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RGS Graduates 16 Women in Wingshooting Program

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – September 4, 2020 – Sixteen women from two different states graduated in August from the Ruffed Grouse Society’s Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting program offered in Pennsylvania.  The Allegheny and Upland Bird Hunt Chapters of the Ruffed Grouse Society offered the program, and the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club in Mt. Jewett hosted the program.  Purina, Sportdog, and Federal support this program at the national level. 

And the graduates are:

1.     Tina Brewer, McKean County,

2.     Linda Cole, McKean County,

3.     Isabelle Champlin, McKean County,

4.     Michele Ford, Elk County,

5.     Terra Haines, Bedford County,

6.     Taylor Holt, McKean County,

7.     Tianna Johnson, McKean County,

8.     Kristy Lorenzo, McKean County,

9.     Sue McClelland, McKean County,

10.  Marie Ober, McKean County.

11.  Dorrie Olay, Elk County,

12.  Julie Olay, Elk County,

13.  Donna Puller, McKean County,

14.  Barb Sherman, McKean County,

15.  Melissa Stagnaro, Virginia,

16.  Emily Thomas, Clearfield County,

The RGS congratulates these sixteen women!  The women are invited to a hunt for quail, pheasants, and chukars at a Special Retrieve Training Area at the Rolfe Beagle Club on Sunday, 9/13, to use their newly acquired skills.

Any women interested in enrolling in next year’s Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting Course should contact Mary Hosmer at for further details. 


ANF to Temporary Close Forest Road 134 for Construction

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – September 2, 2020 – The Forest Service will temporarily close Forest Road 134, September 8 to 25, 2020, for road construction and the installation of a new large culvert.

The closure will be located at the intersection of where Forest Road 134 crosses Maple Run road in the Highland Township, Elk County, Pennsylvania.

Due to the nature of the construction project, which requires in place poured concrete footers, the closure will be longer than normal to allow for the proper for curing time of the concrete.

The new culvert will allow for better aquatic organism passage.

For questions regarding the closure or other project details, contact Marienville District Ranger Rob Fallon at, or call the Marienville Ranger District office at 814-927-5700.


ANF ATV Trails Will Be Temporary Closed for Construction

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – August 27, 2020 – The Forest Service will be making some needed improvements to the Marienville and Timberline All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Trails that will temporarily interrupt or detour the use of these trails.

The Marienville ATV Trail will be closed for improvements to a segment of the one-way trail from 8 am, Tuesday, September 1 through 4 pm, Friday, September 4. The trail will be open for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The Timberline ATV Trail’s improvements will begin at the Pigs Ear Trailhead on Tuesday, September 8, and will continue through mid-October. The Pigs Ear Trailhead will remain open and a detour will be in place for all ATV traffic entering the Timberline ATV Trail from the Trailhead or from the Marienville ATV Trail.

The detour will follow the Pigs Ear Road north from the Trailhead to Forest Road 580, and then east on Forest Road 580 to connect with the Timberline Trail. See map.

Please note that Pigs Ear Road is a township road, open to two-way public motor vehicle traffic, and that both motor vehicles and ATVs will need to proceed slowly
and cautiously.

Forest Road 580 is a gated and closed Forest Service road with occasional administrative traffic.

The trail project will employ a Student Conservation Association Leader Crew working on the Allegheny National Forest from late August through late October. The crew will be working alongside Forest Service staff to install paver blocks on segments of the Marienville and Timberline ATV Trails that are prone to erosion
due to grade and wheel action due to acceleration. The pavers will stabilize the trail segments and deter sedimentation deposits in nearby the Warner Run stream and Spring Creek.

For questions regarding the closure, detour, or other project details, contact Marienville District Ranger Rob Fallon at, or call the Marienville Ranger District office at 814-927-5700.


Mt Jewett Sportsmen’s Club Hosts 300 Club Labor Day Picnic

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – August 26, 2020 – Practice social distancing in the spacious front, back, and side yards at the Mt. Jewett Sportsman’s Club, but do come if you have a ticket to the 300 Club Picnic and enjoy the afternoon on Labor Day, Sunday, 9/6, at the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club on Division Street in Mt. Jewett, Pa. 

The always-fun 300 Club Labor Day Picnic for the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club will start at 1:00 p.m.  This year’s event includes tournaments such as human foosball and cornhole.  Horseshoes will be available for use.  The 300 club will offer snacks, beverages, and a dinner at 5:00 p.m., raffle prizes, and a DJ for music.  This event will be held rain or shine. 

“This is our way of saying ‘thanks’ to the communities and people that support our conservation efforts throughout the year,” said President Jim Troutman, “so come on out and enjoy the afternoon”.

Participants in the human foosball tournament must have closed-toe shoes or boots; no sandals will be permitted in the foosball box.

The Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club is a progressive sportsmen’s club that features clay target shooting, a rifle and pistol range, a Women’s Intro to Wingshooting Program, youth pheasant hunts, a Hunter/Trapper Education program, Boy Scout events, THE Big Buck content, and sharing of conservation knowledge. All proceeds from the 300 Club Labor Day Picnic support outdoor heritage events right here in NC PA.

Future programs will include an NRA Women on Target pistol training.

Join our Facebook page, Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club.


Registrations Due September 1 for September Song Dog Slam

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – August 19, 2020 – Tuesday, September 1 is the last day to register for the Rolfe Beagle Club’s 7th annual early fall predator hunt – dubbed the “September Song Dog Slam!”  You can register to only hunt coyotes, only hunt crows, or hunt both coyotes and crows.  The hunt runs for ten days and encompasses both weekends bracketing Labor Day.

The hunt starts at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2, and runs thru Saturday, September 12, at noon.  Coyotes will be weighed every day at 6:00 p.m.  Crows will be counted in at the same time.  Every coyote will receive a share of the prize money.  The lone exception is that the largest coyote will also receive an extra 10%.  The largest female will also receive an additional prize. 

The crow prize money will be based strictly on the number of crows harvested.  Crows will also be counted in at 6:00 p.m. every day.  The lone exception is that on Saturday, September 12, coyotes and crows will be registered in at noon.

Hunting is STATEWIDE OVER THE TEN DAYS.  If you have any questions at all, please contact Mary Hosmer at or 814-512-2101 and leave a message.

Registrations can be sent to Rolfe Beagle Club, 1016 Long Level Road, Johnsonburg, PA. 15845. Provide your name, address, phone number, email, and registration fee.


RGS Allegheny Chapter Offering New Hunter Mentor Program

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – August 17, 2020 – Covid19 has caused some people to renew their love of the outdoors, and the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is an organization making it easier for folks to enjoy the outdoors by offering a New Hunter Mentor Program.  The local Allegheny Chapter of the RGS is offering this Program to people interested in conservation and hunting of upland birds.  The program will be offered on Sunday, 9/20, in Johnsonburg, and Saturday, 10/17, near Ridgway; final location to be determined.

Sign up with Rich Elliott at or with Christine Haibach at

“This is the only training offered in NC Pennsylvania where an experienced, successful mentor helps you on a one-on-one basis from starting at the patterning board checking for gun fit, to learning about habitat, to learning about bird dogs, to finally going on a mentored hunt for upland birds,” says Rich Elliott, Co-Leader of the New Hunter Mentor Program for the Allegheny Chapter of the RGS.

The RGS Allegheny Chapter welcomes any donations to support the New Hunter Mentor Program.  If you are interested in donating funds, clay pigeons, or shells to support new hunters to the upland bird life, then please contact Christine Haibach at


Swimming Returns to the Loleta Recreation Area on July 17

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – July 16, 2020 – The Allegheny National Forest is reopening the swimming area and beach at the Loleta Recreation Area on Friday, July 17, 2020.

Parts of the Loleta Recreation Area are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The swimming area was established in the 1930s when the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the main dam and a secondary dam on Millstone Creek.

The swimming area has been closed for the last two summer recreation seasons because of unsafe conditions due to accumulation of sediment, woody debris, and organic material from upstream.

Using a contractor, the accumulated material in the swimming area has been removed. Additionally, to improve visitors’ experiences, the beach area has been graded and refurbished, the dam control structure has been closed, and the pond’s water level has been replenished. Water tests have been conducted to assure the pond is safe for swimming.

Loleta Recreation Area includes:

  • A full-service campground and a Day Use Recreation Area. The site requires a $5.00 daily use vehicle fee, which includes access to the swimming area and the bathhouse. 
  • Loleta Campsites that require a fee may be reserved at

Annual passes are also available for $55.00 that allow parking at any of the Day Use fee site on the Allegheny National Forest.

For more information about the Loleta Recreation Area or any of the developed recreation facilities on the Allegheny National Forest, visit

You may also contact any of the Allegheny National Forest offices by phone for more information:

  • Supervisor’s Office at 814-728-6100
  • Marienville Ranger District at 814-927-5700
  • Bradford Ranger District at 814-363-6000

When visiting the Allegheny National Forest please recreate responsibly by leaving no trace and follow all local and state safety guidelines.


Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club Hosts Women’s Shotgun Training

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – July 14, 2020 – The Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club continues to advance their recruitment of women into the outdoor heritage experience by offering another shooting course for women. On Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, the first two days of a four-day course will be held at the club. Women will learn the basics of shotgun safety, use, ammunition, and experience shotgunning with expert advice.

The Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting program is a national shooting program for women and girls, taught by women. The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS), Allegheny and Upland Bird Hunt Chapters, and the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club are bringing this national program to Pennsylvania once again this summer. Training will be held on July 25-26 and August 22-23. An upland bird hunt will be offered on September 13.

Women have been picking up shotguns in record numbers in the last decade. So much so, women shooters have increased a whopping 189% in the last five years (

National sponsors such as Sportdog, Federal Ammunition, and Purina help make this program available to women. “Once again, this program filled quickly with women from all over the state of Pennsylvania and out-of-state, and we are so glad that the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club hosts this nationally recognized program right here in north central PA,” said the seven women instructors of the Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting Committee. “We thank the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club!”

The program will teach women the basic shooting sports, and how to hunt game birds of Pennsylvania: grouse, pheasant, turkey, quail, woodcock, snipe, doves and crows, and ducks and geese.

The Ruffed Grouse Society was founded in 1961 to promote and increase awareness of young forest management and to maintain suitable habitat that supports healthy populations of ruffed grouse, woodcock, deer and many songbird species that depend on forest diversity to survive and prosper.


Paving Project on Route 770 to Result in Daylight Closures

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – July 6, 2020 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists that a paving project on Route 770 in McKean County is set to begin Friday, July 10. This project will improve ride quality and extend the useful life of approximately seven miles of roadway in Bradford and Lafayette townships.

Work on this project will be done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site and relevant training.

Starting Friday, July 10, Route 770 will be closed between the intersections of Route 59 and Route 219 Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Local traffic and emergency service vehicles will be granted access, but all other traffic will follow a detour using Route 59 and Route 219 while crews are working. The closure and detour will be lifted at the end of each work day.

All work is being performed by PennDOT McKean County Maintenance. PennDOT anticipates completing this project in late July. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

Motorists are encouraged to “Know Before They Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 950 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Forest Service Seeks Comments on Environmental Assessment

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – July 1, 2020 — The Allegheny National Forest is accepting public review and comment on the East Branch of Tionesta Creek Vegetation Management Project located in Elk and McKean Counties, Pennsylvania.

The East Branch Tionesta Creek project area (see attached map) is generally located west of Kane, Pennsylvania and encompasses approximately 15,795 acres of National Forest System land.

The project proposed management activities include:

  • Vegetation Treatments
  • Timber Harvesting
  • Wildlife Habitat Improvements
  • Non-Native Invasive Plant Species Treatments
  • Transportation Activities
  • Recreation Improvements

To view the project documents please visit the project websites at:

Comments must be submitted within 30 days of publication of the July 1, 2020, legal notice in The Kane Republican.

For more information or to submit a comment, please contact Marienville District Ranger Robert Fallon at or 814-927-6628.

For mail-in comments:
Marienville District Ranger Robert Fallon
131 Smokey Lane
Marienville, PA 16239