Allegheny forest issues emergency closure order

From staff reports

The Allegheny National Forest has issued a closure order to prohibit all fires, overnight camping, and mandating a group-size limitation of 10 people or less per group across the entire forest.

The actions are being taken in alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure the health and safety of the forest’s employees, visitors and volunteers.

A closure order prohibits the activities under Title 36 of the Federal Code of Regulations.

“I did not make this decision lightly,” said Jamie Davidson, Allegheny National Forest supervisor. “As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are proactive in aligning with Gov. Wolf’s executive stay-at-home order and will continue to fulfill our mission to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.”

Included in this closure order, the Allegheny National Forest has temporarily shut down all developed recreation sites, restrooms and facilities.

Other recreation opportunities on Allegheny National Forest, such as fishing, kayaking and canoeing on the Allegheny Reservoir, Allegheny and Clarion rivers, hiking, and backpacking remain available to the public.