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

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!
Tree-of-heaven is an invasive plant and preferred host for the spotted lanternfly. (Photo by Biogstock.)
Controlling the Invasive Tree-of-Heaven
July 12, 2019
Ailanthus altissima, commonly referred to as tree-of-heaven, is a rapidly growing deciduous tree native to northeast and central China, as well as Taiwan. It was first introduced into the United States in the late 1700s. Initially, it was valued as an urban street tree and was widely planted in the mid-Atlantic region. From there, tree-of-heaven has spread across the nation and become a common invasive weed in urban, agricultural, and forested areas.
Pennsylvania Tree Farm: Community Update
July 12, 2019
The Pennsylvania Tree Farm (PATF) Committee has been working to add value for members of the PA Tree Farm community.