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History

Fire a primary concern for ANF in its infancy

About a million acres have burned in the Canadian wildfire that has impacted our air quality here in recent weeks. Fires of that size pale in comparison to anything we see in the eastern United States, like a fire in Glade Township in 2021 that burned 259 acres. But don’t tell that to ...

First and second generations of timber on forest bring drastic changes

When the forefathers of the Allegheny National Forest were planning for the future, they were looking primarily at what the forest COULD be. Decades of excessive timber harvesting gave them, in some sense, a blank slate to work with. So what did those early planners think they were going to ...

Recreation valued, if ancillary, benefit to creation of ANF

The main driver behind the creation of the Allegheny National Forest was to protect the headwaters of the Allegheny River. The economic benefits - timber - were a secondary consideration. Recreation might have not been at the top of the list but the ANF’s first superintendent, Loren ...

First ANF supervisor makes the economic case for the forest

Timber built this region and oil made it rich. But by the turn of the 20th century, available timber had been nearly tapped out - the ANF was jokingly referred to as the “Allegheny Brush Patch” in those early days. While that kind of over-harvesting may not have ultimately been in the ...

First ANF supervisor outlines how the forest came to be

It’s one thing for a President of the United States to declare a National Forest created. He’s not the one surveying the ground, negotiating with property owners and ensuring that the entire project has the support of the communities where the land is being acquired. That responsibility ...