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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.

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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

Webinar series offered on using herbicides to manage unwanted forest vegetation
December 14, 2018
Out of necessity, forest landowners and resource managers are increasingly turning to herbicides to manage undesirable vegetation. The “Herbicides and Forest Vegetation Management Webinar Series” will teach participants how to use herbicides safely and effectively to manage problem vegetation through a series of three one hour “live” online lectures that can be viewed from the convenience of your home or work computer. Sessions run for three weeks on Wednesdays, January 2, 9, and 16, 2019 from 2:00-3:00 PM. All lectures will be recorded and can be viewed later if “live” sessions are missed. The series is brought to you by Penn State Extension and Arborchem Products. Please register by December 28, 2018.
2018 Tax Tips Bulletin Available
December 14, 2018
Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, has finalized Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2018 Tax Year. The Federal income tax provisions that apply to timber have changed for the 2018 tax year from the December 2017 new tax legislation. To help family timber owners, foresters, and their tax preparers in filing their 2018 tax returns, this bulletin provides income tax guidance that is current as of September 30, 2018.
Timber and Taxes: Income Tax Deduction on Timber and Landscape Tree Loss from Casualty
December 14, 2018
Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, shares information about Income Tax Deduction on Timber and Landscape Tree Loss from Casualty. This article provides guidelines for tax deduction issues, including the new tax law changes affecting the 2018 tax year. According to Dr. Wang, timber or landscape trees destroyed by hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, ice and hail storms, tornadoes, and other storms are "casualty losses" that may allow you as a property owner to take a deduction on your Federal income tax return. The key for most cases is to figure out the "adjusted basis" of the timber.