Forest Service seeks community feedback

From staff reports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service is conducting a recreation site analysis (RSA) of the developed recreation sites in the Allegheny National Forest.

Sixty-three sites including campgrounds, picnic areas, trailheads, boat launches, beaches, and interpretive sites are under review by staff. The review will determine the sites’ value in contributing to public recreation demand and preferences, environmental integrity, and the economic vitality of the forest and its communities.

The goal of the RSA is to build a five-year program of work that will help shift the forest’s recreation program to a more sustainable path given today’s recreation trends and available funds.

“Citizen engagement is an essential part of informing the Recreation Site Analysis and we welcome everyone’s input,” said forest supervisor Jamie Davidson. “We want to understand which sites and amenities are important to our visitors and to our regional economy.”

Comments can be submitted through the Allegheny National Forest Recreation Site Analysis Public Commenting Tool,, or by scanning the QR code posted on bulletin boards at our developed recreation sites and throughout the local area.

Comments may also be submitted in writing to ANF Public Affairs Officer, 4 Farm Colony Drive, Warren, Pa., 16365, or by calling (814) 728-6281.

Comments are most helpful when received by Sept. 10.