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Getting an upgrade: ANF signs replaced

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry An Allegheny National Forest crew handles a sign replacement job at the Supervisor’s Office north of Warren on Tuesday. The old plywood sign was starting to decay. Crew members Jerry Dixon, Fred Robinson, Steve Rutkowski, and Curt Bowley installed the new recycled plastic sign.

The Allegheny National Forest is making a better first impression following some Thanksgiving week work.

The 12-year-old wood sign at the supervisor’s office wasn’t holding up.

“The old Administrative Site signs were made of plywood and were beginning to delaminate and needed replaced,” Curt Bowley said. “The original signs were installed in 2008 when the new office building was built and the Forest Service moved in November of that year.”

The ANF had been headquartered in downtown Warren prior to that.

With favorable weather and enough hands available in-house to get the job done quickly, the crew of Bowley, Jerry Dixon, Fred Robson, and Steve Rutkowski, went to work on Tuesday.

The new sign looks like the old one, but it’s an upgrade.

“The new signs are made of routed plastic (HDPE) sign material which contains recycled components,” Bowley said. “The benefits of this material include lowering long-term maintenance as the sign does not need to be painted, will not rust, rot, or delaminate, and has a 20-plus-year average life. New Forest Service shields and credit line signs will also be installed in the near future.”

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