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October 17, 2017

This is my final message to you as PFA President. It’s been a very fast paced two-year President’s term with lots of positive forward movement for our association.

PA Forest Stewards Class of 2017, joined by PAFS alumni, get out into the woods to learn about the many aspects of timber harvesting from a team of forest resource professionals during Basic Training.
October 17, 2017

On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in September, the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards (PAFS) Class of 2017 took to the woods to learn — by doing — about sustainable timber harvesting.

October 17, 2017

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.

September 28, 2017

If we try to ensure that our woods, or the landscape in which our woods occurs, have many different species of trees that are native to where we live, and if we have healthy, young and older trees of those species, the broader forest ecosystem retains its ability to function well and to potentially recover faster from whatever pest, disease, weather extreme, or other stressor may come along next.

September 14, 2017

Keys to keeping land in the family — reaching consensus, diversifying revenue

September 14, 2017

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.

August 30, 2017

From where does the next forest come? While seeds play a role in starting the next forest, either re-occupying a site, or spreading beyond their current boundaries, trees have multiple strategies to ensure their continuity through offspring.

August 18, 2017

This Habitat Hero story is by the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, one of NRCS’ conservation partners working to help private landowners adopt conservation measures that benefit forestry and agricultural operations while helping birds and other wildlife species.

July 25, 2017

As long as light and other resources are available to invasive plants, they will continue to out-compete native plants and spread. What can landowners do to control these invaders?

Fruits of the Bush Honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.)  Photo by Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org
July 14, 2017

During the summer months, we see a number of shrubs with beautiful fragrant flowers, that attract bees and other pollinators, and whose berries often attract a diversity of birds and other wildlife. Unfortunately, some of those shrubs are non-native and invasive, and although they may seem attractive, they can actually be quite detrimental.

July 14, 2017

PA Tree Farm summer updates and upcoming events

July 14, 2017

PFA summer updates and increasing the use of social media

July 14, 2017

Project Learning Tree to transfer from the American Forest Foundation to Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.

July 14, 2017

A statewide effort to build appreciation for forests, the people who own them, and the importance of tending them, the Walk in Penn’s Woods is a day with organized woods walks in each Pennsylvania county. Anticipated to become an annual event on the first Sunday in October, this inaugural Walk in Penn’s Woods day happens October 1, 2017.

July 14, 2017

Invasive plants are the scourge of many woodland owners. Trying to identify the pesky plants, knowing your control options, and keeping up on the latest invaders can be daunting.

June 26, 2017

Land is one of those things we “own” that will extend beyond us. We can use it carefully and, in the process, pass forward nearly all of its value. Alternatively, we can abuse land and the resources it provides and leave those who come after us with something of little value.

June 12, 2017

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) has caused significant damage to eastern hemlock, Tsuga Canadensis, in ornamental plantings and forests across much of Pennsylvania. However, many trees are still surviving and in need of treatment.

June 12, 2017

Recent media reports have suggested that tick populations in Pennsylvania may be particularly high this year, leading to an increased risk of Lyme disease in the state.

June 12, 2017

A rare, potentially deadly tick-borne disease has been identified in Pennsylvania. Here's what to look for.