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Advisories for Gallitzin State Forest

Babcock Creek Road Closure

Babcock Creek Road (Ogle Township, Somerset County) will be closed to through-traffic starting Monday, September 24, 2018, until further notice. We apologize for this inconvenience.

JP Saylor Trail Swinging Bridge Closure

The swinging bridge on the JP Saylor Trail is closed indefinitely due to structural deficiencies. Please do not attempt to use the bridge. We apologize for this inconvenience.

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 Gallitzin 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.

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.