Allegheny National Forest Updates Forest Orders to Ensure Public Health, Safety

| May 23, 2017

allegheny reservoirWARREN, Pa. (EYT) – Allegheny National Forest Supervisor Sherry Tune recently re-issued and updated a number of forest orders.

“These orders are designed to ensure public health and safety or to ensure that management practices are consistent with the Forest Plan,” said Tune. “National Forests regularly review and update orders to ensure they’re still needed or to make sure they’re consistent with rules and regulations.”

Some of the updated orders address:

  • Prohibiting overnight mooring along the Kinzua Reservoir shoreline
  • Limiting camping along Forest Road 145 (Salmon Creek)
  • Limiting horse use in the Spring Creek and Buzzard Swamp Recreation Areas
  • Implementing size restrictions on OHV trails. This includes maintaining the maximum machine width to 50 inches on the Penoke, Rocky Gap and Willow Creek OHV Trails and changing the machine width to 64 inches on the Timberline and Marienville OHV Trails.
  • Requiring mandatory labeling of tree stands, hunting blinds and trail cameras placed on ANF lands.

In addition, a forest supervisor may also issue temporary or emergency special orders to close or restrict the use of certain areas on National Forest Systems lands. These orders frequently occur with little to no notice.

The orders are posted on the Allegheny National Forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/allegheny/alerts-notices. In addition, copies may be found at any Allegheny National Forest office.

Allegheny National Forest to resume Hemlock Woolly Adelgid treatments

The Allegheny National Forest will resume treatments to suppress hemlock woolly adelgid starting on June 1.

Last year, contractors treated approximately 830 trees. This year, contractors will begin at Heart’s Content Scenic Area, where they will treat 360 hemlock trees.

“The eastern hemlock is an important ecological component of the Allegheny National Forest’s riparian ecosystems,” said Forest Supervisor Sherry Tune. “This project is designed to limit hemlock mortality and to promote survival of ecologically and culturally important areas of hemlock across the Forest.”

The Allegheny National Forest will also continue to monitor for hemlock woolly adelgid along streams and rivers and in old growth and recreation areas, including the Hickory Creek Wilderness Area; Tionesta Research Natural Area; and near the North Country Scenic Trail. Signs will be posted to let the public know that treatments have taken place.

The hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive, nonnative insect that attacks and kills eastern hemlock trees.

“Although it is very difficult to predict future hemlock woolly adelgid spread and infestation rates, studies suggest that 50 percent of the forest may have established hemlock woolly adelgid populations in the next 20 years,” said Andrea Hille, acting Marienville District Ranger. “Without treatment, infested hemlock trees will slowly die from the effects of this destructive forest pest.”

The project is part of a broader collaborative landscape-level partnership between the Allegheny National Forest and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) that was established in 2012 to develop a strategy for landscape level conservation across all ownerships in the High Allegheny Unglaciated Plateau.

The project record can be found on the Allegheny National Forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45834.

For more information, please contact Andrea Hille at ahille@fs.fed.us.

Allegheny National Forest Collaborating on Workshop

The Allegheny National Forest is joining several other natural resources organizations to host a two-day workshop for forest landowners – Working in Your Woods, A Bird’s Eye View.

The workshop will be held on June 9-10 at the Mukaiyama University Room at the University of Pitt-Bradford, Bradford, Pa.

The free workshop will include presentations about the history of Pennsylvania’s forests; long-term forest management strategies; landowner assistance programs; and using prescribe fire and other forest management practices to create healthy forests and benefit wildlife.

On the second day of the workshop, participants will see examples of the practices and habitats that were discussed on the first day of the workshop.

Workshop organizers are: Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture; U.S. Forest Service; American Bird Conservancy; the Ruffed Grouse Society; Audubon of Pennsylvania; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania DCNR; and Pennsylvania Game Commission.

For more information or to register, go to: https://workinginyourwoods.eventbrite.com.


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