Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny National Forest covers 512,998 acres of Northwest Pennsylvania. Two hundred years ago the forest was mostly Eastern Hemlock and American Beech, but today the area is comprised mostly of black cherry, maple and other hardwoods. The disappearance of hemlock began in the 1850s when tanneries started using hemlock bark as their source for curing leather. The industry received a great boost by the Civil War demand for harness, military equipment and industrial belting. By the end of the century, the tanning industry was a major forest industry in Pennsylvania. Goodbye Hemlock.

That sure is one green forest.

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3 Responses to Allegheny National Forest

  1. Ed Watson November 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    This is a beautiful forest, replete with some drop dead scenery. I remember, in particular, a beautiful stand of virgin timber surrounding a spring that literally bubbled and gurgled out of the ground. I believe it was called Heart’s Content. An old friend of mine got married there. I also remember a couple trails the Tanbark Trail and East Hickory Creek Trail ( I think the names are correct?). I haven’t been there in years. Perhaps it is time to venture back.

  2. jeffreythrope November 19, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    definitely! let me know how it goes, send pictures.

  3. Rj November 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Wow. That pic brings back good memories. If I am not mistaken, it was taken just of the NCT just above the Kinzua Dam.

    “That sure is one green forest” Is that sarcastic. The ANF has been assaulted by extraction industries and only a few small areas remain protects.

    I have a panoramic picture of the forest that looks to be the same spot as your picture was taken. Everyone loves it, but this is not what a forest floor is supposed to look like.

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