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Lackawanna State Forest
Pennsylvania State Forest
Managed Resource Protected Area (IUCN VI)
Looking southwest from Pine Hill, Lackawanna State Forest, Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
Counties Luzerne, Lackawanna
 - coordinates 41°34′10″N 75°42′30″W / 41.56944°N 75.70833°W / 41.56944; -75.70833Coordinates: 41°34′10″N 75°42′30″W / 41.56944°N 75.70833°W / 41.56944; -75.70833
 - elevation 2,265 ft (690.4 m)
Area 8,115 acres (3,284 ha)
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Nearest city Scranton, Pennsylvania
Location of Lackawanna State Forest in Pennsylvania
Location of Lackawanna State Forest in Pennsylvania
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 two tracts in Lackawanna and northern Luzerne counties. Their total area is 8,115 acres (3,284 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 1800s. 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.[1] 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.[1]

Neighboring state forest districts

The U.S. states of New York and New Jersey are to the north and east, respectively

Nearby state parks




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