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Wild and Natural Areas

Pennsylvania’s state forest system includes dozens of special wild and natural areas set aside to protect unique or unusual biologic, geologic, scenic and historical features or to showcase outstanding examples of the state’s major forest communities. Natural areas are “managed” by nature and direct human intervention is limited. They provide places for scenic observation, protect special plant and animal communities and conserve outstanding examples of natural beauty. Wild areas are generally extensive tracts managed to protect the forest’s wild character and to provide back country recreational opportunities.

Hammersley Wild Area

This 30,253 tract is located in Potter and Clinton counties and is comprised of wooded valleys and plateaus. Traces of several logging camps and a logging railroad can be found here.

Forest H. Dutlinger Natural Area

This 1,521 acre tract is surrounded by Hammersley Wild Area in northern Clinton County. Its main feature is a 158 acre stand of old growth timber but it is also an important reptile and amphibian protection area.