Clarion River - Wild and Scenic River Management

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The Allegheny National Forest
A few quick facts:
 Established in 1923 by Presidential Proclamation under the
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authority of the 1911 Weeks Act.
Current Acreage: 513,325 acres
One of 155 National Forests managed by the U.S. Forest
Service; only NF in Pennsylvania
Lies within a days’s drive of 1/3 Nation’s population
Congress mandates that NF’s be managed to provide
multiple benefits in a sustainable way so future generations
will enjoy these lands.
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 The ANF is the “Administering Agency” for two Wild and
Scenic Rivers
 86.6 miles on the Allegheny Wild and Scenic River, (1992)
 51.7 miles on the Clarion Wild and Scenic River, (1996)
Note:
The public law that created the designation of both wild and scenic rivers states the rivers are to
be administered by the “Secretary of Agriculture”; this in turn was delegated to the U.S. Forest
Service – the “Administering Agency”.
Clarion River Municipal Partnership
 Formed in 2007 to address issues relating to
regional tourism and the management of the
National Wild & Scenic Clarion River
 8 Townships and 2 Borough Members
 Guided by our management “tripod” of:
River Health
Economic Opportunity
Cultural Heritage
The National
Wild & Scenic River Act
It shall be the policy of the United States
that certain selected rivers of the Nation
which, with their immediate environments,
possess Outstandingly remarkable scenic,
recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife,
historic, cultural, or other similar values,
shall be preserved in free-flowing condition,
and that they and their immediate
environments shall be protected for the
benefit and enjoyment of present and future
generations.
The Clarion River Designation
 Added as a Study River in 1992 (P.L. 102-271)
 51.7 miles designated October 1996 (P.L. 104-314)
 From Ridgway to the backwaters of Piney Dam
 34.6 Miles Designated Recreational (2 segments)
 17.1 Miles Designated Scenic (2 segments)
The Clarion WSR Segments
 Approximately 64 percent of the rivers edge is in
public ownership:
 Allegheny National Forest
 DCNR Bureau of Forestry
 DCNR Clear Creek & Cook Forest State Parks
 PA Game Commission
 Includes riverfront in 9 Townships - Ridgway,
Spring Creek, Millstone (Elk Cnty), Heath, Barnett
(Jefferson Cnty), Barnett (Forest Cnty), Millcreek,
Highland, and Farmington (Clarion Cnty)
Outstandingly Remarkable Values
(ORV)
 Landform Value
 Scenic Value
 Ecological Value
 Wildlife Value
 Aquatic Value
 Heritage Value
 Recreational Value
Protecting the ORV’s is the basis for all
management objectives
Established ORV’s for the Clarion
 Landform Value- Sinuous river with steep, narrow
valley having little or no floodplain, containing large
boulders in the river course – for the Clarion this is a
part of what makes the Scenic value so high
 Scenic Value- Steeply forested hillsides of almost
continuous mature deciduous and coniferous
vegetation
 Recreational Value- Class C-1 with a long floating
season and a large variety of recreational opportunities
and public facilities
Allegheny National Forest
Marienville Ranger District
131 Smokey Lane
Marienville, PA 16329
District Ranger, Robert Fallon
(814) 927-5799
[email protected]
Clarion River Municipal Partnership Council
c/o Millstone Township
2329 Route 3001
Sigel, PA 15860
Chairman Eric Patton
(814) 752-6279
[email protected]
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