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ANF taking trail stabilization comments

MARIENVILLE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service is accepting public comments on a proposal to stabilize the stream bank along Gilfoyle Run by felling or uprooting six trees (spruce and red pine) to create a large wood structure to stabilize the bank and the Penoke ATV Trail.

The proposed project is located in Allegheny National Forest seven miles east of Marienville in Warrant 2021, Howe Township, Forest County, Pennsylvania.

“Gilfoyle Run is currently eroding the stream bank adjacent to the Penoke ATV Trail and has caused erosion of the trail surface just east of where the trail crosses Duhring Road. This past year, the Forest Service shifted the trail approximately 10 feet at this location to allow for recreational passage. However, the stream bank is expected to continue to erode the trail if left untreated,” said District Ranger Rob Fallon.

For more information, a scoping document is available for download on the project website. Printed copies are available upon request. Comments may be submitted at any time but would be most helpful if received by Oct. 20. Comments can be submitted by:

¯ Mail: Robert T. Fallon, District Ranger, Marienville Ranger District, 131 Smokey Lane, Marienville, PA 16239

¯ Fax to 814-927-2285

¯ Email: online at www.fs.usda.gov/project/allegheny/?project=64851.Click on Comment/Object on Project, located under the Get Connected sidebar. If uploading attachments, please use file formats compatible with Microsoft Office or Adobe Acrobat.

¯ Phone: Verbal comments may be submitted at the Marienville Ranger District Office by calling 814-927-5700 during Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 4 p.m., excluding most federal holidays.

For more information, call Fallon at 814-927-5799 or email robert.fallon@usda.gov.

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