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, non-governmental organizations, and the public.

Vision

Ensuring the health and vitality of forested landscapes.

Mission

Continuously improve the health and vitality of private forests.

Engage the public, landowners, and natural resources professionals, as a community, to apply sound stewardship practices to care for forest ecosystems.

Cultivate a model for applied excellence in sustaining our forests, drawing upon leading research and the direct experience of forest landowners.

Latest News

April 9, 2021

Spring 2021 Pennsylvania Forest Health Update

Excerpts from the PA DCNR Division of Forest Health's report based on its annual monitoring program for insects, pathogens, weather stress, and other forest health issues, including forecasted issues for the upcoming year.

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April 9, 2021

At the Center: Forest Legacy and Estate Planning

As baby boomers enter their mid-50s to mid-70s, significant acreages of forestland will be changing ownership over the next 10 to 20 years, as they divest or pass assets on to their heirs or beneficiaries. The USDA Forest Service anticipates one-third of the forest landowner population will be making decisions about the future of their forestland in the next five years. With this anticipated surge in the transfer of ownership, timely legal, financial, communication, and conservation tools must be made more accessible and available to forest landowners as they plan the future of their land.

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April 9, 2021

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expanded

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added eight counties to the spotted lanternfly quarantine list ahead of the spring hatch, bringing the total number of counties under quarantine to 34. Cambria, Cameron, Franklin, Lackawanna, Montour, Pike, Wayne, and Westmoreland are new to the quarantine for 2021.

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April 9, 2021

Control Invasive Shrubs in Spring with Basal Bark Herbicide Applications

Basal bark herbicide applications are targeted treatments you can make in spring to effectively control numerous invasive shrub species.

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Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802