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Pennsylvania Forestry Association News

Posted: April 13, 2015

April 2015 Update from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association

The annual conservation dinner held March 7 at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport was a resounding success. Short story is that John Laskowski was the $10,000 winner. John was the 2014 Joseph T. Rothrock Award winner and is a great supporter of PFA, so this was well deserved. The long story is that the dinner planning committee worked many hours to prepare and make this annual event a fun time for all who attended. From the morning board meeting, through the silent auction and delicious meal, there was constant work to make it all happen without much fuss. They made it look easy.

Our Outreach Committee has a mountain day hike scheduled to the Pulpit Rock, a place visited and made famous by Joseph T. Rothrock and his hound. Many of you have seen the archived picture of this secluded area of South Mountain just east of Mont Alto State Park. Save the date for April 17th and call the office if you want to join us.

Unfortunately PFA and Pennsylvania recently lost a true friend of the forest. James Stiehler lost his battle with cancer in December. He faithfully chaired our PFA Communications Committee which produces the Pennsylvania Forests magazine. He was a great forester all his career. I knew him from our days at Penn State where he graduated a year ahead of me. We have lost a friend and he will be remembered by us all.

I want to say how pleased we are with our new administrator Versant Strategies. Versant Strategies arranged for PFA to participate in the annual Farm Show reception where we had the opportunity to share information about the importance of our forests. They also arranged for me to do a radio interview where I introduced PFA and its work through a network covering stations in NE Pennsylvania. PFA always has a booth at the Farm Show, which provides us the opportunity to meet old friends and members and to share our story with others who care about forest. If you have never staffed the PFA Farm Show booth, consider volunteering next year.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Forestry Association or about becoming a member, visit the website or call 800-835-8065.

By Robb Piper, President, Pennsylvania Forestry Association