Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program

The Pennsylvania's Forest Stewardship Program is a voluntary program to help forest landowners learn to improve and maintain the ecological health of their land. Private landowners who own between 5 and 1,000 acres of forestland can join the program.
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Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program

What is the Forest Stewardship Program?

The Forest Stewardship Program is a voluntary program to help forest landowners learn how to improve and maintain the ecological health of their land. You get to decide what you want to do on your land, and the Forest Stewardship Program links you with the people who can help you do it correctly!

Since 1990, the program has been funded in all 50 states by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. In Pennsylvania, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry administers the program and provides technical assistance. Our state program is overseen by a Forest Stewardship steering committee composed of private landowners, professional resource managers, and representatives from conservancies, higher education, industry, and government.

Who can join the Forest Stewardship Program?

All private forest landowners are welcome to the Forest Stewardship Program; however, to receive a cost-shared stewardship plan, properties must contain at least five acres of forestland. Owners of non-forested, open land that they intend to manage for water quality, wildlife habitat, or timber production also qualify, as do corporate owners who are not involved in the production of forest products.

Would you like to learn more about forest stewardship?

After you complete and mail the following information, you will begin to receive a quarterly newsletter, Forest Leaves, about Pennsylvania’s privately owned forestlands, and Forest Stewardship Bulletin No. 1, Forest Stewardship: Our Link to the Past—Our Legacy for the Future. We will forward the information you provide to your local Bureau of Forestry service forester, who can talk with you further about how to join the Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program.

Forest Stewardship Form


address (street/po box): ________________________________________________________________

city state zip code: ____________________________________________________________________
work phone (include area code): __________________________________________________

home phone (include area code): _________________________________________________

Are you a landowner? ❏ Yes ❏ No

If so, how many acres do you own? ______ acres

How many acres are forested? ______ acres
Where is the property located? __________________________________________ county

send to:

Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program
c/o Forest Resources Extension
The Pennsylvania State University
416 Forest Resources Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802-4705

How does the Forest Stewardship Program help you?

One of the greatest benefits of becoming a Forest Steward is that you link into a network of invaluable information, knowledge, and assistance that comes to you through various publications, natural resource professionals, and fellow forest landowners.

The first step in becoming a Forest Steward is to develop a plan for the future of your land. Developing a plan with the assistance of a Bureau of Forestry service forester and at least one Forest Stewardship-trained natural resource professional will help you learn more about the many resources already on your land and how you can maintain and improve them. You can learn how to manage for wildlife, recreation, aesthetics, timber production, or whatever objectives help you realize your long-range hopes and dreams for your land. Your Forest Stewardship Plan is your plan for your land. Only you can decide what activities should be carried out in your forest.

Forest Stewardship Bulletin No. 1, which you will receive if you send in the above form, will explain more about how to enroll in the Forest Stewardship Program, how to make a Forest Stewardship Plan, and how to reap the many benefits of being a Pennsylvania Forest Steward. Forest Stewards learn how to enrich the life of their land while they enrich the lives of all who depend on forests—wildlife, humans, and generations yet to come.

For more information visit the Center for Private Forests