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Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is an always fatal disease to deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the Rothrock State Forest.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors in the DMA.

Jacks Mountain Road at Lucy Furnace Opening for Hunter Access Delayed

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s South-Central Regional office is currently contracting with GH Anderson Excavating to improve the road from the gate to the top of Jacks Mountain at a soon to be created parking area on the boundary of Rothrock State Forest’s Lucy Furnace tract and PGC State Game Lands #112.

This work is expected to be completed by the end of October. Jacks Mountain Road at Lucy Furnace will then be opened to the public as part of the Hunter Access program beginning Friday, November 3, until the end of flintlock muzzleloader season so long as the road is safe for travel and not suffering environmental degradation.

Don’t Move Firewood

To help protect the forest from invasive insects that can kill trees and devastate the ecosystem, please do not transport firewood over long distances. Firewood can harbor insects such as emerald ash borer. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it.