Center for Private Forests

The Center for Private Forests focuses on applied research, education and outreach to students, forest landowners, the forest-products industry, loggers, conservation districts, agencies, land trusts, nongovernmental organizations and the public.


The Center for Private Forests is a community committed to the stewardship of Pennsylvania's forested landscape. We bring people together to share knowledge and experience to care for trees, woods, water and wildlife. Our large network of volunteers and professionals work together to promote best practices in forest and habitat management, helping people regardless of their level of knowledge or acreage owned. The Center combines the benefits of both applied academic research and direct, local experience throughout Pennsylvania.

Center for Private Forests News

Native maple-leaf viburnum with red fall foliage adjacent to invasive privet, still green.
The Novel Shade of Invasive Shrubs
March 14, 2018
Help researchers understand the impact of shading from invasive shrubs on native plants through citizen science!
Recommended Forestry Best Management Practices Related to Spotted Lanternfly
March 14, 2018
Spotted Lanternfly is a rapidly spreading threat to Pennsylvania's forest and agricultural communities. Recently the PA Department of Agriculture's Hardwoods Development Council created a series of Spotted Lanternfly Best Management Practices to encourage diligence in preventing further spread of the pest. This Central Pennsylvania Forestry blog post excerpts some of the most relevant information for forest landowners, foresters, and loggers. You can also find upcoming workshops and other news articles by searching the Penn State Extension website ( for spotted lanternfly.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – March 2018
March 14, 2018
Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.