Bald Eagle State Forest
Bald Eagle State Forest, named for the famous Native American, Chief Bald Eagle, includes 193,424 acres in:
It spans across the high, sharp ridges of central Pennsylvania and features miles pristine mountain streams and numerous tracts of old growth forest.
Bald Eagle forest district lies in the beautiful ridge and valley section of the state. From the limestone-rich Susquehanna Valley in the southeast to the Allegheny Mountains in the northwest, the forest district is dominated by a series of sandstone ridges some of which reach heights of 2,300 feet above sea level.
The confluence of the west and north branches of the Susquehanna River occurs on the eastern boundary of the district, opposite the town of Northumberland.
The many streams within the area have their origin in the forested ridges and flow in several directions eventually emptying into the Susquehanna River.
Public watersheds comprise over one-third of the Bald Eagle State Forest, making the wise management of this land essential.
Bald Eagle Forest Management
DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry manages our state forests for their long-term health and productivity while conserving native wild plants. These forests are “working forests” and provide a whole suite of uses and values to Pennsylvania citizens, all while maintaining the forest’s wild character.
Our state forests are managed for:
The management of our state forests is guided by the State Forest Resource Management Plan.
Public Input Meeting for Bald Eagle State Forest Resource Management Plan
DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry is in the process of revising the Bald Eagle State Forest Resource Management Plan (SFRMP). A district-level state forest management plan is written for each of the bureau’s 20 forest districts across the state.
Bald Eagle State Forest staff hosted a public meeting (PDF) about its draft management plan on December 12, 2018. Citizens may view the draft of the Bald Eagle SFRMP (PDF) and provide input through an online survey.
2018 Management Activities
View Bald Eagle State Forest’s 2018 management activities (PDF) for upcoming projects and events to implement the State Forest Resource Management Plan.
Local state forest harvest schedules promote and maintain desired forest landscape conditions while providing a sustainable flow of forest products.
The Bureau of Forestry has adopted “ecosystem management” as its principal strategy for managing state forests. This approach seeks to conserve the natural patterns and processes of the forest while advancing long-term sustainability.
Ecosystem management promotes the conservation of plant and animal communities and the landscapes and habitats that support them. It also accounts for needs and values of people and communities.
This results in a holistic, integrated approach to managing forest resources.
A Working Forest
As you travel throughout the state forest, you’ll see examples of our forests “at work.” Some of these management practices are more noticeable than others, such as:
Others are more subtle, such as the:
Protection of a vernal pool
Buffering of a stream from timber harvesting
Setting aside of a special area to conserve its wild character or protect a rare plant community
Each of these management practices and activities play a vital role in the management and conservation of our state forest system.
Certified “Well Managed”
Pennsylvania’s 2.2-million-acre state forest system is one the largest certified forests in North America. The forest is certified (FSC-C017154) under the Forest Stewardship Council™ standards. The FSC® is an independent organization supporting environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.
Forest Stewardship Demonstration Area
A forest stewardship demonstration area, located on Stony Run Road, one-half mile north of Route 45 near Laurelton in Union County, contains a self-guided trail that highlights the results of various timber harvesting practices.
Contact Bald Eagle State Forest
Bald Eagle District Office
18865 Old Turnpike Road
Millmont, PA 17845