Pinchot State Forest
Pinchot State Forest is named in recognition of Gifford Pinchot’s monumental contributions to forestry and his legacy of forest land conservation. Pinchot turned a childhood interest in nature into a distinguished career protecting forests and a founding role in America’s emerging conservation movement.
The district’s 44,743 acres of state forest lands blanket more than a few of the mountains near the confluence of the Susquehanna and Lackawanna rivers. Pinchot Forest District includes:
- Lackawanna County
- Luzerne County
- Wyoming County
- Susquehanna County
- Wayne County
Pinchot 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.
Public meeting for Pinchot State Forest Resource Management Plan
DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry is in the process of revising the Pinchot state Forest Resource Management Plan (SFRMP). A district-level state forest management plan is written for each of the bureau’s 20 forest district across the state.
The staff of Pinchot State Forest will host a State Forest Resource Management Plan public meeting (PDF) on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, from 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M., at the Pinchot Resource Management Center, 1841 Abington Rd., North Abington Township, PA 18414. The meeting is open-house format; attendees may drop in at any time during the proceedings.
Citizens may view the latest draft of the Pinchot SFRMP (PDF), and
provide input about the state forest management through an online
2018 Management Activities
View Pinchot 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:
- 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 Pinchot State Forest
Pinchot Forest District Office
1841 Abington Rd.
North Abington Twp, PA 18414