The Allegheny National Forest (ANF), Pennsylvania’s only National Forest, is approximately 517,000 acres and includes land in Elk, Forest, McKean and Warren counties in the northwestern corner of the State. About 463,000 acres are forested, 42,000 acres are non-forest, and 11,000 acres are covered by water (primarily the Allegheny Reservoir). The ANF is administratively divided into two Ranger Districts: Bradford and Marienville.
The Forest Service brought new concepts in forest management to the Allegheny Plateau -- multiple benefits and sustainability. The Organic Act of 1897 introduced the National Forest mission: to improve the forest, provide favorable conditions for water flows, and furnish a continuous supply of wood to meet people's needs. On these lands, seedlings for tomorrow's forest are the focus of forest management activities. Watersheds are managed to ensure clear water for fisheries like trout and clean drinking water for all.
Ginseng populations on the Allegheny National Forest are sparse. As such, collection for both personal and commercial use is prohibited. Ginseng is listed as an Allegheny National Forest Regional Forester Sensitive Species, which is defined as: those species identified by a Regional Forester for which population viability is a concern as evidenced by a significant current or predicted downward trend in numbers and density. Visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/eastern/index.php for a complete listing of plants on the Regional Forester Sensitive Species list.
In the year 2003 a man called Robert traveled to Austin Pennsylvania to search for his lost family and perchance, the departed John’s orchard…and it was found. Of the whole of John’s planting Robert found one twisted and gnarled survivor of the work of his ancestor’s hands. His heart grew large as he placed his hands where Grandfather had placed his. This lone tree was witness to his heritage, a bond with a man whose blood flowed with his own.