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Buchanan State Forest Advisories

Construction Activities on Sideling Hill ATV Trail

The Sideling Hill ATV Trail will undergo construction from trail marker 14 to marker 21 along Horton and Old Fisher roads.

Construction is expected to start in June and conclude by August of 2021.

The trail will remain open, but please use extra caution in these areas while construction signs are posted.

Fuelwood Harvesting Regulation Change

Fuelwood harvesting changes have been implemented in Buchanan State Forest to mitigate potential seasonal habitat impacts. From May 15 to August 31, fuelwood cutters may only harvest dead trees that are already down.

From September 1 to May 14, harvesting standing dead as well as dead and fallen trees is permitted.

Please see the Buchanan State Forest Fuelwood Pamphlet (PDF) for more information on requesting a permit.

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is an always fatal disease to deer and elk, has been detected throughout Buchanan State Forest.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area. 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 Disease Management Area.

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.