Public invited to provide input on Tiadaghton State Forest

JERSEY SHORE — The state Bureau of Forestry will host a meeting next month to allow input from the public on a draft version of the Tiadaghton State Forest Resource Management Plan. The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Wheeland Center, 1201 Locust St.

The Tiadaghton State Forest encompasses over 146,000 acres in Lycoming, Clinton, Tioga, Potter and Union counties.

The hearing offers state residents a chance to see how the state forest is being managed, according to Wendy Neumann, of the state agency.

“It’s a great opportunity for the public to see what there is and to say what they like,” she said.

The plan provides a framework for the bureau to approach its work and make management decisions as well as allow citizens in the state who are the owners of the state forest system to see how the forests are being managed, according to a news release from the state agency.

Some of the activities within the state forest that will be covered in the plan include recreation activities, timber and wildlife management, road and bridge projects and natural gas, oil and geologic resources development. The plan lists things that have been accomplished within the state forest and also future projects.

“There are so many different activities that affect the public,” Neumann said.

Each of the state forest districts is having their own meetings.

A copy of the management plan is available online. A public comment card will also be available online after the public meeting so that people can offer their input on the plan.

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