Tionesta Scenic and Research Natural Areas, Allegheny National Forest
Wilderness designation for the 4,100-acre Tionesta Scenic and Research Natural Areas old-growth forest and surrounding Allegheny National Forest land should be a priority. This is an extremely rare and ecologically invaluable remnant of eastern old-growth forest, but it is threatened by oil and gas drilling and logging that approaches, and has even occured within, its borders.
In 1997, the U.S. Forest Service characterized the Tionesta Research Natural
Area as "one of the most valuable old-growth remnants in the eastern
U.S. ...evidenced by the 10-fold increase in research activity ... over the past
In a paper published in the October, 2001 Natural Areas Journal, the quarterly publication of the Natural Areas Association, the Friends of Allegheny Wilderness concept for
protecting the rare 4,100-acre eastern old-growth forest through wilderness
designation is outlined. Authored by FAW director Kirk Johnson, the paper
is titled "A Proposal for Tionesta Wilderness Designation in the Allegheny
National Forest, Pennsylvania, USA."
For further information on the Friends of Allegheny Wilderness Tionesta Wilderness Area proposal, please call (814) 723-0620, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Fork Run, Tionesta Research Natural Area, Allegheny National Forest.
Photo by Bob Stoudt
East Fork Run, Tionesta Research Natural Area.
Photo by Paul Feenstra
Tionesta Research Natural Area. Photo by Dean Wells.