125 Years of Legacy
In 2018, the state parks and forests both celebrate a significant milestone. A bill signed in 1893 formed the PA Forestry Commission, tasked with the control of forest fires and to establish a forest reserve system. The system began with the purchase of 7,500 acres in Clinton County to be used to “furnish timber, protect the water supply of Young Woman’s Creek, and provide recreation for citizens.”
Our first state park, Valley Forge, also established in 1893, recognized the importance of putting aside places of cultural and natural significance for the benefit of all; a recognition that we truly do live in a commonwealth.