Category: Press Release

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

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

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.

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:

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.

ANF Snowmobile Trails Open

ANF Snowmobile Trails Open

The Allegheny National Forest snowmobile trails will open on December 20th at 8:00am. ATV Trails will remain closed.  The only trail which will remain closed due to flooding is Snowmobile Connector Trail #12 (Marienville Bypass). Make sure to use caution when riding these trails because only a limited number will be groomed.

ANF Winter Hours

ANF Winter Hours

Starting December 26th, 2017, the Allegheny National Forest will be switching to their winter hours. The offices will be open to the public Monday through Friday 8:00am until 4:30pm. The offices will be closed for lunch from 12:00pm-12:30pm. The following offices are open for walk ins to the public:

  • Bradford Ranger District, 29 Forest Service Drive, Bradford, PA 16701 (814)362 4613
  • Marienville Ranger District, 131 Smokey Lane, Marienville, PA 16239 (814)927-5700
  • Supervisor’s Office, 4 Farm Colony Drive, Warren, PA 16365 (814) 723-5150

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