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Army Corps of Engineers increasing water outflow

Army Corps of Engineers increasing water outflow

May 15, 2018- Due to a large amount of rain in the county over the weekend, the Kinzua Dam is increasing outflow over the next couple of days.  The outflow began to increase Monday morning at 9 a.m. and would continue until around 3 p.m.  The river level increased from 3,000 CFS (cubic feet per second) to 10,000 CFS.  One CFS is almost the volume of a basketball.  The water level is to continue for the next few days with the level possibly reaching 13,000 CFS.

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.

Office Closing

Office Closing

The City of Warren Building and Permit Department will be closed all day on April 4 so staff may attend a training symposium in Pittsburgh.  The office will re-open on April 5.

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.

Allegheny National Forest Summer Employment Opportunities

Allegheny National Forest Summer Employment Opportunities

The Eastern Region are seeking qualified applicants to fill multiple temporary, full-time positions for the 2018 summer season.  To apply for any of these positions, visit www.USAJobs.gov.

Opening dates are from December 1, 2017 through December 7, 2017. 

Please share with anyone you know that may be interested. 

Once in USAJobs, use the following regional  announcement number to search for more detail about the individual position.

Regional Announcement # MR # TEMPORARY POSITIONS             
18-TEMP-R9-RCTRL-5DT-RR FS5584 TEMP-GS-0462-05-Forestry Technician (Recreation/Trails)
18-TEMP-R9-RECTRL-4DT-RR FS5583 TEMP-GS-0462-04-Forestry Technician (Recreation/Trails)
18-TEMP-R9-TIMSLV-5DT-RR FS5597 TEMP-GS-0462-05-Forestry Technician (Timber/Silviculture)
18-TEMP-R9-TIMSLV-4DT-RR FS5596 TEMP-GS-0462-04-Forestry Technician (Timber/Silviculture)
18-TEMP-R9-FSHWLD-5DT-RR FS5606 TEMP-GS-0404-05-Biological Science Technician (Fish/Wildlife)
18-TEMP-R9-FSHWLD-4DT-RR FS5605 TEMP-GS-0404-04-Biological Science Technician (Fish/Wildlife)
18-TEMP-R9-PLNTS-5DT-RR FS5608 TEMP-GS-0404-05-Biological Science Technician (Plants)
18-TEMP-R9-PLNTS-4DT-RR FS5607 TEMP-GS-0404-04-Biological Science Technician (Plants)
Forest Road 131 Closure (Loleta Grade Rd)

Forest Road 131 Closure (Loleta Grade Rd)

The Allegheny National Forest’s Marienville Ranger District has temporarily closed nearly 10 miles of the Loleta Grade Road (Forest Service Road 131) due to deteriorating road conditions. The closure is located between Lamonaville Road (T-333) intersection south to the intersection with State Road 2005 at the Loleta
Recreation Area.

Information provided to WCVB by the Allegheny National Forest Service.

Longhouse Scenic Drive (FR-262) to Reopen on November 22

Longhouse Scenic Drive (FR-262) to Reopen on November 22

Warren, Pa. (November 21, 2017) – The Longhouse Scenic Drive (FR-262) on the Allegheny National Forest will reopen on November 22, 2017. The road was partially closed in early August to replace several damaged culverts and to restore habitat. “There’s still some minor work that needs to be completed, so you may see some workers in the area,” said Acting District Ranger Andrea Hille. “We really appreciate the community’s support and patience as we completed this much-needed project.”

Information provided to the Warren County Visitors Bureau by the Allegheny National Forest Service.

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