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Pennsylvania State Forest Fire Wardens Monument, Hyner View
Forest Fire Wardens Monument with small stones for each of the twenty state forests at Hyner View State Park.

There are 20 state forests in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States. These forests are managed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, which is a division of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

A reorganization effective July 1, 2005, shifted territory among several state forests in eastern Pennsylvania, resulting in the elimination of Wyoming State Forest and the creation of Loyalsock State Forest. As of June 2018, Ellen Shultzabarger is the State Forester of Pennsylvania.

List of Pennsylvania state forests

State Forest Name   County   Area
acres (ha)  
Founded   Remarks  
Bald Eagle Centre, Clinton, Mifflin, Union, & Snyder

193,424 acres (78,280 ha)

Buchanan Bedford, Franklin, & Fulton 75,000 acres (30,350 ha)
Clear Creek Forest, Jefferson, & Venango 13,266 acres (5,369 ha) 1919, as Kittanning State Forest Name changed 2007
Cornplanter Crawford, Forest, & Warren 1,256 acres (508 ha)
Delaware Pike & Monroe

83,519 acres (33,799 ha)

Elk Cameron, Clinton, Elk, McKean, & Potter 200,000 acres (80,940 ha) 1900
Forbes Fayette, Somerset, & Westmoreland over 50,000 acres (20,230 ha)
Gallitzin Bedford, Cambria, Indiana, & Somerset 15,336 acres (6,206 ha)
Loyalsock Bradford, Lycoming, & Sullivan 114,552 acres (46,360 ha) July 1, 2005 Replaced Wyoming State Forest
Michaux Adams, Cumberland, & Franklin over 85,000 acres (34,400 ha)
Moshannon Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, & Elk

190,031 acres (76,903 ha) 1898

Pinchot Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne, & Wyoming 44,743 acres (18,107 ha)
Rothrock Centre, Huntingdon, & Mifflin 215,500 acres (87,210 ha)
Sproul Cameron, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, & Potter 280,000 acres (113,310 ha) 1898
Susquehannock Clinton, McKean, & Potter

265,000 acres (107,242 ha)

Tiadaghton Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Tioga, & Union 215,500 acres (87,210 ha)
Tioga Bradford, Lycoming, & Tioga 160,000 acres (64,750 ha) 1900
Tuscarora Cumberland, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, & Perry 91,165 acres (36,893 ha)
Weiser Carbon, Columbia, Dauphin, Northumberland, & Schuylkill 17,961 acres (7,269 ha)
William Penn Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, & Lancaster 812 acres (329 ha) January 1935, as Valley Forge State Forest, August 2007, became William Penn State Forest

Former State Forests

State Forest Name   County   Area
acres (ha)  
Founded   Remarks  
Wyoming Sullivan July 2005, became Loyalsock State Forest

Former Names of State Forests

State Forest Name   County   Area
acres (ha)  
Founded   Remarks  
Kittanning Jefferson 13,266 acres (5,369 ha) 1919 Summer 2007, renamed Clear Creek State Forest
Valley Forge Chester 812 acres (329 ha) January 1935 August 2007, renamed William Penn State Forest
Lackawanna Lackawanna 44,743 acres (18,107 ha) August 2015, renamed Pinchot State Forest
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