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

Thinning Forests to Save the Birds
May 17, 2018
In this video, you will meet John Hoover and Mike and Laura Jackson, Pennsylvania landowners who are using targeted cuts to manage for diverse forests on their properties. Healthy forests, just like healthy human populations, are sustained by a diversity of ages. Each group has a role to play in maintaining the whole community over the long term. But forests are becoming homogenous especially in the East, and diverse forests are on the decline. The loss of diverse forests negatively impacts on many different wildlife species, including the golden-winged warbler and cerulean warbler.
"Learn Now" video on identifying Tree-of-Heaven and some native lookalikes.
May 17, 2018
Penn State Extension has released a new "Learn Now" video to assist in the identification of Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus). With recent efforts to combat the spread of spotted lanternfly, this information is very important to ensure landowners are removing the correct trees!
New Fact Sheet on Properly Mulching Trees
May 17, 2018
Spring has finally arrived, landscapers and home gardeners are ready to get out and work in their yards. Some of that work will entail spreading mulch on newly planted and existing trees. Before you do, be sure to read the new fact sheet just released by Penn State Extension’s natural resources educator Dave Jackson, entitled Mulching Landscape Trees.