October 2017
Pennsylvania Forestry Association
News You Can Use
Don't miss your chance to sign up for the upcoming Annual Meeting, the new Paul Lyskava Trust Fund and other great happenings in Pennsylvania forestry!

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook. Click the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or visit us at www.paforestry.org for more information.
PFA 2017 Annual Meeting
October 27-28, 2017
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Your PFA annual meeting committee has planned an interesting and information packed 2017 Annual Meeting at the beautiful Seven Springs Mountain Resort near Somerset, Pennsylvania. Registration has been extended until October 16th!
Log A Load for Kids Sporting Clay Shoot
Help critically ill or severely injured Children at Pennsylvania's Children's Hospital's by participating in the PFA/PFPA Log a Load for Kids sporting clay shoot on Friday, October 27, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM, at the world-class Seven Springs Sporting Clay Course. All are welcome: it makes no difference whether you are a beginning shooter or an experience shooter.  Click here for registration information .
2017 WALK IN PENN’S WOODS SCORES SIGNIFICANT SUCCESS!
Sunday, October 1, turned out to be a spectacular early fall day; perfect weather teamed up with an impressive amount of groundwork to introduce the new statewide Walk in Penn’s Woods program. The day brought hundreds of the Commonwealth’s residents out into the woods with their friends and family to learn how our state’s woodlands work for us – from recreation and wildlife habitat to seeing the outcomes of timber harvests and learning about the history of lumbering in Pennsylvania.
Sixty mentored walks on state forests, gamelands, and parks, in the Allegheny National Forest, on municipality-owned watersheds, in city parks, and on the properties of private woodland owners across the state, showcased the many different values we hold for the woods and provided opportunities for visitors to discover the simple pleasure of walking and learning with others in the woods.

The Walk in Penn’s Woods partners would like to thank all the hosts and the many volunteer resource professionals who assisted with this statewide day celebrating Penn’s Woods. We are also very appreciative of our financial supporters who crowdfunded this totally volunteer program, and to the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, which organized a Project Learning Tree workshop on Leading a Walk in the Forest which included an associated grant program for individual walks. The partners are especially indebted to Dr. Allyson Muth, Forest Stewardship Program Association and Associate Director of the Center for Private Forests at Penn State, for her keen, creative and dedicated support which made the 2017 Walk in Penn’s Woods possible.

The Walk in Penn’s Woods partners include The Pennsylvania Forestry Association, The Center for Private Forests at Penn State, Penn State Natural Resources Extension, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards.
 
Please make plans to join us next year for the October 2018 Walk in Penn’s Woods to see how Penn’s Woods is Working for You!
Dave Twining’s Walk on his tree farm
DCWOA Walk at Ned Smith Center
Photos from walk in Burnham’s Woodlot
Photos from walk in Burnham’s Woodlot
Lyskava Trust Fund
In our July newsletter, we shared the sad news of Paul Lyskava’s untimely passing. Paul was a friend of the industry, a friend of PFA and the Executive Director of the PA Forest Products Association. To recognize Paul’s contribution to the industry and to memorialize his legacy, the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association plans to establish the Lyskava Memorial Trust Fund to benefit Paul’s son, Sean Lyskava, who has autism. Read more information on this fund and how to make a contribution by clicking here and thank you for supporting this tribute.
PA Tree Farm Updates
PATF Program Informational Meetings
The final "New Face of Tree Farm" meeting was held in September. Following the presentations good question sessions and discussion occurred. Members of Tree Farm and PFA attended all meetings. Special thanks to our six Area Chairs:

Area 1: Dave Trimpey...DTrimpey@collinsco.com
Area 2: Robert Merrill...bndmerrill@verizon.net
Area 3: Robin Wildermuth...rrwildermuth@gmail.com
Area 4: Tom Fitzgerald...tom@dunnfarm.net
Area 5: Anthony Rang...Anthony.Rang@glatfelter.com
Area 6: Steve Leventilis...dutchc@ptd.net

As discussed at all 13 meetings held across the state, look for the 2018 Membership Fee Package in your October mail.

Awards for Pennsylvania Tree Farmers and Inspectors
Outstanding PA Tree Farmer of the Year and Outstanding PA Inspector of the Year have been selected for 2017! Join us and celebrate their many successes in Penn's Woods at the Awards Banquet during the Pennsylvania Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting in Seven Springs on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
Show Your Pride – Embroidered PFA and PA Tree Farm Apparel Available
In addition to being able to direct order clothing apparel with the PA Forestry Association logo here , you can now also order clothing apparel with the PA Tree Farm logo. (Add links to PFA store and PA Tree Farm store – also send link to Andy to add TF shirt info to PFA website). We now have clothing apparel with the Tree Farm logo for sale. Go to https://squareup.com/store/tree-farmers to view/order items. This is similar to the PFA clothing. Sales will generate a small amount of revenue that will be deposited in the Tree Farm account. Small because we want the cost to remain low to be able to show Tree Farm pride.
EVENTS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
UPCOMING PENNSYLVANIA TREE FARM EVENTS
December Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee Quarterly Meeting
Be part of the PA Tree Farm Program discussion at our next Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Lettermans Sports Grill at 1031 College Ave., State College 16801 *Note date and location change.
The PA Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Fall Training Schedule
Many folks outside the state’s logging workforce have found PA SFI Professional Timber Harvester Training Program courses to be very informative and useful. Last year alone, nearly 200 landowners, foresters, and other interested personnel attended one or more courses offered through the SFI training program.

All of SFI training classes are open to anyone with an interest in participating. These courses are offered in the spring and fall of each year at locations across Pennsylvania. Please visit our website to review and register for classes: www.sfiofpa.org/register
In the news
  10-03-2017
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09-29-2017
An invasive insect is already having an impact on Montgomery Township’s parks, and trees could start coming down soon in one particular park. “Surveys conducted in township parks, including Spring Valley, Windlestrae, Fellowship Park, and the Knapp Road natural area have... - Lansdale Reporter
09-25-2017
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09-25-2017
FAW was one of roughly 10 people and organizations to file objections to a proposal by Allegheny National Forest officials to open up some of the trails at Tracy Ridge to mountain bikers. “We believe that this bizarrely ham-handed development scheme for one of the Keystone State’s exceedingly rare and untrammeled wildlands... - Warren Times Observer
09-25-2017
The rainy summer in Pennsylvania has set the stage for what could be an awesome autumn foliage display, according to forest ecologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “The cool, moist summer should usher in great fall colors,” said Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology. “The robust... - Williamsport Sun-Gazette
09-25-2017
A new program, initiated by Penn State’s Center for Private Forests along with the Bureau of Forestry, kicks off this fall to showcase the many values and uses of Pennsylvania’s forests. Throughout the state, local water authorities, sawmills, landowners and conservation groups are collaborating to hold events on Oct. 1 for the... - Williamsport Sun-Gazette
09-20-2017
The plan is to make The Walk in Penn’s Woods an annual event with at least one walk in each of the state’s 67 counties. Sites across Pennsylvania, including several in the Erie region, will host woods walks Oct. 1 as part of a new effort to showcase the diverse uses of... - Erie Times-News
09-17-2017
There’s a big red maple that’s about 75 years old standing just inside of the Beechwood Boulevard Gatehouse entrance to Frick Park. It’s old enough that its genetic makeup is unique enough to have survived years of Pittsburgh’s pollution. Old enough too to wear a... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09-14-2017
NEW YORK (AP) — Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle, a scientific group says... - AP
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