The Bradford Era
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Allegheny National Forest discussed in new book
WARREN In "The Way of the Woods: Journeys Through American
Forests," Linda Underhill explores some of America¹s most
extraordinary forests, from proposed wilderness in the Allegheny
National Forest, to the old-growth groves of Cook Forest State Park,
to the ancient rainforests of Washington¹s Olympic Peninsula.
Pittsburgh native Underhill, a resident of Wellsville, N.Y., and
currently a visiting professor of English at Gettysburg College,
spent several years visiting important forest areas from coast to
coast in preparation for writing "The Way of the Woods," recently
published by Oregon State University Press.
For her chapter on the ANF, titled "Going Wild," Underhill
augmented her research with a hiking trip with Kirk Johnson,
executive director for Friends of Allegheny Wilderness into the
proposed addition to the Hickory Creek Wilderness Area in southern
Warren County. Friends of Allegheny Wilderness is a Warren-based
non-profit organization seeking permanent protection for select
portions of the Allegheny.
The proposed addition to the Hickory Creek Wilderness is a
1,780-acre area that encompasses the headwaters of East Hickory
Creek, a state-designated Wilderness Trout Stream, and it contains a
two-mile segment of the popular Tanbark Trail. It was first proposed
for wilderness designation as part of the Eastern Wilderness Areas
Act in 1974 by former Pennsylvania Senators Hugh Scott and Richard
In total, Friends of Allegheny Wilderness has proposed that
54,460 acres of the Allegheny be designated as wilderness under the
Wilderness Act of 1964 in their Citizens¹ Wilderness Proposal for
Pennsylvania¹s Allegheny National Forest, published in 2003. During
the U.S. Forest Service¹s recently completed Forest Plan revision,
more than 6,800 of a total of 8,200 public comments specifically
advocated for the Citizens¹ Wilderness Proposal.
"The Way of the Woods" is available through the publisher, via
online booksellers such as Amazon.com and BN.com, and at bookstores.
Underhill is also the author of "The Unequal Hours: Moments of Being
in the Natural World," published in 1999 by University of Georgia
Friends of Allegheny Wilderness
A Citizens' Wilderness Proposal for Pennsylvania's Allegheny
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