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Press Releases

April 6, 2016 -- Volunteer Work Weekend in Minister Creek Area

February 13, 2016 -- Bobnar Joins Friends of Allegheny Wilderness Board of Directors

August 28, 2015 -- Volunteers Needed for Ash Seed Collection

August 17, 2015 -- Battle of Thompson's Island Public Meetings September 8th and 9th

May 26, 2015 -- Emerald Ash Borer Workshop Scheduled for June 18

April 23, 2015 -- Howard Zahniser's 1937 Allegheny River Journal Now Available

December 8, 2014 -- FAW Director Joins North Country Trail Association Board of Directors

March 31, 2014 -- FAW and ANF Team Up at Big Green Screen to Celebrate Wilderness

March 18, 2014 -- Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Monitoring Workshop Offered at University of Pittsburgh-Bradford

December 18, 2013 -- Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Confirmed in the Tionesta Research Natural Area

September 4, 2013 -- Wilderness Act 50th Celebration Countdown Begins

May 30, 2013 -- FAW, ANF, and FCI McKean Team Up to Help Restore the Wild

April 8, 2013 -- Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to Host Trip Down Allegheny River

March 18, 2013 -- Website Launched to Celebrate Wilderness 50th Anniversary

December, 2012 -- Statement of the Elk Township Historical Society on the Citizens' Wilderness Proposal for Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest

April 19, 2012 -- Elk Township Historical Society Endorses Citizens' Wilderness Proposal

July 22, 2011 -- Conservation Groups Decry "Great Outdoors Giveaway" Anti-Wilderness Bill

February 2, 2011 -- FAW backpacking trip into proposed Minister Valley Wilderness in Allegheny National Forest

December 7, 2010 -- Audubon Pennsylvania Joins Coalition to Protect Allegheny National Forest

October 26, 2010 -- Conservationists Laud Tester Bill as Possible Model for Allegheny National Forest

October 11, 2010 -- Obama Administration Throws Support Behind Montana Wilderness Bill

June 9, 2010 -- Clarion Wildlife Society Endorses Citizens' Wilderness Proposal

May 17, 2010 -- Pennsylvania Wilderness Coaltion formed

April 26, 2010 -- Western Pennsylvania Conservancy June sojourn to the Allegheny Islands Wilderness

March 9, 2010 -- Come to the FAW fundraiser at the TREC in Erie March 26!

December 17, 2009 -- FAW supports S. 1470, the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2009

September 25, 2009 -- Walkin' Jim Stoltz in Erie, Saturday, October 3!

September 2, 2009 -- America's Wilderness Turns 45: Conservationists call for more protection

April 6, 2009 -- National Wildlife Federation endorses ANF Citizens' Wilderness Proposal

January 23, 2009 -- Scientists Advocate Pennsylvania Wilderness Protection

October 3, 2008 -- More Than 100 Regional Businesses Endorse Citizens' Wilderness Proposal

July 22, 2008 -- 100th Anniversary of Birth of Conservative Wilderness Advocate Recognized

April 22, 2008 -- Proposed Allegheny National Forest Wilderness Receives National Spotlight

October 4, 2007 -- Wilderness Designations to Provide Benefits to Local ANF Economy

August 16, 2007 -- FAW Observes Passing of Howard Zahniser Sibling

July 30, 2007 -- Clearwater Conservancy endorses ANF Citizens’ Wilderness Proposal

July 20, 2007 -- Crary Art Gallery to Exhibit Art Inspired by Proposed ANF Wilderness

March 30, 2007 -- Congress, not Forest Service, is Decider on Wilderness

March 27, 2007 -- Pennsylvania Ikes endorse ANF Citizens’ Wilderness Proposal

January 7, 2007 -- WQLN & Friends of Allegheny Wilderness Team Up

November 30, 2006 -- Pennsylvanians Favor Citizens' Wilderness Proposal Over Draft Plan

October 19, 2006 -- Volunteers Needed to Complete Hickory Creek Wilderness Trail

June 15, 2006 -- Article on Proposed Morrison Run Wilderness Area Wins Prestigious Award

May 19, 2006 -- Conservationists Dissapointed With Lack of Wilderness Offered in Allegheny Plan

April 3, 2006 -- Friends of Allegheny Wilderness to present Wilderness Documentary at Clarion University

February 16, 2006 -- Tionesta Native Howard Zahniser to be Celebrated

November 6, 2005 -- Support for Friends of Allegheny Wilderness Continues to Grow

October 28, 2005 -- Tionesta Native Howard Zahniser Subject of New Biography

April 25, 2005 -- Keystone Trails Association Endorses Wilderness Proposal

September 28, 2004 -- Friends of Allegheny Wilderness Travels to Nation’s Capital

October 13, 2003 -- Potential Wilderness System Additions Identified in Commonwealth’s Only National Forest

August 13, 2001 -- Howard Zahniser Historical Marker to be Designated in Tionesta

East Fork Run in the Tionesta Research Natural Area.
Photo by Dean Wells.


 Updated 1/11/13

Below are volunteer opportunities and activities for those interested in being involved in the Friends of Allegheny Wilderness campaign to protect Pennsylvania's wilderness. Please contact FAW for further information about any of these activities, or to suggest others. Thanks for your help and support, and please keep checking back for new activities!

Ongoing -- Hikes within areas of the Allegheny National Forest that FAW has proposed for wilderness designation. Ideally, what each proposed wilderness area needs is a dedicated individual or small group of individuals to "adopt" the area -- explore, study, photograph, and advocate for its protection as wilderness independently of the broader FAW campaign. If you would like to schedule a hike into a potential wilderness, or for information on areas of the Forest you might adopt and advocate wilderness protection for yourself, please contact FAW.

June 22 -- Allegheny Islands Wilderness Big Trees! Join the Native Tree Society (NTS), FAW, and Allegheny Outfitters as we host Ed Frank of the NTS, presenting the findings of his organization's report, "Trees and Forests of the Allegheny River Islands Wilderness and Nearby Islands: Interim Report through December 2011." The presentation will be held at the Allegheny Outfitter's store on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Warren at 6:00 p.m. Contact Friends of Allegheny Wilderness at for more information.

June 16 -- Join the Elk Township Historical Society and FAW for a screening of the one-hour documentary Forever Wild, narrated by Robert Redford. Bonfire at 8:00, the film starts at 9:00. Contact Friends of Allegheny Wilderness at for more information.

September 2010 -- The "Our Town" series began in 1996 with Bradford, Pennsylvania. After 55 episodes in this WPSU series, they have returned for a 2010 glimpse of this picturesque town surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest. Friends of Allegheny Wilderness, the wild & wonderful proposed Chestnut Ridge Wilderness Area, and FAW efforts to preserve wilderness in the Allegheny National Forest in general are one of the profiled stories in the program.

March 2010 -- Friends of Allegheny Wilderness hosted a screening of Forever Wild with Robert Redford at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center on Friday, March 5, 2010. WICU Erie TV-12's popular reporter Amanda Post promoted this event on the Thursday, March 4 five-thirty p.m. news broadcast.

May 2008 -- Erie's WQLN recently interviewed FAW and Sierra Club member Roger Knacke and Kirk Johnson of FAW about the impending trouble for the proposed Chestnut Ridge Wilderness Area. Chestnut Ridge was recently identified as one of ten national Treasures in Trouble by the Campaign for America's Wilderness.

December 2007 -- View the Pittsburgh Tribune Review video showing the proposed Morrison Run Wilderness Area.

July 2007 -- Doug again graced the region's airwaves when he was interviewed for WYEP in Pittsburgh's July 11 "Allegheny Front" radio program. Listen online here!

March 2007 -- Doug Scott, Policy Director for the Campaign for America's Wilderness, and author of The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting our Natural Heritage Through the Wilderness Act, traveled to the Allegheny National Forest region to discuss his book and the outlook for permanently protecting additional Pennsylvania wilderness in 2007. His WBFO interview (Buffalo, NY) ran on the station's "Morning Edition" programming last March

News Archive

The FAW wilderness campaign for the Allegheny National Forest has been extensively covered by local and statewide news media. Below are links to PDF files of a selection of archived articles. (You'll need a pdf reader like Adobe Acrobat to view these.)

  Wilderness staff leaders retreat at Allegheny forest
  November 21, 2019, Oil City Derrick

  Wilderness areas no place for bike trails
  October 11, 2016, The Philadelphia Inquirer

  Tracy Ridge is Wilderness
  October 2, 2016, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  Feds flip-flop on Tracy Ridge wilds area
  August 12, 2016, Pennsylvania Outdoor News

  Keep the Wild in Wilderness
  August 12, 2016, Erie Times News

  North Country Trail gives hikers walk on wild side
  August 7, 2016, Centre Daily Times

  Tracy Ridge prime example of wilderness in east
  June 17, 2016, Warren Times Observer

  Keep our wilderness areas wilderness
  April 9, 2016, Warren Times Observer

  Home of the Wolves
  March 30, 2016, The Forest Press

  FAW offering three hikes for Greenways Summit
  September 18, 2015, Warren Times Observer

  Volunteers on the Hickory Creek Wilderness trail
  September 14, 2015, Warren Times Observer

  Allegheny River and Conewango Creek Cleanup
  September 2, 2015, The Forest Press

  Hickory Creek Wilderness Trail Stewardship
  August 6, 2015, Warren Times Observer

  The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser
  July 29, 2015, The Meadville Tribune

  FAW Allegheny Reservoir Cleanup
  June 14, 2015, Jamestown Post-Journal

  Rare writings of conservation giant published
  May 9, 2015, Warren Times Observer

  Howard Zahniser's 1937 Allegheny River Journal
  May 6, 2015, The Forest Press

  Zahniser Canoe Trip Journal
  April 27, 2015, The Bradford Era

  Friends of Allegheny Wilderness Backpacking
  February 19, 2015, The Bradford Era

  Westover wins FAW photograph
  February 12, 2015, Warren Times Observer

  Battle of Thompson's Island Questions
  February 11, 2015, The Forest Press

  A 236-year-old Mystery
  February 4, 2015, Warren Times Observer

  Saving Hemlocks
  February, 2015, Pennsylvania Game News

  Life, Liberty, and Library
  January 28, 2015, The Forest Press

  The 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
  January-March, 2015, North Star

  In celebrating Wilderness Act, expand legacy
  December 29, 2014, The Philadelphia Inquirer

  FAW director named to NCTA board
  December 15, 2014, Warren Times Observer

  Wilderness Character and Our Projection of Desire
  December 2014, Int'l Journal of Wilderness

  WPC Trail Work With FAW
  Winter, 2014, Conserve Magazine

  Quick Center to host speech
  October 24, 2014, The Bona Venture

  SBU speaker to talk wilderness issues
  October 21, 2014, Olean Times Herald

  Unparalleled nature photography
  September 18, 2014, Erie Times News

  Still Wild 50 Years Later
  September 8, 2014, Erie Times News

  Pennsylvania's link to the Wilderness Act
  September 1, 2014, Harrisburg Patriot News

  FAW Allegheny River cleanup
  August 30, 2014, The Bradford Era

  Major wilderness photo show opens in Warren
  August 30, 2014, Erie Times News

  Call of the Wild
  August 28, 2014, Warren Times Observer

  Wilderness at 50: Reflections on Howard Zahniser
  August 27, 2014, The Forest Press

  Celebrating 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act
  August 7, 2014, Warren Times Observer

  FAW group to scout hemlock-killing pest
  May 31, 2014, The Bradford Era

  FAW works with USFS on conservation projects
  April 3, 2014, Warren Times Observer

  Allegheny Plateau Hemlock Collaboration
  March 18, 2014, The Nature Conservancy

  Wins FAW Art
  February 13, 2014, Warren Times Observer

  Crary, FAW set photo show and contest
  December 30, 2013, Warren Times Observer

  Saving Hemlocks
  December 22, 2013, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  Allegheny Hemlock Conservation Partnership
  November, 2013, The Forestry Source

  Letter: Take a walk in the wild
  September 29, 2013, Erie Times News

  National Wilderness Month deserves consideration
  September 15, 2013, Erie Times News

  HWA Confirmed in Warren County
  August 29, 2013, Warren Times Observer

  Workshop to save hemlocks held at Pitt Bradford
  August 9, 2013, The Bradford Era

  The beauty of Bullis Hollow
  June 20, 2013, Warren Times Observer

  FAW Honors Earth Day
  May 15, 2013, The Forest Press

  Allegheny sojourn will push off June 1
  April 27, 2013, Warren Times Observer

  Hickory Creek stewardship weekend set
  April 11, 2013, Warren Times Observer

  Give a kid memories of trout fishing
  April 7, 2013, Erie Times News

  Wilderness Graffiti
  February 14, 2013, Warren Times Observer

  Allegheny Wilderness is Worth Protecting
  November 25, 2012, Jamestown Post-Journal

  Court upholds Roadless Rule
  October 3, 2012, Warren Times Observer

  Wilderness Expansion is a Good Thing
  September 6, 2012, Jamestown Post-Journal

  FAW in D.C. to Celebrate Wilderness Act History
  August 27, 2012, The Bradford Era

  Stop assault on public land
  August 9, 2012, Scranton Times-Tribune

  Do not give up your 'big backyard'
  August 5, 2012, The Pocono Record

  FAW and the Allegheny National Forest
  Spring 2012, MESsages

  FAW wilderness proposal gaining support
  April 28, 2012, The Bradford Era

  Historical group back wilderness proposal
  April 25, 2012, Warren Times Observer

  Group Works To Protect Forest By Law
  February 26, 2012, Jamestown Post-Journal

  Keep wilderness roadless
  February 9, 2012, Delaware County Daily Times

  Proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness featured
  November 1, 2011, The Bradford Era

  A legacy too precious to destroy
  October 24, 2011, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  Rescind support for legislation
  October 18, 2011, The Bradford Era

  Help stop Great Outdoors Giveaway
  October 2, 2011, West Chester Daily Local

  Rescind support of anti-wilderness bill
  September 19, 2011, Centre Daily Times

  Local groups concerned about Tracy Ridge
  August 1, 2011, The Bradford Era

  Letter: Proposed bill a threat
  July 5, 2011, The Philadelphia Inquirer

  Letter: Bill endangers forests
  June 30, 2011, Butler Eagle

  Wilderness groups join forces
  April 1, 2011, Warren Times Observer

  FAW plans Hickory Creek trail cleanup April 1-3
  March 17, 2011, Warren Times Observer

  Wilderness Stewardship Conference in Las Vegas
  February 24, 2011, The Bradford Era

  On the Trail: Cross-country skiing in ANF
  February 6, 2011, Centre Daily Times

  FAW plans trip into proposed wilderness area
  February 3, 2011, The Bradford Era

  Audubon PA joins coalition to protect ANF
  December 8, 2010, The Bradford Era

  Favorite Hike in PA's ANF: Minister Valley
  July-September, 2010, North Star Magazine

  Concerns in the Allegheny National Forest
  Summer 2010, American Forests

  FAW president explains mission
  July 23, 2010, The Bradford Era

  Wilderness Coalition
  July 14, 2010, Warren Times Observer

  Designate the wilderness
  June 10, 2010, The Buffalo News

  New Wilderness Advocacy Coalition Formed
  May 26, 2010, The Forest Press

  Coalition aims to make part of ANF wilderness
  May 18, 2010, The Bradford Era

  Protecting the Wild
  April 10, 2010, Jamestown Post-Journal

  FAW featured at Ikes' national convention
  Spring 2010, Outdoor America

  'Forever Wild' celebrates America's wilderness
  March 4, 2010, Erie Times News

  FAW announces new board president
  February 17, 2010, The Bradford Era

  Camping in the cold
  Feb. 14, 2010, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  Johnstown's continuing wilderness legacy
  Feb. 11, 2010, Somerset Daily American

  Erie Outing Club president honored
  January 24, 2010, Erie Times News

  Wilderness acts mark birthdays
  November 13, 2009, Erie Times News

  FAW, ANF highlighted in new book
  October 13, 2009, The Bradford Era

  Wild and wonderful
  Sept. 3, 2009, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  The flatlander and the backhoe
  August 30, 2009, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  Through the woods in new book
  July 13, 2009, Olean Times Herald

  FAW highlighted in America's Wilderness
  Summer, 2009, The Wilderness Society

  Bill Meadows: PA deserves protetion
  April 22, 2009, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  NWF backs expansion of wilderness
  April 7, 2009, The Bradford Era

  Preserve more wilderness
  February 15, 2009, The Buffalo News

  Allegheny gets push for wilderness
  January 26, 2009, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

  Songbirds cry out for wilderness
  January 15, 2009, Erie Times-News

  Slice of wilderness
  October 25, 2008, Harrisburg Patriot News

  FAW solicits business backing
  October 13, 2008, Warren Times Observer

  National forest trail is a gem
  October 12, 2008, Centre Daily Times

  Backyard wilderness
  August 9, 2008, Warrren Times Observer

  Chestnut Ridge listed as endangered land
  April 26, 2008, Warren Times Observer

  Ten Treasures in Trouble
  April, 2008, Campaign for America's Wilderness

  Here's an opportunity for state's U.S. forest
  February 21, 2008, Patriot News

  Wild at Heart
  December 16, 2007, Tribune-Review

  Full text of 12/16/07 Wild at Heart article

  More wilderness, more jobs, says advocates' study
  October 5, 2007, Warren Times Observer

  ANF Wilderness: Economic Benefits for Penna.
  The Wilderness Society, September, 2007

  A 'Wilderness Hero'
  May 8, 2007, The Titusville Herald

  Saving a forest
  April 29, 2007, Harrisburg Patriot News

  Despite debate, Tracy Ridge still wild
  April 7, 2007, Erie Times-News

  Preserve more wilderness
  April 6, 2007, The Buffalo News

  Allegheny needs wilderness areas
  February 6, 2007, Erie Times-News

  Keep it real: Allegheny National deserves more
  January 30, 2007, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  Wild Allegheny
  January 21, 2007, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  Allegheny needs more protection
  Erie Times News, October 3, 2006

  Allegheny National Forest: Let More Grow Wild
  September 30, 2006, Philadelphia Inquirer

  Revise Forest plan to protect state's wilderness
  August 3, 2006, Harrisburg Patriot News

  Local author recieves award
  June 21, 2006, Warren Times Observer

  Forest law intent frustrated by ruling
  May 14, 2006, Harrisburg Patriot News

  Pennsylvanian made Wilderness Act happen
  February 24, 2006, Erie Times News

  Father of Wilderness Act to be honored
  February 23, 2006, Warren Times Observer

  Embrace all needs in new forest plan
  December 19, 2005, The Meadville Tribune

  Additional groups endorse ANF citizen proposal
  November 17, 2005, The Bradford Era

  Tionesta native subject of new biography
  November 4, 2005, The Titusville Herald

  Forest folly
  Sept. 28, 2005, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  Planners rule out forest roadless areas
  September 13, 2005, Erie Times-News

  Bureaucrats 1, Nature 0
  July 28, 2005, The Buffalo News

  The Allegheny Wilderness
  July, 2005, Pennsylvania Game News

  FAW raps buffer zone directive
  June 15, 2005, Warren Times Observer

  Letter to editor from PA Trout Unlimited
  May 25, 2005, The Forest Press

  Winter brings beauty, challenges to Morrison Run
  March 4, 2005, Warren Times Observer

  Balance requires intelligent, bipartisan decisions
  February 25, 2005, Erie Times-News

  A wondrous act of man
  September 6, 2004, Philadelphia Inquirer

  Gaining wilderness designation slow process
  August 27, 2004, Warren Times Observer

  Wilderness program manager to appear in forum
  August 25, 2004, The Bradford Era

  FAW canoe trip to mark 40th anniversary
  August 20, 2004, Warren Times Observer

  Escape To: Tracy Ridge
  August 1, 2004, Erie Times-News

  Great Swamp Wilderness Report
  February, 2004, CAW

  Allegheny group working to save wilderness
  January 25, 2004, The Buffalo News

  Our Opinion: ADP Complaint Marginal
  August 27, 2003, Warren Times Observer

  A Forest Partnership
  July 7, 2003, Warren Times Observer

  Wilderness areas proposed for Elk County
  June 3, 2003, St. Marys Daily Press

  Group Wants More Land Designated as Wilderness
  March 14, 2003, The Bradford Era

  It's possible to favor logging and wilderness
  January 2, 2003, Warren Times Observer

  Forest's future
  December 12, 2002, Patriot News

  Honoring a Wilderness Vision
  Summer 2002, Wild Earth

  Our opinion: Merit in wilderness
  Feb. 19, 2002, Warren Times Observer

  Green vs. green
  Dec. 27, 2001, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  Group wants to turn clock back on parts of forest
  October 15, 2001, Erie Times-News

  Architect of wilderness
  August 12, 2001, Harrisburg Patriot News

  Historical Marker being dedicated
  August 7, 2001, The Titusville Herald

  Champion of American Wilderness
  April 18, 2001, The Forest Press

  We have to offer more
  April 10, 2001, Warren Times Observer

  Zahniser letter
  March 28, 2001, The Forest Press

  Canandaigua Treaty event draws 5,000
  Nov. 13, 1994, Canandaigua Daily Messenger

  Tionesta RNA Oil, Gas, Mineral Rights Acquired
  April, 1988, Conserve Magazine

  Hickory Creek Designated
  January, 1985, Conserve Magazine

  Reagan signs law for Pa. wilderness area
  October 31, 1984, The Bradford Era

  Allegheny Wilderness Bill Signed
  October 31, 1984, Warren Times Observer

  Allegheny Forest Spared By Carter
  April 18, 1979, Washington Observer Reporter

  Tracy Ridge Wilderness Wins Carter's Support
  April 17, 1979, Warren Times Observer

  Johnson Says ANF Land Out of Wilderness Bill
  October 22, 1974, Warren Times Observer

  Tracy Ridge Wilderness Study
  February 1, 1973, Pennsylvania Sierra Club

  Howard Zahniser's New York Times Obituary
  May 5, 1964, New York Times

Large woody debris in the Tionesta Scenic Area as a result of a tornado that swept the region in May of 1985. Photo by Scott MacDonald.

Philipsburg Run, proposed Clarion River Wilderness Area. Photo by Bob Stoudt.

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