Do not bring firewood from home to the Allegheny National Forest. Do not unwittingly spread the emerald ash borer, sirex wood wasp, hemlock woolly adelgid or other firewood borne invasive species. Possession of firewood from outside the area of the Allegheny National Forest is prohibited. Firewood is available at or near camping facilities. For more information about emerald ash borer call toll free 1-866-253-7189- or you may go on-line at http://na.fs.fed.us/fhp/eab/ or http://www.emeraldashborer.info.
Forest Road 247 on the Bradford Ranger District has been closed because of unsafe road conditions. The road was originally opened for hunting season. If you have any questions, please contact the Bradford Ranger District at 814.362.4613.
ALLEGHENY RESERVOIR CLEANUP POSTPONED
Rescheduled for June 11th
Due to the high water level in the Allegheny Reservoir, the Reservoir Cleanup Event scheduled for Saturday, May 14th has been postponed.
Organized groups, such as Boy and Girl Scout troops, are encouraged to participate.
Volunteers will meet at the Roper Hollow Boat Launch by 8:30 a.m. on June 11th and can plan to be finished by 4:00 p.m. Participants should dress for the weather (rain or shine, long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots), bring a lunch, drinking water and gloves. All participants must sign a US Forest Service volunteer agreement and participants under 18 years of age require parental consent and adult supervision.
Pre-registration is required. Interested groups and individuals should contact Nathan Welker by phone at (814) 728-6163 or by email at email@example.com.
The Allegheny National Forest has announced the closure of the Beaver Meadows Campground for the 2011 camping season. Beaver Meadows Day Use Area (boat ramp, restrooms and trails) will remain open.
Since 2006, the Beaver Meadows Campground and Day Use Area has been operated for the Forest Service by a concessionaire, Allegheny Site Management (ASM). The concessionaire permit expired in December 2010. With very low occupancy rates for this campground, ASM struggled to stay above their operating costs. By mutual agreement, the Forest Service and ASM decided not to renew the concessionaire permit for Beaver Meadows in 2011. Rather than operate the campground at a loss in 2011 season, Marienville District Ranger Rob Fallon elected to close the campground for the season and use the opportunity to evaluate the future of the site.
FirstEnergy and the US Forest Service announced today that the company’s Kinzua Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric facility will undergo scheduled maintenance this spring to repave the plant’s upper reservoir. The upper reservoir is a half-mile in diameter and holds approximately two billion gallons of water.
Work will be conducted six days a week, Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Due to heavy truck traffic related to the project, Forest Road 160 will be closed to public use between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily until the completion of the project.