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

University of Maryland Extension's Online Woods in Your Backyard Course
August 19, 2019
Registration is now open for the Fall session of "The Woods in Your Backyard" online course.
Out of Place: This Summer’s Pine Decline and Mortality
July 31, 2019
In recent years, eastern white pine has been experiencing dramatic health decline, with increasing cases of twig and canopy dieback, premature browning and shedding of needles, and even death.
In the Know: Resources for Forest Landowners
July 12, 2019
Take time to explore the websites and social pages of the organizations below to learn more about caring for your woods!