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.


Ensuring the health and vitality of forested landscapes.


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.

Center for Private Forests News

Meet Penn State's New Forestry and Wildlife Extension Educators
July 10, 2020
The Penn State Extension Forestry and Wildlife Team is thrilled to welcome two new members to its ranks. Katie Schmidt and Calvin Norman join three other fellow county based educators and eight university-based experts who do statewide extension work in forestry and wildlife sciences in Pennsylvania. Katie and Calvin bring fresh perspectives and new expertise, and their addition greatly enhances the capacity of this team to serve you, our stakeholders. We hope you share your stories with them, put their skills to work for you, and welcome them into your woods.
Women and Their Woods 2020 Retreat Goes Virtual
July 10, 2020
Forest landowners and aspiring landowners from across the mid-Atlantic region are invited to attend the Women and Their Woods 2020 Virtual Educational Retreat to learn more about managing their forestland and connecting with other forest landowners.
The Benefits of Blackberries
June 29, 2020
If you have never enjoyed a day afield collecting berries, this is the year you should try it. Nothing like socially distancing in a berry patch.