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Wild and Natural Areas

Pennsylvania’s state forest system includes dozens of special wild and natural areas designated 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 backcountry recreational opportunities.

Little Tinicum Island Natural Area

Little Tinicum Island in the Delaware River is the site of one of the few tidal mud flats in Pennsylvania. This is also the site of several wetland species of plants and animals not commonly found in Pennsylvania.

The island is a good place to observe waterfowl as well as some uncommon plants.

Little Tinicum Island Natural Area Fact Sheet (PDF)

David R. Johnson Natural Area

This 56-acre wooded tract is located near New Hope in eastern Bucks County. It is named after its former owner and its rich soils feature a wide variety of trees more frequently found in northern Pennsylvania than in the southeastern corner of the state.

Ruth Zimmerman Natural Area

This 33-acre tract is located in Berks County south of Breezy Corners.  It is primarily a forested wetland that features many pin oaks and various upland oak species.