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

October 9, 2020

The “Purple Paint Law”: A New Way to Post Your Property

A new law took effect in early 2020 that all of Pennsylvania’s landowners and everyone who spends time outdoors should know about.

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October 9, 2020

Dispelling Myths About Pennsylvania’s Forests

There are many myths and misperceptions about forests and forestry in Pennsylvania. Before we examine them, we need to define what a “forest” is. Simply put, a forest is an area of land characterized by extensive tree cover and other associated resources such as meadows, streams, and wildlife. We often use other names to describe forested land including woods, woodland, and woodlot. We also have “urban” or “community” forests located within our cities. Pennsylvania‘s very name means “Penn’s Woods,” “Penn” after Quaker William Penn’s father, and “Sylvania” meaning woodland.

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October 9, 2020

Continuing Series: Imagine the Opportunity of a Smaller Carbon Footprint - Part 2: What Is Your Carbon Footprint?

A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere because of one’s own energy needs. The choices we make every day and how we decide to live affect our carbon footprint. When determining one’s carbon footprint, transportation, electricity, food, clothing, and many other everyday products need to be considered.

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October 8, 2020

Here’s What Is Happening at the Center for Private Forests

As for everyone, it’s been an interesting time at the Center for Private Forests at Penn State during COVID restrictions. Fortunately, we’ve been able to complete much of our work remotely and continue to engage at the intersection of people and forests.

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Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802