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Pennsylvania Forestry Association News

Posted: April 17, 2014

An update from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association

The PFA Board of Directors met at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport for the first quarter meeting of 2014, just before our annual Conservation Dinner Fundraiser. The Board welcomed Dave Jackson from Penn State Extension as a new Public sector member. PFA had a presence at the PA Farm Show and I want to thank all who staffed the booth for a successful week. Linda Finley, Past President (1995-1997; 2006-2009) agreed to have her name submitted from PFA to the National Woodland Owners Association (NWOA) as a Mid-Atlantic state’s nominee to the NWOA Board of Directors. Thanks Linda!

PFA lost another great friend in Lloyd Casey since my last article. Lloyd was a friend and a retired USDA Forest Service Forester who, after retirement, owned Casey Forestry Concepts as a consultant, where he specialized in woodland owner tax analysis. He was PFA president from 2002-2004 and supported PFA his whole career. We are working on a memorial for Lloyd, so more details will come at a later date.

We approved an “elevator speech” that the Outreach Committee created. It will be used by board and members to promote PFA when the opportunity arises for recruitment. Other Outreach Committee activities included launching a Save the Ash Trees in PA (spawned by the emerald ash borer infestations in the state); South Mountain Partnership (a Speaker Series Forum at Penn State Mont Alto – the first was held March 27 on the Rothrock Legacy); and a new display for promotional events. Grants are being pursued to fund some of these initiatives and things are looking pretty good.

The Conservation Dinner was a fun event with a live auction, silent auction, chainsaw ticket sales, and a great meal. To make a long story short, Greg Schrum was the last ticket drawn to win the $10,000. Congratulations Greg! Make plans to attend next year on March 7, 2015. It’s a really good time.

Our website continues development and a login site for the board and committee members use is on the horizon. There are a lot of good people doing a lot of good things for PFA. Grow the group - become a member.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Forestry Association or becoming a member, contact the main office at 800-835-8065 or email info@paforestry.org.

By Robb Piper, PFA President