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Allegheny National Forest offices closed October 17

Allegheny National Forest offices closed October 17


Warren, Pa.
 (October 15, 2019) — The Allegheny National Forest will close its Warren, Bradford, and Marienville offices, Thursday, October 17, 2019, for a Forest-wide event.

All offices will re-open Friday, October 18 for normal business hours and operations.

NEWS RELEASERelease No.: FY201903
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

Allegheny National Forest 2019 Hunting Road List

Allegheny National Forest 2019 Hunting Road List


Allegheny National Forest 2019 Hunting Road List

Warren, Pa. (September 24, 2019) — The USDA Forest Service – Allegheny National Forest (ANF) will open designated Forest roads for hunter access between September 25, 2019 and February 15, 2020. Traditionally gated roads are opened each fall to allow preseason scouting and hunting during regular seasons.

The list has been posted on the ANF website: www.fs.usda.gov/allegheny under the Quick Links section on the top right side of the page. Hunters may pick up a copy at any of the ANF’s offices.

Please note that only the main roads and listed spur roads are open. Side roads are closed to vehicle traffic. Roads may be closed at any time due to weather, unsafe conditions, or to protect resources. 

The ANF’s Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) contains current road policy. MVUM maps are available at any of the offices or on the web under the Maps and Permits section on the lower right side of the page: www.fs.usda.gov/allegheny.

Non-motorized use, including hiking, biking, and horseback riding, is always permitted on closed roads. Off-highway vehicle (ATVs, motorcycles) use is not permitted off the designated ATV/OHM trail system at any time.

Hunter access road statuses can change at any time, if you have questions please contact the Ranger District offices at:

·         Bradford Ranger District; (814) 363-6000

·         Marienville Ranger District; (814) 927-5700  

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

Allegheny National Forest 2019/2020 Hunter Road List

Open September 25, 2019 to February 15, 2020

Hunter Roads opened on the Bradford Ranger District for the 2019 – 2020 Hunting Season

Forest Road #CountyCounty Road Name
Forest Road 117Warren CountyRock Run Road (Open to 2nd gate)
Forest Road 140Warren CountyCoal Flat Road
Forest Road 153McKean CountyTracy Road (both gates)
Forest Road 158McKean CountyRailroad Bullis Road
Forest Road 163Warren CountyCherry Knob Road
Forest Road 174McKean CountyPrue Hollow Road
Forest Road 177McKean CountyBriggs Run Road
Forest Road 204Warren CountyRobs Knob Road
Forest Road 241Warren CountyLittle Arnot Road
Forest Road 247McKean CountyTinkertown Run Road
Forest Road 252Warren CountyWest Off FR 154
Forest Road 253Warren CountyPebble Run Road
Forest Road 254Warren County           Bull Hill Road
Forest Road 268McKean CountyBump Run Road
Forest Road 272McKean CountyWillow Creek Br Road
Forest Road 273McKean CountyFuller Brook Road (open to 2nd gate)
Forest Road 293Warren CountyNorth Branch Road
Forest Road 309McKean CountyKennedy Springs Road
Forest Road 312McKean CountyMiam Run Road
Forest Road 314McKean CountyWell Road
Forest Road 317McKean CountyPennzoil Road (open to 2nd gate)
Forest Road 362Warren County           Grunder Ridge Road
Forest Road 410AWarren County           Messenger Run Road
Forest Road 438Warren CountyClarendon Run Road
Forest Road 441Warren County          NW of FR 154, east of Chapman State park Road
Forest Road 451McKean CountySwitch Hollow Road
Forest Road 454 (TBD opening date)McKean CountyRimrock Road
Forest Road 472Arnot CountyArnot Road
Forest Road 478McKean CountyNorth Westline Road
Forest Road 479McKean CountyNorth Thundershower Road
Forest Road 500McKean CountyDutchman Road (open to 2nd gate)
Forest Road 500AMcKean CountyDutchman Road
Forest Road 534Warren County           Muddy Branch Road
Forest Road 535Warren CountyCherry Grove Center Road
Forest Road 552Warren CountyEast Hickory Road
Forest Road 558Forest CountySchwab Ridge Road (open to sign)
Forest Road 648McKean CountyDunham Run Road (open to 2nd gate)
Forest Road 110AMcKean CountyGibbs Hill Road
Forest Road 120BMcKean CountyCounty Line Road
Forest Road 142BMcKean CountyRoot Run Road
Forest Road 142CMcKean CountyRoot Run Road
Forest Road 173CMcKean CountyMarshwillow Road C
Forest Road 173FMcKean CountyMarshwillow Road F
Forest Road 176BMcKean CountyBucklick Road B
Forest Road 187AMcKean CountyFour Corner Road A
Forest Road 205McKean CountyCobb Hollow Road
Forest Road 245Warren CountyGrunder Run Road
Forest Road 249Forest CountyYellow Hammer Road
Forest Road 255AWarren County           Fools Creek Road A
Forest Road 260McKean CountyLaurel Ridge Road
Forest Road 266McKean CountyMorrison Run Road
Forest Road 263Warren County           Dew Drop Trail Road
Forest Road 456BMcKean CountyKinMeade Road B
Forest Road 456CMcKean CountyKinMeade Road C
Forest Road 474Warren County           Lacy Run Road
Forest Road 528Warren County           Cherry Grove Road
Forest Road 550Forest CountySunkin Bridge Road
Forest Road 678McKean CountyMarshburg Flats Road off FR 182&451 north of Marshburg Road west of ANF Boundary

Hunter Roads opened on the Marienville Ranger District for the 2019 – 2020 Hunting Season

Forest Road #CountyCounty Road Name
Forest Road 118Elk CountyNansen Road
Forest Road 125A (locked back gate)Elk CountyCorduroy Road
Forest Road 126CMcKean CountyKealor Road C
Forest Roads 128F &128FAForest CountySeldom Seen Area Road
Forest Road 130B (opens Nov 1st)                                     Forest CountyLamonaville Road B
Forest Road 134Elk CountyPigeon Road
Forest Road 145AForest CountySalmon Creek Road
Forest Road 161(locked back gate)Elk CountyDavidson Run Road
Forest Road 165 (opens Nov 1st)Forest CountyFrancis Road
Forest Roads 166,166B,166CForest CountyLaurel Run Road
Forest Road 180Forest CountyThe Branch Road
Forest Road 184Elk CountyMcClellan Run Road
Forest Roads 185E & 185FElk CountyLittle Mill Creek Road
Forest Road 196Elk CountyMartin Ridge Road
Forest Road 198Elk CountyCrane-Martin Road
Forest Road 208 (locked back gate)Forest CountyPrather Run Road
Forest Road 214Forest CountyWildcat Run Road
Forest Roads 218A & 218AAForest CountyHastings Road
Forest Road 219Forest CountyRocky Run Road
Forest Road 220Forest CountyIPSCO Road
Forest Roads 221 & 221BForest CountySlater Run Road
Forest Road 222Forest CountyRock Hanger Road
Forest Road 223Forest CountyBald Hill Road
Forest Road 232 (opened Nov 16 to Dec 16)Elk CountyHighland Road
Forest Road 228A (opens Nov 1st)Elk CountyZimmerman Tower Road
Forest Road 228B (locked back gate)Elk CountyZimmerman Tower Road
Forest Road 230 (locked back gate)Elk CountyHunter Run Road
Forest Roads 235 & 235AElk CountyMaple Run Road
Forest Road 239Elk CountyCherry Hill Run Road
Forest Roads 295 & 295AMcKean CountySouth Branch Road
Forest Road 326Elk CountyWolf Run Road
Forest Roads 340, 340A, 340B, 340C, 340DElk CountySilver Creek Road
Forest Road 394Elk CountyWatson Branch Road
Forest Road 395 (locked back gate)Forest CountyPipeline Road
Forest Roads 396, 396A (locked back gate)Forest CountyHorse Trail Road
Forest Road 397 (opens Nov 1st)Forest CountySalt Spring Road
Forest Roads 399 & 399AForest CountyThree Mile Road
Forest Road 404 (opens Nov 1st)Forest CountyKemp Run Road
Forest Road 423McKean CountyThomas Run Road
Forest Roads 432 & 432AMcKean CountyTrail West Road
Forest Road 442 (locked back gate)Elk CountyBig Run Road
Forest Road 443AElk/Forest CountyCrane Run Road
Forest Road 462Mckean CountyWest Branch Road
Forest Road 463 (opened Nov 16 to Dec 16)McKean CountyGreendale Road
Forest Road 475McKean CountyBreezy Heights Road
Forest Road 480 (locked back gate)McKean CountyWildcat Road
Forest Road 488Forest CountyReck Branch Road
Forest Roads 525 & 525AForest CountyPhelps Run Road
Forest Road 526Forest CountyCoal Bed Run Road
Forest Road 529McKean CountyNorth Bloody Run Road
Forest Road 559Forest CountyW. Bird Dog Road
Forest Road 580 (closes by Dec 16)Elk CountySpring Creek Road
Forest Road 581Elk CountyPropagation Road
Forest Road 584Elk CountyElk Forest Road
Forest Road 591Elk CountyLog Run Road
Forest Road 683Forest CountyBald Hill Road
Forest Road 757Elk CountyTurkey Flock Road
Forest Roads 774 & 774AForest CountyPearsall Run Road
Forest Road 779 (opens Nov 1st)Elk CountySteck Run Road

NEWS RELEASERelease No.: FY191967
For Immediate Release
Allegheny National Forest
4 Farm Colony Drive
Warren, PA 16365
Christopher Warner, Public Affairs Officer

Special message from Route 6 Executive Director, Terri Dennison

Special message from Route 6 Executive Director, Terri Dennison

Dear Stakeholders, Partners and Friends of the PA Route 6 Alliance,

It was with great sadness that I tendered my resignation to the Alliance Board last week. My last day in the office will be Friday, October 11, 2019.

It has been my pleasure to work with the Board of Directors, the staff and all the stakeholders of the PA Route 6 Alliance since its inception. Over the years, we have created many successful programs that served both the residents, businesses and communities while establishing US Route 6 in Pennsylvania as a premier driving destination. With the completion of the Management Action Plan and Sustainability Plan, the Alliance has the strategies and tools to continue its worthy efforts.

I will be moving to Elizabethtown, North Carolina to become the Director of Communication and Marketing for the town. My work will benefit greatly from my experiences here in Northern PA.

Again, I truly value all the relationships and friendships of those involved with the PA Route 6 Alliance and the PA Route 6 Tourist Association over the past 23 years. I wish the Alliance the best in your future.

Terri 

40th Annual Wild Wind Folk Art and Craft Festival

40th Annual Wild Wind Folk Art and Craft Festival

40th Annual Wild Wind Folk Art and Craft Festival

September 7&8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Warren County Fairgrounds – 371 Barton Run Rd. Pittsfield, PA

We invite you to experience the largest arts and crafts festival in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Over 150 craftsmen, inspired folk art, traditional American crafts, fine art, delicious foods, live music, children’s activities, demonstrations, birds of prey and more!

Two day pass: $7 Adults, $5 Seniors (65 & older), Children 12 and under Free

Rain or Shine!

For more information please call 814-688-1516 or visit www.wildwindfestival.com

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.

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

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

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