Loyalsock State Forest
Loyalsock State Forest is named for Loyalsock Creek, a scenic freestone stream that winds through the heart of its 114,552 acres.
Loyalsock State Forest includes portions of:
- Sullivan County
- Lycoming County
- Bradford County
The forest spans the northern tier’s “Endless Mountains” region and primarily consists of northern hardwoods forest type.
Loyalsock State 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:
- Pure water
- Scenic beauty
- Plant and animal habitat
- Sustainable timber and natural gas
- Many other uses and values
The management of our state forests is guided by the State Forest Resource Management Plan.
2019 Management Activities
View Loyalsock State Forest’s 2019 management activities (PDF) for upcoming projects and events to implement the State Forest Resource Management Plan.
Public Meeting for Loyalsock State Forest Resource Management Plan
DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry is in the process of revising the Loyalsock 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.
Loyalsock State Forest staff hosted an SFRMP public meeting (PDF) on Thursday, November 1, 2018.
Citizens may view the newest version of the Loyalsock SFRMP (PDF). Citizens also are invited to express their views by participating in an online survey regarding the state forest and its management.
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:
- Active timber harvests
- Deer exclosure fences
- Natural gas drilling sites
- Prescribed fires
- Gypsy moth spraying
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.
Contact Loyalsock State Forest
Loyalsock District Office
6735 Route 220
Dushore, PA 18614
Main office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.