The Allegheny National Forest Needs You!

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The Allegheny National Forest is more threatened now than ever before. With over 12,000 to 15,000 active oil and gas wells, 4,000 of these developed in the last 4 years, and 2,000 miles of oil and gas roads (in addition to 1,000 miles of forest system roads), the Allegheny National Forest sits on the brink of collapse. Forest fragmentation, contamination of streams and freshwater aquifers, and habitat destruction are driving the forest ecosystem to a point of no return. It is now or never for the Allegheny.

See Forest Watch Monitor Pages

What can you do?
Join the Allegheny Defense Project Forest Watch Team. Your watchful eyes (and mapping and photography skills) can help us monitor oil and gas developments, timber clearcut activity, and identify threatened or endangered species.

Become an “Interested Party” by signing up with Kathy Mohney at kmohney@fs.fed.us or write: Kathy Mohney, Allegheny National Forest, 4 Farm Colony Drive, Warren, PA 16365. Ask to be put on all ANF mailings for an interested party, especially the NEPA mailing or email list. This list will alert you to timbering, oil and gas, and other projects on the ANF.

Sign-up as a volunteer!
Tell us your interests: Forest Watch and Monitoring, Outings, Research, Public Meetings, Public Comments.

Next Steps


  1. Update your ADP supporter data to reflect your interest in Forest Watch (and other things)
  2. Join the ADP Wikispace as a member (email cpedler@alleghenydefense.org for invite)
  3. Join Community Walk to post map incidents, documentation, and link to reports and photos
  4. Choose an area to monitor on the ANF
  5. Get people to your area or connect with those already there—Geocache, outings, hunting/fishing, birdwatching—reach out to other groups to find out who else cares.
  6. Create short reports presentations on your area.

General Guidelines
• Teams. (best to always be with others)
• Visible (let workers see you, wear orange in hunting season).
• Know where you are (GIS/Map, always on public land or open-to-public land, obey rules for posted roads).
• Prepare for everything (weather, injury, isolation, defense—animals/humans).

Document:
• Location (coordinates if possible, FR#, watershed, county, township)
• Date
• What is observed (drilling activity, violations/issues-sediment run-off, deep ruts, oil spills, endangered-threatened species, farming practices for commercial even-age logging of valuable timber species)
• Look for and document posted permits or signs (well ID numbers, farm numbers, company names.
• Beauty, intact healthy areas, clean water.
• Develop documentation format that works for you.

Report:
• Create report by posting representative photos with date, location, and description on wikispace. Post location on community walk map.

See Important Resource Links Here
See Document Resources Here

For More Information Contact:
Cathy Pedler
cpedler@alleghenydefense.org
www.alleghenydefense.org; (814)454-7523