The Allegheny National Forest is one of the most mis-managed national forests in the United States. The Forest Service manages much of the Allegheny for the primary purpose of promoting the commercially valuable, but naturally rare, black cherry tree. Black cherry is an "early successional" species that would not exist in the proportions it currently does without intensive management, which includes clearcutting, herbicides, fertilizing, and fencing. The Forest Service has also ignored oil and gas development, failing to recognize or analyze its impact on the the public's surface resources for 30 years.
Oil and Gas Drilling
Allegheny Wild! A Citizen Vision For the Allegheny National Forest, defines a balance of priorities, values, and uses. This publically supported vision phases out industrial practices such as clearcutting and oil & gas drilling.