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

The Correctional Conservation Collaborative effort trains near-release inmates for work in the forestry and tree care industries (Photo by Shea Zwerver)
Correctional Conservation Collaborative: Forestry Workforce Development
January 14, 2020
“How do we grow more good jobs while conserving and improving our forests?” PA Governor Tom Wolfe asked the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) in fall of 2015.
Camp Elk Tannery today (Photo by Mike Eckley)
To the Trees: How Forest Fills Need in Pennsylvania
January 14, 2020
America’s history through the lens of landscape is easy to read in Pennsylvania. Just wander the 110 acres owned by Monte Kapec near Jamison City and you’ll see how the nation’s priorities shifted in the last century.
Monitoring wildlife can be a fun winter activity (Photo by Laura Kirt)
Pennsylvania Tree Farm: Using Winter to Evaluate and Update Forest Management Plans
January 14, 2020
In theory, winter is the downtime for forest landowners and can be a good time to update and evaluate your forest management plan. If your plan is older than five years, it is time to update it to meet the American Tree Farm Standards.