Lackawanna State Forest
|Lackawanna State Forest|
|Pennsylvania State Forest|
|Managed Resource Protected Area (IUCN VI)|
Looking southwest from Pine Hill, Lackawanna State Forest, Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties
|- elevation||2,265 ft (690.4 m)|
|Area||30,150 acres (12,201 ha)|
|Managed by||Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|
|Website : Lackawanna State Forest|
Lackawanna State Forest is a Pennsylvania State Forest in Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry District #11. The main offices are located in Lackawanna State Park in North Abington Township in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania in the United States.
The forest is located on several tracts in Lackawanna and northern Luzerne counties. Their total area is 27,345 acres (11,066.1 ha). District #11 also includes Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties.
The reorganization of Pennsylvania State Forests that took effect July 1, 2005 added the southern part of Luzerne County to District #11 (it was previously in the defunct Wyoming State Forest). Other aspects of the realignment include moving the District #11 office from Scranton 10 miles (16 km) north to Lackawanna State Park, and the acquisition of a new tract, "Theta Forest" (not included in the description above).
Lackawanna State Forest was formed as a direct result of the depletion of the forests of Pennsylvania that took place during the mid-to-late 19th century. Conservationists like Dr. Joseph Rothrock became concerned that the forests would not regrow if they were not managed properly. Lumber and Iron companies had harvested the old-growth forests for various reasons. The clear cut the forests and left behind nothing but dried tree tops and rotting stumps. The sparks of passing steam locomotives ignited wildfires that prevented the formation of second growth forests. The conservationists feared that the forest would never regrow if there was not a change in the philosophy of forest management. They called for the state to purchase land from the lumber and iron companies and the lumber and iron companies were more than willing to sell their land since that had depleted the natural resources of the forests. The changes began to take place in 1895 when Dr. Rothrock was appointed the first commissioner of the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters, the forerunner of today's Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a piece of legislation in 1897 that authorized the purchase of "unseated lands for forest reservations." This was the beginning of the State Forest system.
Neighboring state forest districts
Nearby state parks
- Archbald Pothole State Park in Lackawanna County
- Lackawanna State Park in Lackawanna County
- Prompton State Park in Wayne County
- Salt Springs State Park in Susquehanna County
- Varden Conservation Area in Wayne County
- "History of the William Penn State Forest". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Archived from the original on 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
- "Lackawanna State Forest". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- "DCNR REALIGNING FOREST DISTRICTS". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. June 2005. Retrieved 2006-07-12.[dead link]
- "State Forest Districts". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Archived from the original on 2006-05-15. Retrieved 2006-07-12. Note: Map showing districts after the July 1, 2005 realignment