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17 Pa. Code § 17.4. Administration/operation of Natural Areas.

§ 17.4. Administration/operation of Natural Areas.

 (a)  Natural Areas will be left undisturbed with natural succession allowed to occur. Artificial regeneration will not be permitted. Resource management practices will not take place except as required for public safety and when activities or events threaten the natural values of the area. An uneven-age management buffer will be maintained around the Natural Area where possible.

 (b)  Control measures will be considered if the feature for which the area was designated is in jeopardy. Insect and disease control will be determined on an individual case basis. Fire control will be permitted and will follow normal Bureau of Forestry operating procedures. Aerial spraying of herbicides to maintain rights-of-way within and bordering Natural Areas will not be permitted. Vegetation on these rights-of-way may be cut and controlled by direct spray application to cut stems.

 (c)  Only activities congruous with the natural resources will be permitted. Human habitation or overnight camping will not be allowed. Written permission from the State Park Director will be required to conduct research or other similar activities. Activities may be prohibited during certain periods during the year if necessary to protect a sensitive natural resource. Access for all but essential administrative activities is restricted to foot travel and nonmotorized watercraft.

 (d)  Buildings and other improvements will be restricted to the minimum required for public health, safety and interpretive aids and shall be provided only when it will facilitate the appreciation of the unique resource. The development shall be compatible with the protection needs and management strategies for the resource.

 (e)  Mineral leases and development will be prohibited. New rights-of-way will also be prohibited.

 (f)  Signs may be erected at access points and where needed along roads bordering Natural Areas. Information should include the name of the Natural Area, why the area is so set aside and special restrictions which might apply.

 (g)  Management activities planned on Natural Areas will require prior written approval of the State Park Director.


   The provisions of this §  17.4 adopted August 20, 1993, effective August 21, 1993, 23 Pa.B. 3943.

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