The Allegheny Defense Project is pleased to announce its newest campaign, Allegheny Forest and River Watch. We’d like to make our
Forest Watch efforts more accessible to our supporters – more accurately, we need your help with our work. In this project, we will train
supporters (you!) in our forest watch techniques. You will learn how to monitor drilling and logging projects, the environmental regulations that (should) guide the implementation of these projects, and how to participate in the formal commenting procedures to get the public interest into the official records.
Your first step to get involved would be to join our Forest Watch Team by signing up HERE. This puts you into a network of dedicated forest activists. Once a part of the team, you will be notified of workshops and trainings on forest watch techniques and public participation in management of public lands. After you have attended one of our trainings/workshops, you can adopt an area of the forest where you will focus your forest watch work. Together we will create a monitoring and action plan for that section of the forest, which you and other volunteers can implement. The ADP will work as the coordinator of these efforts, compiling the data that is gathered and using it to generate public comments and other necessary actions. You will remain informed of the latest news on the ground in the forest, updated by ADP and members of the Forest Watch Team. You will contribute directly to the ADP’s detailed documentation of conditions in the ANF.
As a part of the Forest Watch Team you will also be notified of online actions. These will include sending in Letters to the Editor, letters to State and Federal Representatives, and comment letters as part of the NEPA process. Participation in this sort of action, coupled with on the ground monitoring, will give you legal standing and therefore strengthen ADP’s litigation efforts, which have been very successful in gaining widespread attention for ANF issues. ADP has been working for 16 years as a watchdog of the public lands in Pennsylvania. We want to share our knowledge with you, we need you to become involved, to be educated and trained in techniques that can protect our forests and watersheds. This is an opportunity to build our forest activist community – sign up today!