Posted: October 11, 2019

Updates from the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee

Why Join a Woodland Group?

As the growing season winds down and the active management season ends, it is time to seek out opportunities to learn more about how to best manage your land. There are many national and Pennsylvania groups to join that can offer information on how best to manage your woodlot. Groups like the Pennsylvania Tree Farm, Pennsylvania Forestry Association, National Woodland Owners Association, and/or your local woodland owners group all have websites, publications, and meetings helpful to woodlot owners. The list below highlights the benefits of joining. (This list is adapted from a piece published by the Maine Woodland Owners.)

Meetings that offer information on:

  • Management techniques and strategies
  • Available programs and services
  • Taxes and estate planning
  • Markets and utilization
  • Wildlife and ecology
  • In-field demonstrations
  • Hands-on experiences
  • Interaction with others with similar interests
  • Opportunity to question experts
  • Chainsaw safety
  • Pesticide applicator certification

Newsletters offer:

  • Referral to sources of information
  • Reliable information on local forest issues
  • Information on forestland activities

Satisfaction in being part of a movement to:

  • Ensure the viability of small woodland ownership (no woodlot is too small)
  • Promote responsible management of woodlands
  • Benefit Pennsylvania's environment
  • Assure the quality of our air, soil, and water
  • Maintain and improve wildlife habitat
  • Sustain our renewable resources for generations
  • Enhance Pennsylvania's unique rural character
  • Seek new avenues and opportunities for financial sustainability

Tree Farm Inspections

If you have received notices that your Tree Farm needs to be inspected, now is the time to call in a Tree Farm Inspector. Visit our website and find an Inspector for your area today. Our reporting needs to be done in October. If you have questions, please contact the Pennsylvania Forestry Association's administrative offices at 1-800-835-8065.

For more information about the PA Tree Farm program, visit our webpage.

Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802