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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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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

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

VISITOR CENTER HOST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT KINZUA DAM

VISITOR CENTER HOST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT KINZUA DAM

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS For Immediate Release

Kinzua Dam, 1205 Kinzua Road, Warren, PA 16365

POC: Steve Lauser

April 19, 2019

(814)726-0661

VISITOR CENTER HOST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT KINZUA DAM

If you’re concerned about our public lands and natural resources, would like to share your skills and talents with others, and like to meet and work with people, you may be interested in work opportunities under the Corps of Engineers Volunteer Program at Kinzua Dam.  All interested persons, especially retired seniors and college / high school students, are invited to apply. This opportunity is available for all ages, but parental or legal guardian consent is required for volunteers under age 18.

Several part-time volunteers will be needed to fill Visitor Center Host positions starting June 3, 2019.  These positions involve staffing the Kinzua Dam Visitor Center daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm. However, work schedules are flexible, with many part-time options available.

If you’re interested, please contact the Kinzua Dam Office at (814)726-0661, for additional information and Volunteer Application Forms.

Allegheny Reservoir Cleanup

Allegheny Reservoir Cleanup

Allegheny Reservoir Cleanup

 

The 15th Annual Allegheny Reservoir Clean-up will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

As in previous years, we will meet at the Onoville Marina at 8 a.m. where everyone will sign-in and be given supplies (trash bags and gloves) prior to being taken to a designated spot on the reservoir.

If you’re interested in participating in one of Warren’s “extreme cleaning events” visit http://www.alleghenyrivercleanup.com to learn more and to sign-up!

Volunteers should bring:

  • Rain Gear-the cleanup will be completed rain or shine.
  • Layered Clothing-Individuals come prepared for a range of weather conditions, which can change rapidly in mid-May in northwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Food & Water-Individuals are responsible for bringing their own lunch and snacks.

We look forward to another great time this year!

2019 Fishing Season

2019 Fishing Season

2019 Fishing Season

 

Warren, Pa. (April 3, 2019) — Statewide trout fishing season opens April 13, this includes the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).

Here are some friendly reminders to ensure every visitor enjoys the Forest, recreates by the rules, and has an enjoyable fishing season.

Fishing Information

The USDA Forest Service would like to remind anglers that all rules, regulations, stocking schedules and fishing guidelines can be found on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissions website atwww.fishandboat.com.

Camping and Fishing

Anglers, campers and visitors are reminded that, with exception to fee based campground campsites, reserving dispersed or primitive campsites along the rivers and/or waterways is strictly prohibited.

Visitors and campers must occupy their campsite the evening of establishing it and every 24-hours thereafter, unless a special use permit has been granted.

Anglers, campers and visitors are reminded that camping along the Clarion River and Millstone Roads is limited to designated sites only.

All visitors are responsible for removing all of the trash they brought with them and/or created while recreating on the Forest.

The Forest Service will be monitoring for such activities. Those found in violation of these rules can be subject to criminal charges.

Cold Water Lifejackets Rule

All persons are required by law to wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from November 1 through April 30 while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.

The Allegheny (Kinzua) Reservoir (In accordance with Forest Supervisor Order 17-009)

Camping is prohibited on the shores and within 1500 feet inland from the tee line around the Allegheny Reservoir.

Camping is prohibited within 1500 feet on either side of the center line of the Allegheny Scenic Drive (includes Longhouse Scenic Drive and portions of State Routes 59, 346, and 321) and the main access roads into Jakes Rocks and Rimrock Recreation Area.

It is prohibited to go into or be upon the shoreline and area near the River-Corydon Cemetery, Elk Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania for the protection of objects and area of historical interest.

If you have any questions about recreation activities and locations on the Allegheny National Forest please call our District Ranger Offices at (Bradford) (814) 362-4613 and (Marienville) (814) 927-6628.

Information provided by The US Forest Service – Allegheny National Forest News Release

Let’s Stay in Touch!

Warren County Visitors Bureau                dave@wcvb.net
22045 Route 6
Warren, PA 16365
814-726-1222
800-624-7802

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