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Weiser State Forest Advisories

Weiser Closures Due to COVID-19

Please see the DCNR alert details regarding state forest closures due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Greenland Road Travel Delays

Culvert replacement work will begin in the vicinity of Greenland Road where it intersects with Berry Mountain Road.

Work will commence on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 and be completed by Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
Expect short delays between 7:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. weekdays.

Buckshot Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project

Weiser State Forest staff designated 106 acres for creation of early-successional habitat on the Greenland Tract, Dauphin County. The area is divided into 16 blocks ranging from four to eight acres, which are scattered across the tract.

Please view the Buckshot Wildlife Habitat Improvement Map (PDF) for more information about the location of the blocks.

The contractor started the project in January of 2020 and completion is set for June of 2020.

Second Mountain Tract Access Update

November 3, 2020: Despite ongoing efforts to resolve a right-of-way access issue, public entry to the Second Mountain tract via Weaver Road is not permitted. There are no alternative vehicle rights of way.

Usage of motorized vehicles (including ATVs) on the Second Mountain Tract continues to be prohibited.

No camping permits for the tract will be issued until further notice, and no DMAP permits (unit 302) were issued for the tract for the 2020 hunting season.

Entrance to the tract is walk-in only with permission of neighboring landowner(s).

The bureau intends to continue advocating for increased public access to the tract. Please check back for updates.

Roaring Creek Tract Waterline Replacement Project

On Monday, June 24, 2019, Aqua Pennsylvania started construction on a waterline replacement project. The waterline connecting the pump house at Kline’s Reservoir to the water holding tank in Aristes will be replaced in two phases.

Construction activities will necessitate heavy truck and equipment traffic along Roaring Creek Trail, Pump House Trail, and Black Road Trail. Pump House Trail will be temporarily closed during construction.

Bridge Replacement Project-Roaring Creek Tract Update

January 13, 2020:Work is nearly finished on Blue Bridge on McWilliams Trail over South Branch Roaring Creek. Completion is expected by late winter or early spring. To view the affected area, please see the Blue Bridge Replacement Map (PDF).

Weaver Road Closure

Tuesday, May 7, 2019: Weaver Road, which accesses the Second Mountain Tract, will be closed indefinitely due to right-of-way concerns. Bureau of Forestry staff continue to work to resolve the issue.

Natalie Culm Bank Project

Please be advised that active road construction and stump removal is now underway on and along Culm Bank Road. All trails intersecting with Culm Bank Road also will be closed to ensure public safety. Not all closed trails are marked on the map, so please be aware and alert to postings within the state forest tract.

Map of Natalie Culm Bank Project (PDF)

The project will include completion of a new parking area and trail head for forest visitors to access the trails on the state forest land in the Natalie area. If you have any questions please contact the Weiser State Forest district office at 570-875-6450.

General Advisories

Most of the Weiser State Forest tracts are located on ridges and valleys. Access to the parcels can be difficult. Visitors should be physically prepared and properly dressed when using these areas. A number of the tracts are accessible by foot travel only.

Several district tracts contain roads maintained for public access. Visitors should use caution because many district roads are on steep hillsides making them susceptible to rough conditions and unsuitable for low clearance vehicles. Roads do become icy because they do not receive winter maintenance.

Weiser State Forest-Roaring Creek Tract in southern Columbia and Northumberland counties is a special regulations area because of restrictions placed on the deed at the time of purchase. Visitors should familiarize themselves with these special rules posted at the entrances to the parcel.

The Port Clinton Tract, located in southern Schuylkill County, is considered a protected area for timber rattlesnakes. The taking of rattlesnakes is prohibited on this tract, including individuals holding a valid rattlesnake permit.

The district has oversight of those river islands within the district where DCNR holds title along the North, West, and main stems of the Susquehanna River. State forest rules and regulations apply on these lands.Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations apply for fishing and boating.

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.