Spring Creek Horse Trail Update

The following sections of the Spring Creek Horse Trail are temporarily closed:

Trail #3 of the Spring Creek Horse Trail, located near Kelly Pines in Forest County, will be closed to horse use beginning immediately until the spring of 2015. The trail is closed due to recent construction and soft tread surface.  Trail #3 is approximately 2 miles in length.

Due to hunting season, recreational riding will not be permitted on the section of Spring Creek Horse Trial #21, which is on State Game Lands No. 28, Monday through Saturday from September 27, 2014, through January 17, 2015. During this time period, riders lawfully participating in hunting, trapping, or fishing on State Game Lands No. 28 are permitted on the trail.

Riders are still permitted on the segment of trail #21 located on the National Forest and are advised to wear fluorescent clothing during hunting season.

Connector on Timberline Trail Temporarily Closed

The connector between the A loop and the D loop on the Timberline ATV Trail is temporarily closed due to culvert replacement.  The connector will be closed until further notice.

For updates on the Timberline Trail call the Marienville Ranger Station at 814-927-6628.

Allegheny National Forest Roads Open for Hunting Season

The Allegheny National Forest (NF) will be open Forest Servivce roads for hunter access from September 27, 2014 through January 15, 2015. Note: ONLY main roads are open; side roads are closed to vehicle traffic. Roads may be closed at any time due to bad weather or poor or unsafe conditions.

"Each fall we open roads that are normally gated, offering hunters greater preseasn scouting and hunting opportunities," said Acting Forest Supervisor Robert Lueckel.

Ginseng Collection Prohibited on Allegheny National Forest

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.

Do not bring firewood to ANF

Firewood from counties other than Elk, Forest, McKean and Warren is prohibited in ANF.

Oil and Gas Development Transition 09 EIS CANCELLED

On April 9, 2009, the United States Forest Service, Allegheny Defense Project, Sierra Club and Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics filed a stipulation of dismissal of their pending lawsuit, along with a settlement agreement with the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The settlement resolves all matters related to the lawsuit that was filed in November 2008 and challenged the issuance of Notices to Proceed for development of reserved and outstanding oil and gas resources within the Allegheny NF without preparation of environmental analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Recreation Facility Analysis

Recreation Facility Analysis is a process of national scope with local forest emphasis.

ANF 2007 Forest Plan Supplemental EIS CANCELLED

Allegheny National Forest to Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

The revised Allegheny National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP, Forest Plan or revised Plan) was approved on February 2, 2007.   This plan provides a 10 to 15 year strategy for management of forest resources.  It was developed in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA – 16 U.S.C. 1604, et seq.) and the 1982 planning regulations (36 CFR 219).  The Forest Plan was administratively appealed, with the result that the Chief of the Forest Service directed the Regional Forester for the Eastern Region to provide for public notice comment on the application of design criteria to reserved and outstanding oil and gas development, and changes in Section 2800 of the Forest Plan. 

ATV Trail Update

Allegheny National Forest Announces Trail Re-Opening

Effective immediately the entire length of the Timberline ATV trail is now open. Portions of the trail had been closed due to road construction. 

On-going construction and timber sale activity will still occur in the area during weekdays, but trails will be open for riding so riders should use caution. 

Riders are always advised to check the forest website or call ahead for additional information.



Advocacy in Conservation

The man said “The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to keep all the parts. “ The man was Aldo Leopold who lived in the mid-twentieth century. It was he who proposed that people were not merely users of the land but an integral part of the environment. When Aldo Leopold wrote his essays that became the classic Sand County Almanac the industrial age was in full swing and the technology age was just on the horizon.

By far the one attribute that made America a mighty nation during those early years was the blending of nations into one location, people from faraway lands who came to this country with varied dreams and varied creative talents. It was and is the diversity of people’s cultural backgrounds and creative thinking which formed the backbone of these United States. To mirror that thought in the natural world is a statement that foresters are fond of. That is . . .”Diversity is the key to stability”.


             By: Robert L. Fish US Forest Service

     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.

Forest Service Hosts 1st Ever Bat Week!! Bat Signal Sent to Get Involved!


Synonymous with a superhero signal in the sky and silhouettes hanging upside down in a darkened cave, bats inspire a long-standing fascination, and with good reason! Bats are vital to healthy ecosystems and human economies worldwide.

Knowledge is Bat Power

You likely know that bats are nocturnal, but there are a lot of other very cool things about bats . . .