Pennsylvania Forestry Association News

Posted: January 11, 2019

Forest Legacy Map Project

The Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA) is delighted to partner with the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, and others, in the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project that features the development of a digital forest legacy map telling the story of Pennsylvania’s forests in nation building, conservation, recreation, and forest legacy. This project is scheduled for completion in 2019.

PFA Memorial Forestry Education Fund

Over the past year, PFA has consolidated a group of dedicated funds into one PFA Memorial Forestry Education Fund. Past PFA member Lloyd Casey and past PFA President Bob Rumpf are the co-founders of this Fund. Since the establishment of the consolidated Fund, there have been two other substantial contributors: Roy Siefert, past PFA President, and another PFA member who wishes to remain anonymous. The PFA executive committee recently voted to transfer the surplus from the 2018 PFA Conservation Banquet to the Memorial Education Fund. All of this means that we now have approximately $50,000 to use to finance future forestry education projects in Pennsylvania. For information on how to apply for funding for your organization’s forestry education project, please contact PFA.

Tariff Update

At the time of this writing, China had imposed a 10% tariff on all US hardwood lumber products in retaliation to a previous similar action to tax Chinese imports by the Trump Administration. A January 1, 2019 threatened 25% tariff increase by the both the US and China has now been deferred for 90 days. China buys almost $1 billion of US hardwood lumber products annually, and these tariffs will deeply impact Pennsylvanians who grow, harvest, and process hardwoods into the hardwood products that we ship to China. Now is the time to let your elected Pennsylvania representative and our two Pennsylvania US senators know how this tariff action will negatively impact you as a grower, harvester, or manufacturer of Pennsylvania hardwoods.

Forest Landowners Conference Keystone Sponsor

PFA is proud and honored to be a Keystone sponsor of “Working Woods for Today and Tomorrow,” the 2019 Forest Landowners Conference March 22-23 in State College. Whether you own a backyard patch of woods or a large-acreage woodland, this conference will provide you with the tools you need to improve the health and well-being of your forest. Please attend...We know this conference will exceed your forestry knowledge expectations.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Forestry Association or about becoming a member, visit the website or call 1-800-835-8065.

Contact Information

Richard Lewis
  • Pennsylvania Forestry Association President