This is an area of extensive northern hardwood-hemlock forest on the eastern part of the mountainous high plateau section of the Allegheny Plateau. Much of the forest is on the highland plateau with relatively flat terrain dissected by narrow stream valleys. The most notable stream is Loyalsock Creek. The Kettle Creek Gorge area contains large specimens of Tulip Poplar, Black Cherry, and American Beech. Most of Wyoming State Fortest is covered by second-growth Beech, Red Maple, Black Cherry, Yellow Birch, White Ash and Eastern Hemlock. At the headwaters of streams there are northern conifer swamps and peatlands (mostly hemlock), and shrub-scrub wetlands with high densities of songbirds that are rare elsewhere in the state. (Wyoming State Forest 717-387-4255, World's End State Park 717-924-3287).
Directions: From Hughesville, follow Rt. 220 N to Muncy Valley. Turn N onto Rt. 42, then N onto SR 3009.
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This IBA was merged into the Loyalsock- North Mountain Forest Block IBA in 2013.
Much of Wyoming State Forest is relatively mature with little forest edge.The forested peatlands have high densities of some rare birds. BBS data and SAP trips show high densities of forest-interior area-sensitive birds like the Black-throated Green Warbler and Blackburnian Warbler as compared to the whole region. Other species found here include: Barred Owl, Common Merganser, Ruffed Grouse, Brown Creeper, Least Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager, Canada, Nashville, and Yellow-rumped warblers, Northern Waterthrush, White-throated Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, etc.
Natural pests and disease, recreational development/overuse are potential threats to the site. Insects and disease could have a serious impact on riparian areas along Loyalsock and Kettle Creek drainage areas. Elm Spanworm and Wooly Adelgid are also present in the area.
Forestry practices have minimized disturbance of hemlock swamps by providing a buffer zone around forested peatlands.