Pennsylvania Forestry Association News

Posted: January 13, 2017

Winter 2017 updates from PFA

One of the events that many forest landowners look forward to every other year is the statewide Forest Landowners Conference at the Blair County Convention Center. If there was ever a chance to learn so much in two days under one roof this is it. I remember when I was a kid watching a new shopping experience come alive; they called it South Hills Village Mall. Mall shopping became “the thing” to do since it was easy, convenient, comfortable, and all under one roof. The Center for Private Forests at Penn State has set up an educational mall for you to experience a large variety of learning experiences in March. There are dozens of educational topics that cover a broad spectrum of interests for forest landowners. It’s easy, fun, interesting, entertaining, convenient, and comfortable; however, it’s not ALL under one roof because there are great field trips to the surrounding mountains along the Allegheny Front, and working workshops like Logs-to-Lumber sawing out back in the parking lot. Check out the specific information, sign up for the conference, and I hope to see you there.

The transformation of the PA Tree Farm Program is moving along nicely thanks to the many dedicated volunteers who want to see it through. Meetings, conference calls, financial dealings are taking time and will continue to happen for the foreseeable future. The volunteers involved in this process are committed to shaping a new future for the Tree Farm Program. We will provide updates as often as we can so check out PA Forests and our e-newsletter.

One of the most rewarding things I have ever done was to run a conservation camp for high school students. What an opportunity for a teenager to experience a week making new friends, rubbing shoulders with dedicated conservationists, learning new things, trying out a fly rod or shooting a crossbow, getting nitty-gritty in the environment. All of the conservation camps in Pennsylvania could use experienced landowners to share their passions with the students. I urge you to contact a conservation camp in your area to offer help. Maybe the students could visit your woodlot to learn about forest practices from people who are actually making it happen. It will be rewarding for the students and for you.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Forestry Association or about becoming a member, visit the website or call 800-835-8065.

Contact Information

Gene Odato
  • PFA President