Moshannon State Forest

Moshannon State Forest

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NOTICE: Due to a stream crossing safety concern, Claymine Road is currently closed from Shirks Road to Shields Dam Road. This closure will be in place until a proper fix can be determined and implemented. For your safety, please abide by road closure postings and use alternate routes. Thank you for your understanding and continued safe usage of the Moshannon State Forest.
With the rapid warm up and rain over the past 24 hours, forest road conditions have severely deteriorated and almost impassable ice conditions are the result. Please use extreme caution if you choose to travel state forest roads in the coming days, and avoid the roads entirely if at all possible. Currently the road surfaces are hard packed, glossy ice making travel even with four wheel drive and tire chains nearly impossible. If you do choose to navigate state forest roads during this time, please remember that there is no winter maintenance and cell phone service is not present over much of the forest. Make sure that you are prepared, plan accordingly, choose safe routes and cautiously enjoy the forest.
With the rapid warm up and rain over the past 24 hours, forest road conditions have severely deteriorated and almost impassable ice conditions are the result. Please use extreme caution if you choose to travel state forest roads in the coming days, and avoid the roads entirely if at all possible. Currently the road surfaces are hard packed, glossy ice making travel even with four wheel drive and tire chains nearly impossible. If you do choose to navigate state forest roads during this time, please remember that there is no winter maintenance and cell phone service is not present over much of the forest. Make sure that you are prepared, plan accordingly, choose safe routes and cautiously enjoy the forest.
With the onset of the winter season, ice and snow have returned to the state forest roads. Please use extra caution when utilizing state forest roads, especially during the winter months, and allow extra time for travel and alternate routes as the weather dictates. Please keep in mind that there is no winter maintenance completed or permitted on state forest roads. As snow and ice accumulate on the driving surface, travel becomes increasingly treacherous and will remain that way. This means once conditions are set and frozen they will be with us until the weather changes in the spring. When coming to use the state forest this time of year please be prepared, know your route and plan to use a properly equipped vehicle for your travels. The forest is a wonderful place in the winter so enjoy it while providing for the safety of yourself and all forest users.
Monday sunrise in Quehanna!
*****Attention----Due to road maintenance, please use extra caution on Fourmile and McGeorge Roads this week. DCNR graders and other heavy equipment will be working to regrade the road surface this week to allow for a safer driving surface. Roads will be completely closed to all traffic on Tuesday 9/21 and Wednesday 9/22 on the entirety of Fourmile Road as well as McGeorge Road from the intersection of Fourmile Road to the intersection of Tyler Road. Please make adjustments to planned travel routes as necessary.
Happy 77th birthday!

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Homeowners Guide to Gypsy Moth Management link
http://elibrary.dcnr.pa.gov/GetDocument?docId=1741349&DocName=sf-GypsyMoth-HmwnrsGd-2013.pdf

Moshannon State forest manages more than 190,000 acres for various activities to include: timber management, recreation, oil / gas, forest fires, etc.

Operating as usual

03/08/2022

NOTICE: Due to a stream crossing safety concern, Claymine Road is currently closed from Shirks Road to Shields Dam Road. This closure will be in place until a proper fix can be determined and implemented. For your safety, please abide by road closure postings and use alternate routes. Thank you for your understanding and continued safe usage of the Moshannon State Forest.

02/17/2022

With the rapid warm up and rain over the past 24 hours, forest road conditions have severely deteriorated and almost impassable ice conditions are the result. Please use extreme caution if you choose to travel state forest roads in the coming days, and avoid the roads entirely if at all possible. Currently the road surfaces are hard packed, glossy ice making travel even with four wheel drive and tire chains nearly impossible. If you do choose to navigate state forest roads during this time, please remember that there is no winter maintenance and cell phone service is not present over much of the forest. Make sure that you are prepared, plan accordingly, choose safe routes and cautiously enjoy the forest.

02/17/2022

With the rapid warm up and rain over the past 24 hours, forest road conditions have severely deteriorated and almost impassable ice conditions are the result. Please use extreme caution if you choose to travel state forest roads in the coming days, and avoid the roads entirely if at all possible. Currently the road surfaces are hard packed, glossy ice making travel even with four wheel drive and tire chains nearly impossible. If you do choose to navigate state forest roads during this time, please remember that there is no winter maintenance and cell phone service is not present over much of the forest. Make sure that you are prepared, plan accordingly, choose safe routes and cautiously enjoy the forest.

01/11/2022

With the onset of the winter season, ice and snow have returned to the state forest roads. Please use extra caution when utilizing state forest roads, especially during the winter months, and allow extra time for travel and alternate routes as the weather dictates. Please keep in mind that there is no winter maintenance completed or permitted on state forest roads. As snow and ice accumulate on the driving surface, travel becomes increasingly treacherous and will remain that way. This means once conditions are set and frozen they will be with us until the weather changes in the spring. When coming to use the state forest this time of year please be prepared, know your route and plan to use a properly equipped vehicle for your travels. The forest is a wonderful place in the winter so enjoy it while providing for the safety of yourself and all forest users.

Exploring Panther Rocks in Clearfield County's Moshannon State Forest 12/01/2021

Exploring Panther Rocks in Clearfield County's Moshannon State Forest

https://uncoveringpa.com/panther-rocks

Exploring Panther Rocks in Clearfield County's Moshannon State Forest Panther Rocks in Moshannon State Forest is an incredible spot for exploration in Clearfield County, PA. Find out everything you need to know to visit this great spot.

11/01/2021

Monday sunrise in Quehanna!

Fall Foliage Reports 10/14/2021

Fall Foliage Reports

Click on the link below for Fall Foliage Reports

https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/ForestsAndTrees/FallFoliageReports/Pages/default.aspx

Fall Foliage Reports Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation -- or anywhere in the world.

09/20/2021

*****Attention----Due to road maintenance, please use extra caution on Fourmile and McGeorge Roads this week. DCNR graders and other heavy equipment will be working to regrade the road surface this week to allow for a safer driving surface. Roads will be completely closed to all traffic on Tuesday 9/21 and Wednesday 9/22 on the entirety of Fourmile Road as well as McGeorge Road from the intersection of Fourmile Road to the intersection of Tyler Road. Please make adjustments to planned travel routes as necessary.

DCNR Team Returns From Fighting Wildfires in Idaho 08/23/2021

DCNR Team Returns From Fighting Wildfires in Idaho

DCNR Team Returns From Fighting Wildfires in Idaho The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources sent an incident management team to Idaho to battle wildfires in the region. Today, after a month of service, the PA Blue IMT unit made its way home to the Commonwealth. “Oh, I’m super proud, they all did fantastic and I t...

08/09/2021

Happy 77th birthday!

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07/29/2021

Homeowners Guide to Gypsy Moth Management link
http://elibrary.dcnr.pa.gov/GetDocument?docId=1741349&DocName=sf-GypsyMoth-HmwnrsGd-2013.pdf

Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: Dendrochronology and Pennsylvania Forest History | Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation 06/16/2021

Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: Dendrochronology and Pennsylvania Forest History | Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation

https://paparksandforests.org/news/seeing-the-forest-and-the-trees-dendrochronology-and-pennsylvania-forest-history/

Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: Dendrochronology and Pennsylvania Forest History | Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation Kate Peresolak and Joe Baker A lot of visitors to wild lands in Pennsylvania probably imagine themselves walking in forest primeval, a place untouched by human hands. We all imagine woodlands and mountains before the arrival of the Europeans as a kind of Eden. Indeed, it was this notion of wildernes...

06/09/2021

The Driving Surface Aggregate (DSA) placement on Laurel Run Road will begin on Monday June 14th, 2021. The work that will be completed will be paver placement and rolling of DSA on the entire length of Laurel Run Road and possibly continuing onto Harley Dean Road or until the contracted material is exhausted. This means that Laurel Run Road from Tyler Road to the end of pavement on Laurel Run Road (township section) as well as Harley Dean Road from the intersection of Woodward Dam Road to Laurel Run Road and Laurel Ridge Road from the intersection of Mud Run Road to the intersection with Laurel Run Road will be closed from start of application through project completion, and then a sufficient amount of time to allow for drying and set-up of the material. Should there be any significant delays in the construction schedule, it will be posted on our page. All project areas will be closed during this time as vehicle traffic, including bicycles, will destroy the material when wet. Thank you for your patience, understanding and continued usage and support of the Moshannon State Forest.

Photos from Moshannon State Forest's post 06/04/2021

Photos from Moshannon State Forest's post

Millions of Brood X cicadas are emerging; experts say don’t use insecticide 05/25/2021

Millions of Brood X cicadas are emerging; experts say don’t use insecticide

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Millions of Brood X cicadas are emerging; experts say don’t use insecticide Cicadas are about to emerge in really big numbers, but whatever you do, don’t reach for the insecticide. We’ve been getting reports of some cicadas already emerging from the ground in t…

05/11/2021

The Medix Grade Road Driving Surface Aggregate (DSA) placement, will begin placement on Monday May 17th, 2021. The work that they will be completing will be paver placement and rolling of DSA from the intersection of Little Medix Road and continuing towards the Caledonia Pike until the contracted material is exhausted. Also, limestone placement has begun on Evans Fire Road this week and is being conducted using our in house maintenance staff. This means that both roads will be closed from start of application through project completion, and then a sufficient amount of time to allow for drying and set-up of the material. Should there be any significant delays in the construction schedule, it will be posted on our page. The project areas will be closed during this time. Thank you for your patience.

A piece of lumber history unveiled at DuBois City Park 04/09/2021

A piece of lumber history unveiled at DuBois City Park

A piece of lumber history unveiled at DuBois City Park DuBOIS — The Lumber Heritage Region, along with the DuBois Area Historical Society, has unveiled a piece of history in the DuBois City Park in the way of an interpretive

Local fire officials urge caution to prevent wildfires 04/08/2021

Local fire officials urge caution to prevent wildfires

Local fire officials urge caution to prevent wildfires DuBOIS — While many people may believe the most dangerous time for wildfires in Pennsylvania is during the summer, local fire officials say they are actually more likely to occur

04/08/2021

Ruffed grouse enjoying the warm weather

Growing gypsy moth population could damage central PA forests 03/25/2021

Growing gypsy moth population could damage central PA forests

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcXfKFruIbQ

Growing gypsy moth population could damage central PA forests Growing gypsy moth population could damage central PA forests

03/10/2021

Thousands of snowfleas out on the snow...a sure sign that spring is on it's way!

PA SFI® - Online Logger Training 02/16/2021

PA SFI® - Online Logger Training

PA SFI Online Logger Training Opportunities

https://sfiofpa.org/pages/online-logger-training/

PA SFI® - Online Logger Training These online logger training options are intended to give participants of the Pennsylvania SFI Professional Timber Harvester Training Program additional opportunities for completing their continuing education (CE) requirements. The value of these trainings will depend greatly on the participants’...

Photos from Moshannon State Forest's post 02/09/2021

As snow continues to fall and winter is well set in, it is increasingly important to take steps to be safe when using the state forest. While outdoor recreation in the wintertime is especially enjoyable, there are some additional precautions that should be taken, especially when driving, to allow for a safe experience. Many state forest roads may look to be safe to drive by motor vehicle, or may give the appearance of being plowed, but be aware that as many forest roads are joint use that they are open to snowmobiles and passenger vehicles. These joint use roads are therefore groomed instead of plowed. Even well equipped four wheel drive vehicles can become severely stuck on state forest roads during this time of year. A great deal of work is involved in maintaining forest roads for year round use and when vehicles need to be removed, the damage to the roadway is immense. Also be aware that should a vehicle become stuck, it may need to wait until spring thaw before removal as plowing of snow on state forest roads is prohibited. Also much of the forest enjoys a wild character and does not have cell phone service. Without phone service to reach out for help, in extreme cold even a small incident of getting stuck can turn into a severe emergency. Please do not put emergency responders in harm’s way unnecessarily and evaluate your route of travel before you go. Enjoy your time on the state forest and be safe.

Photos from PWHU (PA Wildlife Habitat Unlimited)'s post 02/05/2021

Photos from PWHU (PA Wildlife Habitat Unlimited)'s post

Photos from PWHU (PA Wildlife Habitat Unlimited)'s post 02/05/2021

Photos from PWHU (PA Wildlife Habitat Unlimited)'s post

Northcentral Mountains Region Snowmobile Information - PA DCNR 12/17/2020

Northcentral Mountains Region Snowmobile Information - PA DCNR

Snow is here in North Central PA. Check out the link for updated maps and snowmobile trail conditions for Moshannon State Forest. Trail conditions are updated every Tuesday and Thursday from the Sunday after Regular Firearms Deer Season to April 1st.

https://www.apps.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/snowmobileiframe/northcentral.aspx

Northcentral Mountains Region Snowmobile Information - PA DCNR Use the buttons below to view either the Snowmobile Trail Conditions or the status of Joint Use Roads used by snowmobiles and other vehicles.

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A little morning sparring session

10/21/2020

No words needed.....

10/08/2020
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09/30/2020

Check out the Fall Foliage Reports and prime locations for viewing.

https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/ForestsAndTrees/FallFoliageReports/Pages/default.aspx

09/30/2020

Leaves are changing....

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3372 State Park Rd
Penfield, PA
15849

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm

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