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Allegheny National Forest

posted Jun 3, 2011, 11:37 PM by James Wasson

Here is a new page on the  The Allegheny National Forest is a National Forest located in northwestern Pennsylvania. The forest covers 512,998 acres (801.6 sq mi; 2,076.0 km2) of land. Within the forest is the Kinzua Dam, which created the Allegheny Reservoir. The administrative headquarters for the Allegheny National Forest is located in Warren, Pennsylvania. The Allegheny National Forest has two ranger stations, one in Marienville, located in Forest County, and the other in Bradford, located in McKean County. Link Here Allegheny National Forest

National Trails Day

posted Jun 3, 2011, 6:46 AM by James Wasson

National Trails Day

Where will you go? What will you see? How will you be inspired? National Trails Day, Saturday June 4!

Join your neighbors and make new friends on National Trails Day at your nearest national forest or grassland Saturday, June 4.

The Forest Service manages and maintains about 152,000 miles of trails and more than 6400 trail bridges within the National Forest System of lands. The trails are designated for hiking, biking, equestrian and motorized use year round. National forests, grasslands, and recreation areas join with a wide range of recreation and conservation education partners, as well as with local organizations and communities every year to host National Trails Day events on public lands.

National Trails Day came about as s result of recommendations by a presidential commission ordered by President Reagan in 1987. The Commission recommended the Trails for All Americans initiative to encourage communities and public lands to develop looped trails for community use. From this came the first National Trails day in 1993, bringing together events and programs nationwide. To date events have  been  held in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For specific information on any of these or other events, search the NTD national events map at the link below to find events on national forests or grasslands near you!

National Get Outdoors Day

posted Jun 3, 2011, 6:43 AM by James Wasson   [ updated Jun 4, 2011, 7:05 PM ]

National Get Outdoors Day - June 11
The 4th annual National Get Outdoors Day will take place on Saturday, June 11. The event, known as 'GO Day', is an effort to attract new diverse communities to outdoor activities and to motivate kids to get moving and explore their national forests and other public lands. The agency also has collaborated with the Ad Council to develop a new national campaign of public service announcements to 'Re-connect Kids with Nature'. Nationwide, more than 80 Forest Service locations will be providing free recreational and educational activities. Many events are designed to better engage urban and multicultural youth in nature-based activities and attract first-time visitors to public lands. For a listing of all events, visit: For more information on local activities, contact your nearest Forest Service location.

US Forest Service Urges Communities to Prepare for Wildfires

posted May 27, 2011, 8:26 PM by James Wasson   [ updated Jun 1, 2011, 8:02 PM ]

US Forest Service Urges Communities to Prepare for Wildfires

WASHINGTON – May 27, 2011 – Nine out of ten wildfires are preventable. In other words, nine out of ten wildfires are caused by people from carelessness. But homeowners and others are not powerless against wildfires. In fact, homeowners who exercise common sense tactics, such as clearing brush and debris away from structures, play a vital role in slowing the spread of fire and protecting their property.

Right now, moisture and cool temperatures in the Western United States are holding off the Western wildfire season. At the same time, the Southwestern United States is experiencing extensive wildfire activity in forestland and on private property, most notably in Texas.

“One of our jobs at the Forest Service is to keep wildfires away from homes and communities and to reduce fire severity to manageable levels,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “But individual homeowners also play a key role—they have a responsibility to make their properties as safe as possible from fires.”

The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities program teaches homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others about ways to protect people and property from wildfires. Firewise suggestions include:

  • Remove trees, brush and grass from around your structures
  • Clear anything flammable from within 3 feet of the base of your structures
  • Clean the roof and gutters of pine needles and other debris
  • Remove tree limbs less than 10 feet from the ground around your structures
  • Replace a shake-shingle roof with a non-flammable alternative
  • Keep your lawn clean and green

In addition to urging homeowners to make their properties as safe as possible from fire, the Forest Service’s overall strategy is to work through cross-jurisdictional partnerships before fires start rather than relying on suppression tactics alone. The agency’s community partners have an array of tools at their disposal, including:

  • External fuel buffers, internal safety zones and community wildfire protection plans
  • Fire departments with the capacity to mitigate, educate and protect at-risk communities
  • Codes and ordinances that address wildfire threats
  • Forest management and fuels mitigation techniques
  • Cooperative fire agreements 

Wildland fire management response in the United States has evolved into an increasingly complex and multifaceted system. The nation’s Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy  cites as one of its goals that human populations and infrastructure can withstand a wildfire without loss of life and property.  To do that, the strategy calls for individuals and communities to accept their responsibility to prepare their properties for wildfire.

Nearly 694 communities in 40 states are part of the national Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program and thousands more are using Firewise principles. But there are still many communities nationwide that are at risk to wildfire. Go here to read the latest newsletter from, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters.

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.


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US Forest Service Announces 2011 Fee Waiver Dates

posted May 27, 2011, 8:17 PM by James Wasson   [ updated May 27, 2011, 8:19 PM ]

US Forest Service Announces 2011 Fee Waiver Dates 

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US Forest Service Announces 2011 Fee Waiver Dates

First fee-free day is June 11


WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 –The U.S. Forest Service will waive the day-use fees associated with many recreation sites or amenities on national forests nationwide on June 11, the first of several fee-free days this year.

“The Forest Service waives fees every year to encourage more Americans to get outdoors and experience the wide array of recreation opportunities provided on our forests and grasslands,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We hope that these experiences on our lands will foster a lifelong appreciation and stewardship of precious natural resources.”

 This year’s fee waiver dates are as follows:

  1. National Get Outdoors Day – June 11
  2. National Public Lands Day – September 25
  3. Veterans’ Day Weekend – November 11-13


Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Forest Service for these listed dates. Concessionaire-operated, day-use sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate.

Fees are not charged for 98 percent of national forest and grasslands. More than two-thirds of developed recreation sites can be used for free. The Forest Service operates approximately 18,000 recreation sites nationwide, many including day-use areas, picnic and shelter sites, beach and lake areas, boat launches, trails and trailheads, and campsites and cabins.

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