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​Susquehannock State Forest

Susquehannock State Forest derives its name from the Susquehannock tribe that once inhabited the region. It comprises 265,000 acres in:

  • Potter County
  • Clinton County
  • McKean County​

The forest grows some of the most productive stands of black cherry trees in the world, and is one of eight state forests located in the Pennsylvania Wilds region.

Susquehannock State Forest Management

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry manages our state forests for their long-term health and productivity while conserving native wild plants.

​These forests are managed as “working forests” that provide a suite of uses and values to Pennsylvania citizens, while maintaining the forest’s wild character.

Our state forests are managed for:

  • Pure water
  • Recreation
  • 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.

Susquehannock State Forest Resource Management Plan​

A district-level state forest resource management plan is written for each of the bureau’s 20 forest districts across the state.

Susquehannock State Forest staff hosted a public meeting and online survey about its draft management plan in 2018.

The 2019 Susquehannock State Forest Resource Management Plan Public Survey Data and Response to Public Comments (PDF) is available to review.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry has revised the Susquehannock Sta​te Forest Resource Management Plan (PDF).

2024 Management Activities​

The Susquehannock State For​​est’s 2024 Management Activities (PDF) provides information about upcoming projects and events to implement the State Forest Resource Management Plan.

Harvest Schedule

Local state forest harvest schedules promote and maintain desired forest landscape conditions while providing a sustainable flow of forest products.

Ecosystem Management

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
  • Spongy moth (formerly known as 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.

Dual Certified Forest

Pennsylvania’s 2.2-million-acre state forest system is one of the largest dual certified forests in North America. The forest is certified under Forest Stewardship Council™ and Sustainable Forestry Initiative© standards.

The Forest Stewardship Council™ is an independent organization supporting environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative©​ certification focuses on protection of water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and forests with exceptional conservation value.

Dual certification ensures that Pennsylvania’s state forests are managed to the highest third-party standards.​

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