Near Brookville in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Clearcuts & Conservation
Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
Today the forests of Western Pennsylvania are known for vast acres of black cherry, maple and other hardwoods. However, the makeup of the forest was not always this way. In the 18th century, eastern hemlock, American beech, white pine and oak trees dominated the woodlands.
Early in the 19th century the pine forests became a valuable lumber source for the growing towns and cities. Sawmills sprang up along nearly every tributary in Jefferson County. Lumber was harvested on a grand scale to be rafted down the Redbank Creek and Allegheny River to market. By the beginnings of the 20th century the forests were decimated and only a few pockets of old-growth timber remained.
Thanks to modern conservation efforts the forest has recovered, and is now managed with a concept of sustainability through selective cutting that provides a higher quality of timber, a more secure watershed and optimal wildlife habitat, all of which provide opportunities for public recreation.
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Workers at Port Barnett Mill.
Humphrey Saw Mill at Port Barnett taken in the 1880's. All
Erected by Jefferson County History Center, North Fork Ch 29 PA Archaeology, PA Lumber Heritage Region, and Jeff Co Motel Tax Cmte.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 41° 9.67′ N, 79° 3.026′ W. Marker is near Brookville, Pennsylvania, in Jefferson County. Marker is along the trail leading from the Scripture Rocks Heritage Park parking area toward the rocks (Geocoords are for the start of the trail; stay on the well-marked trail). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 560 PA Rt 28, Brookville PA 15825, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to the Scripture Rocks Heritage Park (here, next to this marker); Birds (here, next to this marker); Park Geology (here, next to this marker); Veil-Lifting (here, next to this marker); House on the Rock (here, next to this marker); Mary Gilbert (here, next to this marker); The Writing on the Wall (here, next to this marker); Courage Rock (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookville.
Also see . . . Pennsylvanians and the Environment Chapter One: Penn's Woods(Submitted on April 9, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 9, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.