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

For Love of the Woods—The Importance of Helping Others Connect and Care in the Long Haul
July 31, 2018
How can today’s woodland owners foster and inspire the next generation of woodland owners who will ensure that our forests are retained and actively cared for?
This project brought together the community and state and federal agencies to help a landowner achieve a stewardship goal. (Photo by Bob Slagter, PA Forest Steward)
Planting Their Future
July 10, 2018
On a cold April day, 40 high school students and their teacher teamed up with DCNR, NRCS, and county conservation professionals to plant over 400 saplings as part of a riparian buffer project.
Join fellow Pennsylvanians across the state in a woods walk near you on Sunday, October 7! (Photo by Laura Kirt, Laura Kirt Studios)
Raising Awareness of Pennsylvania’s Woods
July 10, 2018
Help us make Walk in Penn's Woods a success!