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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Public Input Welcome On Susquehannock State Forest

Public Input Welcome On Susquehannock State Forest

December 23rd, 2013
susqforestA management plan is being developed for the Susquehannock State Forest, located mostly in Potter County. It could result in significant changes in timber-harvesting, weed and pest control, public usage policies, deer population management and other strategies. A public participation process is continuing. Written comment is being accepted now at DCNR, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 8767, 400 Market St., Harrisburg PA 17105-8767.

Forest managers are charged with balancing the needs of the recreation community, timber industry, and the natural gas industry while maintaining the integrity of the forest ecosystem. Susquehannock State Forest consists of 265,000 acres, mostly in southern Potter County, spilling over into Clinton and McKean counties. Its name was derived from the Susquehannock Indian tribe that once inhabited the region. The forest grows some of the most productive stands of black cherry trees in the world. It was cut over from the late 1800s through the 1920s. Following this cutting and forest fires, a new forest emerged, consisting of more hardwoods and fewer hemlocks and white pines.

In 1901, the first tract of what was to become the Susquehannock State Forest was purchased. Theodore Cobb sold the state 21,585 acres south of Coudersport near the towns of Austin, Odin, and Borie. By 1949, all the major purchases of the forest land had been made.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I got an idea leave it alone ! Deer management,timber management,weed and pest control REALLY? It's a forest let mother nature manage it !

Anonymous said...

Don't need not stinkin' forest management. How stupid can people be?

Anonymous said...

Lets go back to the thought that you cannot "own" the forest.