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Delaware State Forest
IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area)
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Painter Swamp, Pike County, within Delaware State Forest.
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Location of Delaware State Forest in Pennsylvania
Location Pennsylvania, United States
Elevation 1,145 ft (349 m)
Governing body Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Website Delaware State Forest

Delaware State Forest is a Pennsylvania state forest in Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry District #19. The main offices are located in Swiftwater in Monroe County, Pennsylvania in the United States.

The forest is in several tracts in Monroe and Pike counties. Northampton County is also in District #19.


Delaware 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

The U.S. state of New Jersey is to the east.

Nearby state parks

Delaware State Forest Glen
Spruce Run within Delaware State Forest
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