James C. Finley Center for Private Forests

The James C. Finley 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, non-governmental organizations, and the public.

Center Vision

A world where stewardship practices sustain healthy and resilient private forests which contribute to the social, ecological, and economic well-being of society.

Center Mission

Working at the intersection of people and forests, the Center advances research-based insights to inspire and cultivate stewardship of private forests.

The James C. Finley Center for Private Forests at Penn State

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While bittersweet, we are pleased to announce that the Center for Private Forests at Penn State has been renamed in honor of its founder. His foundational scholarship on which we built the Center recognized the personal, value-driven relationships that many private landowners have with the forests they own. He worked hard to help forestry and natural resource professionals recognize these relationships to better understand the needs of private forest landowners and help them achieve their stewardship goals. The renaming will inspire the center’s staff, council, volunteers and stakeholders as we work to advance the work of our colleague, mentor and friend.

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Latest News

September 20, 2022

Walk in Penn’s Woods: Gov. Wolf Designates October 2 as a Day to Explore Pennsylvania’s Forests

Did you know that Pennsylvania has a special day where everyone across the state is invited to take a walk through the woods to appreciate the beauty and importance of the commonwealth’s forests?

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September 2, 2022

The James C. Finley Center for Private Forests at Penn State

In April of this year, Penn State renamed the Center for Private Forests in honor of its founder, Jim Finley. His foundational scholarship on which we built the Center recognized the personal, value-driven relationships that many private landowners have with the forests they own. He worked hard to help forestry and natural resource professionals recognize these relationships to better understand the needs of private forest landowners and help them achieve their stewardship goals. The renaming inspires the center’s staff, council, volunteers and stakeholders as we work to advance the work of our colleague, mentor and friend.

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September 2, 2022

Connecting with a Missing Voice in Conservation: The Next Generation

Check out how Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is working to engage with young people to bring a new perspective to their work.

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September 2, 2022

Dealing with Spotted Lanternflies? Here Are Some Resources to Help

We have heard stories of the spread of the spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania, along the Northeast, and into the Midwest. We’ve even been told of these pests buzzing fans at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park! And we’re hearing reports of decline in some places where they invaded five or six years ago. No matter where you live in Pennsylvania, you will most likely encounter the spotted lanternfly at some point. As we enter the adult/egg laying phase of their life cycle, here are some resources to help you identify and manage these invaders.

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James C. Finley Center for Private Forests

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416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802