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ANF adapts to new normal

Federal officials on the Allegheny National Forest have gone virtual.

A Wednesday statement from the Allegheny National Forest announced that the Forest Service’s physical offices – which would include the headquarters at the Farm Colony in North Warren – “and implementing virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.”

“As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority,” Jamie Davidson, ANF Forest Supervisor, said.?“We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.”?

The statement indicates that anyone needing information, permits and maps is “encouraged to call 728-6100 or email at r9–allegheny–NF@usda.gov during regular business hours for prompt customer service.

“These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice to limit gatherings of large numbers of people and to promote social distancing.”

Visitors are encouraged to contact their local forest or ranger district or visit www.fs.usda.gov/allegheny for the latest office hours and availability and to follow CDC guidelines.

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