Pennsylvania Forestry Association News

Posted: January 7, 2014

A quarterly update from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association.

By Robb Piper, PFA President

The Pennsylvania Forestry Association lost a dear friend this December with the passing of Eugene Clair of Lititz, PA. Gene served as a public member on the board of directors and so graciously allowed many PFA activities at his Sinnemahoning property in Grove Run. A few of us on the board really got a chance to know him during a two-day planning retreat he hosted many years ago. He was unselfish and willing to share so much without expecting anything in return. He opened his home up to us without hesitation, because he knew the importance of long range planning. He wanted us there to be a part of setting the course for PFA.
Gene understood the need to get professional advice for his woodland.  He took time to try and understand the forest and what it had to offer, including elk habitat. He loved seeing the elk. I think they knew it too, as I was there several times as they casually strolled across the mowed area by the stream and lodge. 

Gene’s thoughts and guidance at board meetings were sage-like and you could just tell, so well thought out. He was a very modest man with a great sense of humor. I was honored to have known him. The Pennsylvania Forestry Association is moving forward with actions from that planning session just mentioned, and we are becoming a better organization due to him. Gene will be missed.

On March 1, 2014, PFA will host its annual Conservation Dinner in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Conservation Dinner is always a very enjoyable event filled with opportunities to bid on outstanding goods in both the live and the silent auctions, and the excitement of the draw-down raffle, with a grand prize of $10,000! Tickets for the drawing are $100, which includes dinner. There are only 350 tickets printed, and demand has been high. Last year was the first in recent memory when we sold all the tickets for the drawing. If you have never attended this event, put it on your calendar and order your tickets soon. And, don’t wait to make lodging reservations – hotel rooms in Williamsport go very quickly. To order tickets for the Conservation Dinner contact the PFA office.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Forestry Association or becoming a member, contact the main office at 800-835-8065, email or visit the website