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Advisories for William Penn State Forest

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is an always fatal disease to deer and elk, has been detected in all or portions of the William Penn State Forest.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

Additional information about CWD can be found at the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors (PDF) in the DMA.

Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly threatens Pennsylvania’s agriculture and hardwoods industries. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Departnment of Agriculture are asking for your help in the eradication efforts of this pest. Look for the insect before leaving a quarantined area, especially after walking or parking near a tree line. This insect is not a strong flier, but may try to hitch a ride on your clothing, vehicle, or items sitting outdoors.

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.