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

Join the Women and Their Woods for a spring chainsaw safety workshop
February 21, 2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019. Space is limited. Hosted by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.
Allium tricoccum, ramps, produce leaves before most other plants in the spring.
Ramps: an important forest resource and emerging forest “crop”
February 21, 2019
Pennsylvania forestlands are home to a unique forest plant sought for its pungent onion-like taste: ramps or wild leek (Allium tricoccum).
Results of a high-graded forest. (Photo by Jim Finley)
What Does Your Forest Look Like? Understanding the Impacts of High-Grading
February 21, 2019
Despite the importance of forests in PA, many forests have become degraded due to past timber harvesting practices that have mainly removed the largest and most valuable trees from the forest and left behind the smaller, lower-quality ones.