Charcoal Making Then and Now

Charcoal making played an important role in the history of Penn’s Woods. Moreover, charcoal making has a promising future for those with an interest in utilizing or poor quality wood.

Tree and Log Quality

What makes a high quality tree or log? What are the characteristics in trees and logs that make high quality products?

Hiring a Forester

Selecting the "right" resource management professional: articulate how land is used, values, and what is of short- and long-term importance.

Invasive Plants in Your Backyard

How to identify common non-native invasive plants that may be impacting your woods and what you may be able to do about these invasives.

Controlling Invasive Plants in Small Woodlots

Impacts of invasive plants and the characteristics which make them so successful, control approaches, including herbicides, and a discussion of their use.

Farm Tractor Safety in Woods and Woodlots

Hazards and risks of using farm tractors in woods: roll over and falling object protective structures, safely pulling limbs, tractor stability, related machinery hazards, and woodlot emergencies.

Woodland Legacy Planning

The importance of legacy planning, an overview of the tools available to aid in getting the conversation started, and what resources are available to make hopes concrete.

Chainsaw Safety

Safe operation of chainsaws in the woods, why chainsaws are dangerous, and how operators can protect themselves.

Penn State's Arboretum

The Arboretum at Penn State is a new outreach, teaching, and research facility dedicated to preserving the beauty and ecological functions of vegetated landscapes in an urbanizing society.

Utilizing Consumer-Grade GPS Technology on Your Private Forestlands

A Consumer-Grade GPS receiver paired with free software is a powerful solution that empowers a landowner to map, delineate, archive, analyze and navigate their forest.

Center for Private Forests


416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Center for Private Forests


416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802