Pennsylvania Forestry Association News

Posted: October 13, 2016

Updates from PFA - October 2016

On September 23 and 24, PFA members and friends celebrated 130 years of promoting the sustainable use of our forests and the resources they provide.

The meeting this year was in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County. Recently, the Bureau of Forestry renamed the former Lackawanna Forest District (District 11) as the Pinchot Forest District in recognition of Gifford Pinchot’s monumental contributions to forestry and his legacy of forest land conservation. As part of the Saturday morning program, attendees viewed the WITF-TV produced documentary about Gifford Pinchot. Later we enjoyed a beautiful September day learning about the unique combination of modern businesses, historical sites, and the endless mountains and forests of Northeast Pennsylvania. We then toured an anthracite coal mine, learning firsthand how important the industry was to the area, and how the area forests were important to the development of the mines.

Northeastern Pennsylvania’s landscape has changed, and the mines are no longer active, but forests remain as a cultural, ecological, and economic resource. The new Pinchot Forest District covers four counties, and the Bureau of Forestry continually works with local officials and volunteers to conserve and improve local natural resources that add value to the surrounding communities.

Our celebration concluded with our Awards Banquet; two highlights were the presentation of the Tree Farmer of the Year, and the Tree Farm Inspector of the Year by the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee. Annually, PFA presents the Joseph T. Rothrock Award, which recognizes an individual, organization, or group that has made significant contributions to the public, emphasizing the importance of Pennsylvania’s forest resources. I am very pleased to announce the 2016 recipient is the Pennsylvania Forest Steward volunteers. The award was presented to Dr. James Finley and Dr. Allyson Muth on behalf of all the 500 plus PA Forest Stewards. Congratulations!

If you are interested in having the Pinchot documentary presented as a local program, please contact the PFA Office: 717-234-2500 or . A PFA Board member will be happy to help make the arrangements.

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Enjoy our beautiful Penn’s Woods fall season!

Contact Information

Gene Odato
  • PFA President