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

New Year’s Resolution: Creating a Tree and Plant Life List for Your Woods
December 15, 2017
Create a tree and plant life list for your woods - a way for landowners to understand what they have on their land, and perhaps to track change.
The left panel represents the forest during the growing season. Extended leaf phenology (ELP) becomes apparent at the extreme ends of the growing season (early spring and late fall) when most other species have lost their foliage, as depicted on the right
Solving the Case of the “Shady Invaders”
December 14, 2017
If you spend time outside in Pennsylvania, you’ve probably seen shrubs creeping into eastern deciduous forest stands. You may have also noticed that these invasive shrubs, such as honeysuckles, Japanese barberry, and burning bush tend to be green much longer than native shrubs in the understory.
Threatened by a Thousand Cuts
December 14, 2017
Pennsylvania’s vast forestlands are imperiled as their aging private owners divide and sell.