Category: Allegheny National Forest

Forest Service reopens Opportunity to Submit Natural Resource Project Proposals for Title II Funds

Forest Service reopens Opportunity to Submit Natural Resource Project Proposals for Title II Funds

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                           Release No.: FY201907
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_NF

Forest Service reopens Opportunity to Submit Natural Resource Project Proposals for Title II Funds

Warren, Pa. (November 26, 2019) — The USDA Forest Service – Allegheny National Forest has reopened the opportunity to submit proposals seeking funds for local natural resource projects through the Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). Project proposals will be accepted through December 15, 2019.

Funding is provided for counties through Title II funds of the Secure Rural Schools Act, which was re-authorized by Congress in 2018.

Approximately $230,000 of Title II funds are available for new projects in the four county Allegheny National Forest area – Elk, Forest, McKean, and Warren Counties. Proposals will be accepted from all four counties; however, proposals in Forest County will be given priority consideration.

Projects that benefit fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds, and other resources; that maintain roads, trails, and other existing infrastructure; obliterate unneeded roads; or control noxious weeds, will be considered. 

To qualify for Title II funding, RAC projects must be located on National Forest System Lands in Forest County or on other nearby lands if the project will benefit the resources on the National Forest.

The Forest Service is accepting applications on behalf of the RAC.

Please call (814) 363-6098, or email RAC Designated Federal Official, Rich Hatfield at richard.hatfield@usda.gov with questions or to have project proposal forms sent to you.

Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. Project proposals not approved previously may be resubmitted.

The RAC will review projects for possible funding during a meeting in winter 2020. The public is welcome to attend the RAC meetings.

Additional information about the Secure Rural Schools Act Title II funds and Resource Advisory Committees may be found on the following website:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects/racs

Allegheny NF re-opens Handsome Lake Campground

Allegheny NF re-opens Handsome Lake Campground

NEWS RELEASE Release No.: FY191952
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 Handsome Lake CampgroundWarren, Pa. (August 21, 2019) — The USDA Forest Service – Allegheny National Forest has completed the routine maintenance and hazard abatement on the Handsome Lake Campground, a boat accessible campground on the Allegheny Reservoir.The temporary closure was necessary for the public’s safety. The Forest Service has been working diligently to update maintenance and address hazards within the campground in order to re-open it as quickly and safely as possible.The Handsome Lake Campground is open effective August 21, 2019.The Forest Service is committed to ensuring that our campgrounds are safe and enjoyable for the public. We would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding while we completed the work at all the boat-accessible campgrounds.If you see hazards while camping and hiking on the Allegheny National Forest please notify the ANF – Supervisors Office at (814) 723-5150.

Bradford Ranger District Accepting Comments on Project Proposals

Bradford Ranger District Accepting Comments on Project Proposals

“The USDA Forest Service – Allegheny National Forest is currently reviewing five project proposals and are accepting public comment on them.

An initial screening of these projects did not identify any significant individual or cumulative environmental impact; therefore, project impacts will likely be documented through a categorical exclusion.

Project Details:

1.    Bradford Ranger District Building Decommissioning: There are four sites that have buildings identified for demolition/decommissioning:  Hall Estate, McLaughlin Estate, Birdsall Edey and Kiasutha Recreation Area. The Hall Estate is located on SR 62, approximately three miles south of Tidioute. The site consists of vacant buildings, including a residence, garage, and other outbuildings. The McLaughlin Estate is located on SR 666 south of the Henry’s Mills Bridge. The site includes a vacant residence and an outbuilding. The former Birdsall Edey Girl Scout Camp includes abandoned pit toilets and a water building that will be decommissioned. Also included in this batch are two restrooms located in the Kiasutha Day Use Area – the restrooms have been closed for a number of years. 

2.    Morrison Trail Improvements: This project would build two new trail links on the Morrison Trail.  Link “A” is a 1.8 mile loop on the existing Rimrock Trail portion of the system. Link “B” is a 1.6 mile trail connecting Kinzua Beach to the Morrison Trail System.

3.    North Country Trail Shelter at Chappel Bay: The Allegheny Chapter of the North Country National Scenic Trail Association has proposed an Adirondack-style shelter approximately 1 mile north/west of the Chappel Bay Trailhead on State Route 321. 

4.    State Road 666 Dispersed Camping Management: This project will limit vehicle access to dispersed campsites along SR 666 near Henry’s Mill. The sites will remain open – vehicle access will be limited.  

5.    Temporary Road for Oil and Gas Well Plugging: Aiello Brothers Oil and Gas, Inc. has requested a special use permit for a temporary road to access some of their oil wells. The temporary road will utilize an existing corridor off of Forest Road 310. The road will be approximately 520 feet long with an average width of 16 feet. No merchantable timber will be cut for the temporary road’s construction. 

For projects one through four, comments are most helpful if received by June 30, 2019. 

For project five, comments are most helpful if received by May 24, 2019.

For more information on the projects or to submit a comment, please contact Bradford District Ranger Richard Hatfield at Richard.Hatfield@usda.gov or (814) 363-6098.”

Information provided by Allegheny National Forest

Loleta Camp Ground Public Water System

Loleta Camp Ground Public Water System


The public water system for the Loleta Recreation Area (campground and day use area) in the Allegheny National Forest is currently non-operational due to issues with the distribution lines. These issues were recently discovered during the annual seasonal start-up for the system.

The USDA Forest Service is in the process of contracting the work to resolve the issues with the water system. Once the water system has been repaired and service is reopened to the campground and day use area a public notice will be sent out.

The camp ground will remain open for camping and day use activities; however, the swimming area and pond are currently closed to the public until they can be dredged and reopened. We are working to resolve this issue, as well.

We will keep the public informed as these issues are resolved.”

Information provided by Allegheny National Forest

USFS Accepting Natural Resource Project Proposals for Title II Funds

USFS Accepting Natural Resource Project Proposals for Title II Funds

The USDA Forest Service is accepting proposals that are seeking funds for local natural resource projects through the Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee (RAC).

“The public is encouraged to propose projects designed to improve Forest Service-managed lands and the rural economies of local counties,” stated Designated Federal Official Rich Hatfield. 

Funding is provided for counties through Title II funds of the Secure Rural Schools Act, which was re-authorized by Congress in 2018. Approximately $200,000 of Title II funds are available for new projects in Forest County. 

For this round of projects, only proposals in Forest County will be accepted. 

To be considered for funding, completed project applications must be received by July 12, 2019.  The RAC will work closely with the Forest Service to review and recommend project proposals.

Hatfield said, “We look forward to working with the RAC to identify and implement projects that will provide long term benefits to the local communities as well as to public resources.”

Projects that benefit fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; that maintain roads, trails, and other existing infrastructure; obliterate unneeded roads; or control noxious weeds, will be considered. To qualify for Title II funding, RAC projects must be located on National Forest System Lands in Forest County or on other nearby lands if the project will benefit the resources on the National Forest.

The Forest Service is accepting applications on behalf of the RAC. Please call (814) 363-6098, or email RAC Designated Federal Official, Rich Hatfield at Richard.Hatfield@usda.gov with questions or to have project proposal forms sent to you.

Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. Project proposals not approved previously may be resubmitted.

The RAC will review projects for possible funding during a meeting in the fall of 2019. The public is welcome to attend the RAC meetings.

Additional information about the Secure Rural Schools Act Title II funds and Resource Advisory Committees may be found on the following website:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects/racs

Proposals will only be accepted through July 12, 2019.”

Information Provided by Allegheny National Forest News Release

Marienville Ranger Office Closed Monday May 20th

Marienville Ranger Office Closed Monday May 20th

Marienville, Pa. (May 13, 2019) — The Allegheny National Forest’s Marienville Ranger District office will be closed Monday, May 20, 2019.

The office will reopen Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 8 am for regular business.

Anyone needing trail passes and permits can purchase them at the Supervisors Office in Warren, the Bradford Ranger District office, and/or any ANF vendor.

 

-Provided by the USDA

Working Group Meeting Scheduled

Working Group Meeting Scheduled

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has scheduled a public, working group meeting for Monday, March 25 at the Game Commission’s headquarters in Harrisburg.

The meeting is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Working group meetings allow for an exchange between the Board of Game Commissioners and Game Commission staff ahead of regular quarterly meetings. While working group meetings are open to the public, public comments are not accepted.

The working group meeting is scheduled to be streamed live on the Game Commission’s YouTube channel.

The Game Commission’s headquarters is at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81.

The Board of Game Commissioners’ next quarterly meeting is scheduled to be held on Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9 in Harrisburg. The board will hear public comments, limited to five minutes per speaker, at April 8 meeting.

Pennsylvania Game Commission News Release

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

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