Michaux named Forest of the Year

Michaux named Forest of the Year

There are 22 comments on the Public Opinion story from May 5, 2010, titled Michaux named Forest of the Year. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Michaux State Forest on Tuesday was named Forest of the Year by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation.

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outdoorsman101

Wooster, OH

#1 May 5, 2010
I'm glad Michaux offers camping, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and snowmobiling because there sure isn't much game around. There maybe 130 miles of state forest road, but on any given day you can ride around all day and not even see one deer or a deer track for that matter.
Homer

Darby, PA

#2 May 5, 2010
outdoorsman101 wrote:
I'm glad Michaux offers camping, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and snowmobiling because there sure isn't much game around. There maybe 130 miles of state forest road, but on any given day you can ride around all day and not even see one deer or a deer track for that matter.
I think the idea of hunting is getting out of your truck and walking in the woods.
anon

Aspers, PA

#3 May 5, 2010
There are also 40 miles of ATV trail and fishing.
outdoorsman101

Wooster, OH

#4 May 5, 2010
Homer wrote:
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I think the idea of hunting is getting out of your truck and walking in the woods.
Who said anything about hunting? Its just sad that you can't go for a ride through the mountain with your kids/friends/family and see some deer along the way. When I do hunt I do walk into the woods, but its hard to walk far in the Michaux woods without running into another road. I would love to see 1/2 of the roads closed off to allow the game #s to increase.
shorts

Spring Grove, PA

#5 May 5, 2010
There are also numerous hiking and biking trails and lakes that most of the people from Chambersburg don't even know about. I would say it is the best kept secret for this area.
Shelter Mouse

Wooster, OH

#6 May 5, 2010
Michaux Forest is a great place for recreation and deserves this award on that basis. If this were an award for PA game lands I am sure it would fail, as most of the states forest.

I am an avid cyclist and runner who holds this forest in high regard. I have to agree that wild life such as deer are quite scarce in the state and national forests of PA, but that is a Fish & Game shortcoming.

Forest harvesting seems to be increasing though presumably due to insect pest damaged. I think the logging companies need to be more involved in the environmental impact of their trade and practices. I see much of the forest scared by some of these practices.
CCal

Carlisle, PA

#7 May 5, 2010
I am in the Michaux all of the time. I mountain bike and hike and walk my dogs and am thankful it's so close. That being said, I'm concerned about some of the people I meet in the mountains. I've never been as concerned about safety has I've become in the past year or so. I hope the state budget will allow more patrols along the mountain roads in the future.

As for Caledonia, I'm just disappointed. They keep putting down more and more stone on the paths (paths that would look great with wood chips instead) but they take no steps to prevent those paths from washing out when we get any amount of rain. How about taking some of the money you spent over the winter removing trees from the campground and trails and clear areas of the creek that create the clogs? Until that is done, you will keep wasting money and man hours repairing the park.
mountain biker

Fairless Hills, PA

#8 May 5, 2010
I agree with Shelter Mouse, I bike in Michaux and all the logging has made many areas look like a war zone. I don't believe the loggers care how they leave the mountain. They harvest what the want and leave a mess. I assume it's part of forestry management. I see many young trees snapped in half or scarred. The State blames deer for killing the young trees, but like other postings have stated, not much deer around these parts. Sad but true. I do love Michaux mountains.
mahala

Shippensburg, PA

#9 May 5, 2010
the michaux is why I don't want to leave the area. as a cyclist/runner i love that so few people get out there and so it is left to me to enjoy! and the deer don't want to see you either...39
Whatisnext

Shippensburg, PA

#10 May 5, 2010
outdoorsman101 wrote:
I'm glad Michaux offers camping, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and snowmobiling because there sure isn't much game around. There maybe 130 miles of state forest road, but on any given day you can ride around all day and not even see one deer or a deer track for that matter.
Yea and it gives the kids or other idiots a place to damage other people private property such as their cabins that are leased. Also a great place for wild alcohol and drug parties too. Not as many now as a few years back.
JEB

Chambersburg, PA

#11 May 5, 2010
Whatisnext wrote:
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Yea and it gives the kids or other idiots a place to damage other people private property such as their cabins that are leased. Also a great place for wild alcohol and drug parties too. Not as many now as a few years back.
Your always going to have some idiots, but I've had a cabin on State Forest ground for 30 years and have seen very little damage. Now the porky pines are another matter. They love T-111 siding!
fake id

New Bloomfield, PA

#12 May 5, 2010
CCal wrote:
I am in the Michaux all of the time. I mountain bike and hike and walk my dogs and am thankful it's so close. That being said, I'm concerned about some of the people I meet in the mountains. I've never been as concerned about safety has I've become in the past year or so. I hope the state budget will allow more patrols along the mountain roads in the future.
As for Caledonia, I'm just disappointed. They keep putting down more and more stone on the paths (paths that would look great with wood chips instead) but they take no steps to prevent those paths from washing out when we get any amount of rain. How about taking some of the money you spent over the winter removing trees from the campground and trails and clear areas of the creek that create the clogs? Until that is done, you will keep wasting money and man hours repairing the park.
I totally agree with you. About 3 years ago, you could head to the Michaux and actaully have some piece and quiet without the ATV's racing in closed areas, the beer bottle litter was less. Things seemed more in order and it felt like you could actually park your vehicle to take a hike without worrying about having your vehicle smashed. Now, it has a totally different atmosphere - it seems the ATV tearing up, litter, graffitti, and unpleasant atmosphere is coming back.
Own worst enemy

York, PA

#13 May 5, 2010
MORE PEOPLE = more noise, more trail bikes, more snowmobiles, more hikers, more ATV's, more trash, more graffiti...driving deer away from you idiots. They are standing back there lookin' at you, not trotting along the roads as they once were. Get back into the real deep forest sometime. Bitch, bitch, bitch! Bet you would even complain if you were invited to one of those "free beer parties" in the woods!
Jelsey

Frederick, MD

#14 May 6, 2010
I actually live within Michaux and see deer almost every day on my way down the mountain to work.

In the past 2 years I've had bear, coyote and deer in my yard, and that's not unusual in my community.

Travelling "thru" Michaux may not afford one the opportunity to see the wildlife, and when you're biking/hiking/trailing thru the woods, the wildlife see you BEFORE you see them, and it's natural for them to hide.

Are you aware that elk were release in Michaux about 15 or so years ago? We're pretty sure we saw one cross the road a few years ago, but have seen no trace of them since.

The critters ARE there, althought I do agree their numbers are dwindling, in part due to the fact that humans are enjoying the area more now than in years past.

It IS a beautiful area. Those not familar with the area should really check it out, even if it's just packing a picnic lunch and sitting in the moss and ferns beside a little stream.

It's hard NOT to enjoy!
shorts

Spring Grove, PA

#15 May 6, 2010
HALF the roads in Michaux closed to increase game? How on earth would the hunters ever make it to the woods to hunt, if the roads weren't 10 feet from "them there" tree stands?
outdoorsman101 wrote:
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Who said anything about hunting? Its just sad that you can't go for a ride through the mountain with your kids/friends/family and see some deer along the way. When I do hunt I do walk into the woods, but its hard to walk far in the Michaux woods without running into another road. I would love to see 1/2 of the roads closed off to allow the game #s to increase.
Publius Novus

Pasadena, MD

#16 May 10, 2010
I did 18 miles on the AT through Michaux S.F. three weeks ago. Absolutely beautiful. We walked through a "tunnel" of rhododendron, over rocky paths, and on pine-needle cushioned trails. We crossed one paved road to my recollection. We passed a lot of through hikers, but now that I think about it, we didn't see any deer. I think all the deer moved to my subdivision.
Eric Cartman

Spring Grove, PA

#17 May 10, 2010
And accepting this award for Michaux State Forrest is Kevin Costner..........
squito

Rockville, MD

#18 Nov 26, 2013
are ther any cabins not leased from state?
THETRUTH

Alexander, ND

#19 Jan 5, 2014
Beware very aware driving around tremont... Jonny ( the drunk) Devine is on the loose n on a another drunk driving binge... wont be long till he kills sum1... jeeez no wonder Candy left him... wouldnt want to be tied to a complete EMBARASSMENT !
trucker

Alexander, ND

#20 Feb 22, 2014
johnny devine been drivin drunk around pine grove,pa for 30 years !!!! I can see y Candy left his broke ass !!!

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