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Proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness on the ANF featured

Post by edfrank » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:05 pm

TBE: Proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness on the ANF featured in national hiking magazine

http://www.pawild.org/articles/tbe11111.pdf
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The Bradford Era
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness Area on the ANF featured in national hiking magazine

WARREN -- The proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness Area on the Allegheny National Forest is featured on the front cover of the newest issue of North Star: The magazine of the North Country Trail Association.

The photo of the proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness Area featured in the new North Star, titled "Johnnycake Run Sunset," was taken by FAW executive director Kirk Johnson in the Johnnycake Run area near the Allegheny Reservoir.

Tracy Ridge, located in McKean and Warren Counties, is more than 9,500 acres in size -- by far the largest Roadless Area on the Allegheny -- and contains a nine-mile segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

The magazine chose to feature the site due to its being such a contiguous tract of wilderness-quality land containing a portion of the North Country Trail.

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club first proposed Tracy Ridge for wilderness designation in 1973, and their proposal was supported by then-U.S. Sens. Hugh Scott and Richard Schweiker.

In 2003, the Warren-based non-profit organization Friends of Allegheny Wilderness again proposed the pristine Tracy Ridge area for wilderness designation in their Citizens¹ Wilderness Proposal -- supported by the vast majority of public comments received.

Tracy Ridge and three other formally recognized roadless areas on the Allegheny, as well as tens of millions of additional roadless national forest acreage nationwide, are currently threatened by legislation pending in the U.S. Congress titled the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act (H.R. 1581/S. 1087). This act, commonly referred to as the Great Outdoors Giveaway bill, would release all roadless acreage to forms of development that are inconsistent with the preservation of wilderness values.

The North Country Trail is America¹s longest National Scenic Trail at more than 4,500 miles, and passes through seven states from North Dakota to New York. The Pennsylvania segment of the North Country Trail is 265 miles long in all.
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Re: Proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness on the ANF featured

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:26 pm

I hope you guys get plenty of more wilderness designation!

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Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:52 am

Thanks!


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Re: Proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness on the ANF featured

Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:02 pm

The original 29-page citizen wilderness proposal for Tracy Ridge published by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club in February of 1973 is now availble online as a PDF download (14 MBs):

http://www.pawild.org/pdfs/TracyRidgePratt1973.pdf

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club thoroughly inventoried the area and proposed it for wilderness designation all the way back in the early 1970s –- before the Wilderness Act of 1964 and National Wilderness Preservation System were even ten years old! Through the natural, inevitable process of ecological succession, the area has become only more wild and untrammeled during the intervening 40 years since the Sierra Club’s proposal.
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Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:21 am

Help Save the Proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness Area!

Please write to the Allegheny National Forest’s Bradford District Ranger Rich Hatfield and respectfully ask him to not entertain mountain biking for the proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness Area — the largest Roadless Area in the Allegheny National Forest.

Bradford District Ranger Rich Hatfield
29 Forest Service Drive
Bradford, PA 16701
814-363-6098
rhatfield@fs.fed.us

Friends of Allegheny Wilderness is of course not opposed to mountain biking in general in the Allegheny National Forest. Over the years, FAW, The Wilderness Society​, and others have made concessions to and agreements with mountain biking groups such as the Northern Allegheny Mountain Biking Association and the North American Mountain Biking Association.

For example, we have for the time being stopped advocating wilderness designation for the Morrison Run area because the Morrison trail is now used and maintained for mountain biking. We have adjusted our proposed addition to the Hickory Creek Wilderness and proposed Allegheny Front Wilderness to accommodate mountain biking on the Tanbark Trail in those areas. We also publicly support the Jake’s Rocks 40-mile epic mountain biking trail that is currently in the works and not far from coming to fruition.

Unfortunately, FAW has recently learned that another group is now preparing a proposal for mountain biking on the trails within the 9,700-acre proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness along the eastern shore of the Allegheny Reservoir in Warren and McKean Counties. This despite the fact that mountain biking was long ago prohibited in this area by the Forest Service because of concerns over user conflicts and erosion. Tracy Ridge also contains a nine-mile segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail, a nationally recognized hiking-only trail on which mountain biking is not permitted.

Once mountain biking is permanently established in this area, designating it as wilderness would become that much more difficult as mountain biking is (correctly) not allowed in wilderness. Tracy Ridge is an area that should have been designated as part of America’s National Wilderness Preservation System under the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act all the way back in 1975. For a brief review of the long history of the efforts by FAW and other wilderness advocates over the years to have Tracy Ridge designated as wilderness, please see the article beginning on the front page of our March, 2011 newsletter:

http://www.pawild.org/fawn/faw_v11no1.pdf

So far the Forest Service has not started any planning on the mountain biking proposal for Tracy Ridge, but if and when it moves forward, there will be formal scoping and a full NEPA process. It would be better if the idea of mountain biking in the proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness never even got to that point.

Please contact Rich Hatfield asap and respectfully impress upon him why permanent wilderness protection under the Wilderness Act of 1964 for Tracy Ridge is so important to you, and therefore why he should no longer entertain mountain biking ideas for the area. Mr. Hatfield has only been on the Allegheny for less than one year, so may not fully appreciate yet the vast and deep-rooted love for Tracy Ridge and the North Country Trail that is out there. That is where you come in!

Contact info:

Bradford District Ranger Rich Hatfield
29 Forest Service Drive
Bradford, PA 16701
814-363-6098
rhatfield@fs.fed.us

Thank you very much for taking action on this important issue!




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Re: Proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness on the ANF featured

Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:41 pm

PAwildernessadvocate wrote:Help Save the Proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness Area!

Please write to the Allegheny National Forest’s Bradford District Ranger Rich Hatfield and respectfully ask him to not entertain mountain biking for the proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness Area — the largest Roadless Area in the Allegheny National Forest.

Good news everyone, after more than two years of struggle against this openly hostile anti-wilderness proposal, the proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness Area in the Allegheny National Forest, and the North Country National Scenic Trail, are safe from development schemes. For the time being. Whew!



http://www.bradfordera.com/news/forest- ... 43201.html

Forest Service withdraws shared-use decision for Tracy Ridge
The entire proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness Area should of course be designated as wilderness under the Wilderness Act of 1964 — similar to what Allegheny National Forest itself proposed in the Preferred Alternative of their Draft Forest Plan in 2006.
"There is no better way to save biodiversity than by preserving habitat, and no better habitat, species for species, than wilderness." --Edward O. Wilson

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