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

Eating and Hoarding—How Do Animals Influence Woodland Regeneration?
October 30, 2018
Unlike many understory plants whose small seeds can adhere to fur or feathers and be passively dispersed that way, trees typically have larger seeds, which animals disperse through frugivory or scatter hoarding.
Images from walks around the state (Photos by Barb Sellers, Matt Sampson, Mike Manes, and Henry Williams)
2018 Walk in Penn's Woods a Resounding Success!
October 17, 2018
People all across the state came out to explore and celebrate the benefits, resources, and wonders that Pennsylvania’s forests provide us during the second annual Walk in Penn’s Woods on Sunday, October 7.
Identifying Tree-of-Heaven and Some Native Look-alikes
October 17, 2018
This article covers the key characteristics on how to identify tree-of-heaven and distinguish it from a couple of common native look-alikes.