Forest Regeneration

Understanding how Pennsylvania forests have changed and recognizing the need for careful forest stewardship to ensure their future health and resilience depends on learning to evaluate and address current challenges affecting forests. Among the issues landowners can address as they care for forests is forest regeneration. The publications and resources were created as part of a Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG#16-042) received by the Center for Private Forests.
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This publication is a foundational publication to help landowners understand how forests establish, grow, and change, and the ways biotic and abiotic factors influence where tree species occur and how they grow.

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This publication sets the stage for helping woodland owners of diverse experience understand the challenges affecting successful forest regeneration and sets them up to undertake the Regeneration Assessment Protocol.

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This publication – guides users through the process of establishing plots within stands of their forest, how to collect and record data to assess light conditions, competitive plants, and deer impacts in order to interpret existence, diversity, and abundance of regeneration and the potential barriers to establishing the future forest. The protocol also includes guidance on interpreting results.

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This publication gives general guidance on adult and peer to peer learning, as well as the woodland owner segments as based on the work of the Sustaining Family Forest Initiative at Yale University. This guide goes into specific guidance for hosting a regeneration assessment event, using a field day as an example, and introduces users to setting objectives, creating audience profiles, crafting a message, and marketing to attract new and beginning woodland owners to learn more about forest regeneration.