Pennsylvania Tree Farming Notes

Posted: January 7, 2014

A quarterly update from the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee.

The Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee has passed the torch of leadership with the start of the New Year. We want to thank Bill and Margaret Baber for their leadership, dedication, and direction over the past two years. It was a time of many changes in the state, especially with Pennsylvania being chosen as a pilot state to test new initiatives from the American Forest Foundation. We wish Bill and Margaret the best and hope to continue to draw on their experience and knowledge as out-going Co-chairs. Now we welcome our new State Chair, Susan Benedict, and Vice Chair, Bill Bow. Susan was our recent State Tree Farmer of the Year and finalist in the regional competition. Her background, experience, and passion will make for a smooth transition. Bill is a service forester for the Bureau of Forestry, District 5, covering Huntingdon County, and brings an important component to the committee, as we rely heavily on the Bureau's support. We welcome both to their respective positions and look forward to the next two years under their leadership.

One of the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee’s recent goals was to reach out to every Tree Farmer in the state over the coming year, updating them on what the state has been involved in and what we are looking to in the future. We will be contacting you to ask for your input on what is most important about the Tree Farm program in Pennsylvania. The program exists to support the Tree Farmers in the state and we want to hear what is on your mind. So if you haven't already received a call, look for one in the coming months.

And, if you haven’t heard, the 2014 National Tree Farm Convention is coming to Pittsburgh, July 17-19! Join hundreds of Tree Farmers, woodland owners, and forest enthusiasts at this three-day event which will feature a lineup of educational concurrent sessions on topics ranging from forest and wildlife management to the generational transfer of your land. A field day is scheduled at John and Maureen Burnham’s woodlot in West Finley, PA. John is Pennsylvania’s 2010 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. Other optional tours will provide you an opportunity to discover Pittsburgh and the western Pennsylvania region. For details and registration, please visit:

For more information about the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Program, contact Rich Bugher, State Administrator, at 724-977-0867or, or visit the website: