ANF Hosting Open Houses on ATV Trail System Proposals

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – November 15, 2017 – The Allegheny National Forest (ANF) will hold open houses at the Marienville Ranger District on November 29 and December 6, 2017 to present information and gather feedback on proposed changes to managing the ATV trail network. The meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each night. These changes include:

  • An upcoming proposal to add approximately 12 miles to the Marienville ATV Trail with a connector to a new trailhead north of the Marienville community.
  • A potential change to restrict the size and class of machines permitted to use the various ATV trails.
  • The feasibility of increasing the permit fees for the ATV trail network.

Working with Jenks Township in Forest County, the ANF is developing a proposal that would establish a new trailhead five miles north of Marienville that would allow ATV users to link to a proposed township parking and information area in downtown Marienville via the Greeley Farm Road (T-356). From this trailhead, the ANF is finalizing a proposal to develop a 12-mile connecting trail to the Marienville ATV trailhead, located 10.7 miles north of Marienville on State Highway 66. The proposed connector trail would be developed on new and existing routes on National Forest System lands within the Intensive Use Area designated in the 2007 ANF Land Resource Management Plan for potential expansion of ATV trails.

The ANF is also examining options to restrict machine type, size and/or weight on the various ATV trails within the network to enhance the user experience, keep rising maintenance costs in check, and assure sustainable trail standards.

In addition, the ANF is considering the feasibility of increasing ATV permit fees to provide sufficient funds for maintenance, periodic upgrades, and other trail enhancements (signing, bridge replacement, parking areas, toilet facilities, etc.).

“The Allegheny National Forest is holding open houses on consecutive Wednesday nights to provide some flexibility to members of the public who wish to learn more about these proposals and provide feedback,” said District Ranger Rob Fallon. “However, it is not necessary to attend both open houses or to attend for the full length of either open house.”

“We intend to provide information and have conversations with those attending throughout the open houses, rather than make formal presentations. We are developing proposals for all of these issues, and we are doing some sensing to identify concerns before we finalize any proposed actions.”

The open houses will be held at the Marienville District Ranger Station at 131 Smokey Lane, approximately two miles north of downtown Marienville on State Highway 66.

Please note that there will be additional opportunities to comment on any proposed action regarding the ATV trail network. For members of the public who cannot attend either of the open houses, but would like to receive information on any proposed action related to the ATV trail network and submit comments at a later date, please contact Jenny Monroe at vlmonroe@fs.fed.us or 814-927-5742.

For more information about the open houses, please contact the Marienville Ranger District at 814-927-6628.