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Weiser State Forest Advisories

Slusser (Old Fire Tower) Road Closure

Slusser Road (also known as Old Fire Tower Road) on the Port Clinton Tract will be closed for road resurfacing between 7:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., from Tuesday, May 21, 2019, to Thursday, May 23, 2019. The closure affects the area between campsite PCG1 and PC3. To view the affected area, please see the Slusser Road Closure Map (PDF).

Bridge Replacement Project-Roaring Creek Tract

Wednesday, May 15, 2019: Work has begun to replace the Blue Bridge on McWilliams Trail over South Branch Roaring Creek. To view the affected area, please see the Blue Bridge Replacement Map (PDF). The completed bridge will be a single-span steel girder with a concrete deck. Work is expected to be completed in mid-October.

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. 

Port Clinton Tract Timber Harvest

On Monday, July 23, 2018, logging crews began harvesting timber on an approved timber sale on the Port Clinton Tract of Weiser State Forest. Harvesting operations are expected to last approximately one year.

Roaring Creek Tract Waterline Replacement Project

On Monday, February 26, 2018, Aqua Pennsylvania will be starting construction on a waterline replacement project. The 100 year-old waterline connecting McWilliams Reservoir to their water treatment plant will be replaced with a 36-inch transmission main. Construction activities will necessitate heavy truck and equipment traffic along Roaring Creek Trail.

Expect periodic trail closures to accommodate this traffic. Please pay attention to and heed signage along Roaring Creek Trail. Aqua Pennsylvania and/or its contractor will have personnel at Route 54 and Route 42 to direct construction traffic. This project is expected to take up to one year to complete.

Wildlife Habitat Work Set to Begin On Taylorsville Tract

Weiser Forest District is expecting to begin a wildlife habitat project at the Taylorsville Tract, Schuylkill County, Barry Township, the week of November 20, 2017. The 84-acre project will benefit early successional wildlife such as golden-winged warblers, ruffed grouse, and cottontail rabbits.

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 due to the construction and for 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 district office at 570-875-6450.

Timber Harvesting

Roaring Creek Tract: Timber harvesting will be occurring on the West side of the Roaring Creek Tract between Roaring Creek Trail and State Route 54. Please use caution along the Roaring Creek Trail.

General Advisories

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

Several of our tracts contain roads maintained for public access. Visitors should use caution because many of our 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.

The Weiser State Forest-Roaring Creek Tract in southern Columbia and Northumberland Counties is a special regulated 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.