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Own Woodlands? Have Questions? Remember March 20 and 21!

Pennsylvania has 11.5 million acres of private forests owned by nearly 750,000 woodland owners. Estimates are that 1 of 7 households in Pennsylvania has at least an acre of trees.

Private Forest Landowner Conference

Altoona,Pennsylvania (PR MediaRelease) February 16, 2015

Pennsylvania has 11.5 million acres of private forests owned by nearly 750,000 woodland owners. Estimates are that 1 of 7 households in Pennsylvania has at least an acre of trees. These woodland owners really like their woodlands. If you are one of these lucky owners, do you have questions about caring for your woods? Do you want to attract more wildlife to your property? Are you worried about your forest’s health or threats from invasive plants or insects? Do you want to learn how to establish the next forest? Do you like to use GIS or apps to learn more about your woods? Are you interested in using wood products off your property? Do you want to know what resources are out there to help forest landowners like you? To answer these and many other of your questions, mark your calendar for March 20 and 21 for two days of learning about caring for your woods.

The second biennial Private Forest Landowners Conference: the Future of Penn’s Woods will be at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA.

The program starts on Friday, March 20 with a selection of field tours before lunch to explore how others work with Penn’s Woods. Following a keynote presentation by Jim Finley, Director of the Center for Private Forests at Penn State, opening the formal Conference, attendees can choose from forty-four different presentations during four concurrent sessions. New and established owners of large or small properties will all find topics designed to help them address questions and challenges they encounter while caring for their woodlands. After a day of workshops, there will be an open reception for all attendees. If you choose, you can attend a banquet where Richard Alley, a world recognized expert studying global climate change, will weave a story of ice and forests.

Saturday’s program begins at 8:30 and offers fifty-five presentations during five concurrent sessions. Again, these offerings have been selected to answer your questions and provide information designed to help you care for your land. The program will close with a keynote by Chuck Fergus, outdoor writer, who will tell his story about learning his land. Chuck was a Pennsylvania woodland owner, but now lives in Vermont where he writes about forests and nature. You might recall his “Thornapples” column in the Pennsylvania Game News.

In addition, participants will have access to nearly fifty vendors and service providers before the formal program begins, during breaks, and while sharing lunch on Friday and Saturday. There will be a silent auction featuring an outstanding selection of items everyone can use. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Center for Private Forests at Penn State and its mission to address issue affecting woodland owners and their land.

The 2013 Conference was a huge success and folks demanded that we offer this opportunity again in 2015. You can learn more about the Conference by visiting There you will find information on registration costs, a copy of the program schedule, information on tours and keynoters, and lodging information. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to write or call. Registration closes on March 9, so register today.

This is a great opportunity to find answers to your questions. You will have plenty of time to meet other woodland owners who share your interests in forests and trees. There will be foresters and other resource professionals available to answer your questions and to help you find answers to your most challenging questions.

Come out to this great opportunity for learning and fellowship around caring for the woods!

The Center for Private Forests focuses on applied research, education and outreach to students, forest landowners, the forest-products industry, loggers, conservation districts, agencies, land trusts, nongovernmental organizations and the public.

Sara Banker
The Center for Private Forests at Penn State
Conference Coordinator
Jim Finley
The Pennsylvania State University
Director of the Center for Private Forests at Penn State
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