersed camping on Forest Road (FR) 145 and FR 127 as part of the Warbler Stewardship project. Work will begin on June 21, 2018, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2018.

Trucks will be hauling stone and placing it in the dispersed campsite parking areas along Salmon Creek (FR 145 and FR 127). Construction equipment will be brought in to spread and compact the stone. The roads will remain open to traffic during reconstruction.

Campers and anglers may find their favorite camping and parking areas are blocked or restricted in size. Please be flexible in your choice of where to camp and park – this may be the time to explore sites along SR 666, FR 132, or the Clarion River. Please do not park on the vegetation or in such a manner that you restrict the flow of traffic on FR 127 or FR 145.

For more information please contact Marienville District Ranger Rob Fallon at 814.927.5799.”

-information provided by the Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny National Forest Offices Closed For Training

Allegheny National Forest Offices Closed For Training

In order to allow all employees to participate in mandatory
training, the Allegheny National Forest offices will be closed on the following dates:
Supervisor’s Office – closed Tuesday, June 12, 2018                                                                                                        Bradford Ranger Station – closed Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Marienville Ranger Station – closed Thursday, June 14, 2018.
Please contact one of the other offices should you need assistance on the day of a closure –
Supervisor’s Office – 814.728.6100; Bradford Ranger Station – 814.363.6000; Marienville
Ranger Station – 814.927.5700.

This information has been provided by the Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny National Forest Reduction in Services at Boat-To Campgrounds; Temporary Closure of Loleta Recreation Area Swim Beach

Allegheny National Forest Reduction in Services at Boat-To Campgrounds; Temporary Closure of Loleta Recreation Area Swim Beach

The recent Allegheny National Forest news release has informed us that, “The Allegheny National Forest’s boat-to campgrounds: Hooks Brook, Handsome Lake, Hopewell, Pine Grove and Morrison, will no longer provide potable water services to campers. Failed water pumps, increasingly unreliable well water conditions and continuing reductions in congressionally allocated recreational funding have not provided the Allegheny National Forest resources to pursue repairs or alternative solutions for continued potable water services at these campgrounds. The Allegheny National Forest encourages any boaters or hikers using these specific campgrounds to either pack in potable water or utilize portable water filtration devices to screen local waters for drinking.”. We would also like to inform you that Loleto Recreation Area swim beach will be temporarily closed until after June 15th.

This information has been provided by the Allegheny National Forest News Release. For more information, click here.

Allegheny National Forest Districts to Accept Local Youth Conservation Corps Applications

Allegheny National Forest Districts to Accept Local Youth Conservation Corps Applications

Warren, Pa. (April 13, 2018) – The Allegheny National Forest is now accepting applications for the 2018 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program on the Bradford and Marienville Districts. This unique youth employment program provides an opportunity for young men and women to work and learn new skills while participating in projects that enhance the development and conservation of our nation’s natural resources.

The 2018 YCC program will tentatively begin June 11 and last for eight weeks. Applicants must be 15 to 18 years of age; enrollees must be 15 by June 11, 2018, and cannot turn 19 during the program. A total of 10 youth will be hired for two five-member crews, one for each District Office. The crews will work Monday through Friday.

Crew members will perform natural resource-based projects throughout the Allegheny National Forest. Enrollees will find the work difficult at times, but also extremely rewarding as they learn teamwork, techniques of proper hand tool use, and what it takes to be successful in the workforce.  It is also a great opportunity for the crews to learn how the Forest Service manages public lands. The enrollees will also participate in educational field trips.

Applications are available at any of the three Forest Service Offices and on the web at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/allegheny/home/?cid=FSEPRD576498.  Warren, Forest, Elk and McKean County High School Guidance Counselors should also have applications available for students. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 19, 2018. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Lori Elmquist at 814-728-6286.

Select Allegheny National Forest ATV Trails to Open February 9th

Select Allegheny National Forest ATV Trails to Open February 9th

Warren, Pa. (February 9, 2018) – The Timberline and Rocky Gap ATV/OHM trails on the Allegheny National Forest will open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018. Additionally, Allegheny Snowmobile Connector Trail #12 (McCray’s Pond) will be opened for snowmobile use only. All other motorized trails (Willow Creek and Marienville ATV/OHM trails and the Penoke Off-Highway Motorcycle trail) remain closed until Friday, May 25, 2018.

Riding the ATV/OHM trails requires a permit, which can be purchased at any of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) offices or any authorized vendor. The list of vendors can be found on the Allegheny’s website. The 2018 ATV/OHM and trail bike permits cost $10 for a day permit or $35 for an annual permit. Applications can be obtained at any ANF office or by going online: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/allegheny/home  and clicking on the Passes and Permits link.

The ATV/OHM trails will remain open until temperatures and/or trail conditions no longer support winter use. This includes sustained warming temperatures, evidence of damage to the trail surface, and/or unsafe icing conditions. Similarly, Allegheny Snowmobile Connector Trail #12 (McCray’s Pond) will remain open until trail conditions do not permit safe use of that segment. The ANF will evaluate the ATV/OHM and Allegheny Snowmobile Trail #12 trail conditions weekly and will send out a media release and post information on the web when access changes-please check access conditions prior to use.

Users should employ caution when on any of the trails, as many are open for multiple uses, and you may encounter vehicles, groomers, snowshoers, and skiers at any time.

For more information about recreational activities on the ANF:

Park officials suspend camping at Elk County recreation area for 2018

Park officials suspend camping at Elk County recreation area for 2018

WILCOX – Months after the sewage system at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Elk County was shut off due to lack of funding, officials with Allegheny National Forest have announced that camping will not be available at the facility this year.

“This is not a decision to close Twin Lakes, but for 2018, the ANF does not have the funding or means to address deficiencies with the wastewater treatment system that led to the early closure of the site in September 2017, or the lingering issues with other facilities that support camping at Twin Lakes,” said Marienville District Ranger Rob Fallon.

Fallon did say that day use of the facilities will still be available.

Officials said appropriated funding has dropped over the past decade, with an additional drop of 12 percent since 2015.

The lack of funding has meant park officials don’t have the means necessary to address maintenance for facilities, and has also caused a reduction of staff. Officials said that despite the decision to close camping actives for 2018, it does not mean they will close it permanently.

Park officials will be having two open houses for the community to gather their input for the site.

The first meeting is being held Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and the second is Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. Both meetings will take place at the Jones Township Municipal Building at 320 Faries Street.

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Tracy Ridge Shared Use Trails Project Draft Decision Withdrawn

Tracy Ridge Shared Use Trails Project Draft Decision Withdrawn

Tracy Ridge Shared Use Trails Project Draft Decision Withdrawn

Warren, Pa. (January 26, 2018) – Allegheny National Forest Supervisor Sherry Tune announced today her decision to withdraw the July 27, 2017, draft Decision Notice for the Tracy Ridge Shared Use Trails and Forest Plan Amendment Project.  The Tracy Ridge Shared Use Trails Project proposed to convert a 12.5-mile section of the 34-mile trail system from hiking only to shared-use (open to bicycles and hikers).

In withdrawing the decision, Tune said “I understand the interest in re-vitalizing the Tracy Ridge Trail System and I greatly appreciate the offer from local mountain bike groups to assist the Forest with the maintenance of this system.  At this time, I feel the best course of action for the Forest is to place a pause on the project while we gather additional input and ideas from local user groups.”  In addition, Tune said that other priorities on the Forest have come to the forefront and have stretched Forest resources, “We are being asked to focus our efforts on timber volume and the number of acres treated as national priorities.” The Forest also faces threats in the form of insects and disease, with Supervisor Tune noting the importance of focusing staff time on these emerging forest health issues. Tune added that she plans to continue engaging local user groups on the maintenance needs and opportunities for shared use of the trail system, as well as how we move forward with the project in the future.

The Tracy Ridge area of the Allegheny National Forest is located approximately 15 miles west of Bradford, PA.  The area includes 34 miles of trail (including approximately 10 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail) and a campground.

2018 Eagle Cam

2018 Eagle Cam

The eagle cam is back in Hanover, PA! Enjoy online 24/7 access to watch the eagles nest! The nest being monitored will be the same nest as last year, laying 75 feet high in the air. The Eagle Cam is provided through a partnership among the Game Commission, HDOnTap, Comcast Business and Codorus State Park. To view the livestream, click here

ANF Proposes Salvage of Downed Trees

ANF Proposes Salvage of Downed Trees

The Marienville Ranger District of the Allegheny National Forest is proposing to salvage wind thrown and damaged trees on approximately 184 acres of National Forest System lands in the Warrants 3766, 3773, 3782, and 3788, Highland Township, Elk County. The trees were thrown or damaged by a windstorm on May 1, 2017.

For more information, click here

This information has been provided by Allegheny National Forest News Release.

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