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Forest Landowner Conference Facilitates Wise Management Decisions

Posted: March 18, 2015

The forests of Pennsylvania are a valuable renewable resource and learning how to properly manage that resource is important to the future well-being of the commonwealth.

The forests of Pennsylvania are a valuable renewable resource and learning how to properly manage that resource is important to the future well-being of the commonwealth. Because the largest share of Pennsylvania’s forest is privately owned, accounting for more than 70% of the forested acres (12.5 million acres), it is essential that these owners have the information to make wise decisions about their land. To that end, Penn State Extension partnered with DCNR Bureau of Forestry, The Woodland Owners of the Clarion and Allegheny Valley, and the Clarion County Forest Stewardship Committee to hold its annual Clarion Forest Landowner Conference February 21, 2015 in Fryburg, PA.

Pennsylvania’s 17 million acres of forests cover 60% of the state’s land area. They support a forest products industry that is a key component of the state’s economy. They also provide habitat for a diversity of plants and wildlife, serve as a place to recreate, and are a source of beauty.

Speakers from DCNR Bureau of Forestry, PA Game Commission, Quality Deer Management Association, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement all shared their expertise with the eighty-seven forest landowners in attendance to address the many facets of forest and wildlife management. Of recurring interest at this year’s conference were questions of reforesting mine sites. The five different sessions offered included topics such as: Propagating Your Own Trees, Problems and Opportunities in Reforesting Strip Mines, Reforestation of Active and Legacy Mine Sites Using the Forestry Reclamation Approach, Creating or Enhancing Habitat on Strip Mines, and Healthy Habitat, Healthy Deer. Eighteen exhibitors, ranging from seed companies to consulting foresters, as well as several state and local government agencies, were also on hand.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s forest products and land management, please contact Scott Weikert at Forest County Extension office at 814-755-3544, sjw128@psu.edu.