November 2018 | #ForestProud
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A letter from President Richard Lewis
Dear PFA and PFHA members:

We are pleased to announce that after a lengthy period of review and discussion the Boards of Directors of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association and the Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association have approved the merger of these two organizations.

Recognizing that both organizations have very similar mission statements, goals and objectives PFA and PFHA leadership members are confident that the merger of these two associations will enhance the stewardship of Pennsylvania’s current forest resources as well as preserve Pennsylvania’s past historical forest legacy.

Members of the Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association will now serve on a new PFA Forest Heritage Committee reporting to the PFA Board of Directors and continue to initiate and manage the former activities of PFHA.

A merger transition Task Group consisting of PFA members (Richard Lewis, Dave Alerich, and Linda Finley) and PFHA members (Peter Linehan, Jon Bitzer and Mike Klimkos) will guide the merger process over the next few months. PFA executive director Caleb Wright will serve as Secretary for the Task Group.

The target date to complete the merger is January 1, 2019 or as soon after as practicable.
If you have any questions or comments on this process, please feel free to contact us.

Richard Lewis
PFA President
Bob & Jane Slagter
Pennsylvania Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year
2018, Warren County, 52 Acres
The 2018 Tree Farmers of the Year are Bob and Jane Slagter of Bradfordwoods, PA. The Slagters became certified in the Tree Farm program in 2006. The Slagter Tree Farm is in Southwest Township, Warren County along Caldwell Creek near the village of Dotyville where they built a beautiful ‘camp’ --- appropriately called “The Creek House” made from wood taken off the property. The Slagter’s philosophy, “The land provides. Whatever you put into the land … time, money, effort, resources --- goes back into the soil, and provides what you need and more.”

In addition to being a Tree Farmer, Bob is also a Pennsylvania Forest Steward Volunteer and currently serves as Chairman of the Forest Stewards Steering Committee. He also writes a bi-monthly column for their Newsletter. He participates as well on the board of the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, a land trust dedicated to protecting forested land and natural ecosystems while supporting rural communities through working forests. Lastly, Bob was recently honored as the Warren County Forest Landowner of the Year. 

In 1994, Bob signed up for the Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship program and generated their first forest management plan for their then, 37 acres. One of their initial objectives was to implement some stream improvement projects. In 1995, they received funding for stream improvement work. That began the more than 20-year effort to improve the health, sustainability and productivity of their forested acreage, which has now grown to its current size of 52 acres. In the spring of 2018, a riparian buffer project was implemented by the Slagters that included the planting of over 400 trees by students from nearby Titusville High School.  

Some other projects that they have completed on their property include: firewood cutting, tree planting, herbicide treatments, removal of undesirable, competing understory vegetation, and improvements to an old railroad bed that is a public access point for fishing in Caldwell Creek.

The Slagter’s are honored with this designation and invite everyone to a celebration of their Warren County Tree Farm in the spring of 2019!
Robb Piper
Pennsylvania Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year
2018, Cambria Co.
Robb Piper has been selected as the Pennsylvania Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector for 2018. Robb is a retired Cambria County Conservation District Manager and now works as a private consulting forester. Robb prepares forest management plans and provides other timber management services as needed, including timber sale administration. Robb started as a Tree Farm inspector 1982 and has since certified over 50 tree farms. In 2018 he assisted with setting up the Cambria County tour for the American Tree Farm System national 3rd party assessment and completed all required inspections for the state quota as well as those due for the 5 year periodic inspections in the Cambria County area.

Robb served as Tree Farm Committee Chair from 1994-1995, and was an active member of the committee until 2007. Robb also served as a member of the Pennsylvania Planning Committee that hosted the National Tree Farm Convention held in Hershey, PA in 2001. In addition, while Robb was president of the PA Forestry Association talks were initiated over Tree Farm moving to become a full committee within the association.
The Pennsylvania Forestry Association transitions to MemberClicks Membership Portal
On October 24th, we sent an email to all PFA members that we've gone live with the MemberClicks Membership Portal! This is a great opportunity for the Association to better serve you, the membership. You'll now be receiving renewal invoices via email. Feel free to print that invoice off and send it into our office, or login to MemberClicks and pay online! Simple and easy!

Don't worry. MemberClicks is a secure site. Your information still belongs to the Pennsylvania Forestry Association and they have no rights to it. We still hold firm to our policy that your information will not be shared or sold. We value you as a member and continuously seek ways to better serve you. We hope you enjoy this new opportunity!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding MemberClicks or your membership, please contact the Association at 800-835-8065 or
Minutes from the 2018 PFA Annual Meeting
Minutes from the 2018 Annual Business Meeting that took place on October 6, 2018 in State College, PA are now available by request for review by members of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. If you are interested in a copy, please contact Caleb Wright, Executive Director, at
PA Tree Farm Update
Sharing Great News and Important Tree Farm Happenings
Tree Farm Activities Across Pennsylvania 
Locale: Across Pennsylvania 
6 Areas

Inspection Continues to be the Name of the Game:

Targeted Tree Farms received re-inspection packets. The goal is for outstanding re-inspections to be completed by December 1, 2018. Your Tree Farm re-inspections, without charge to Tree Farmers, are required every five years to maintain certification.

Your commitment as Tree Farmers, Inspectors, state agencies, non-profit organizations, foresters, and other partners will keep the Tree Farm Program moving forward into 2019.

Locale: Poconos 
Monroe County
September, 2018

Members of Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee were invited to attend the 2018 Rural and Community Summer Meeting. Tree Farm updates were shared with Service Foresters and partners. It was great to share Tree Farm’s message and meet Pennsylvania State Forester Ellen Shultzabarger in Stroudsburg, a great setting.


Locale: State College 
Center County

2018 Pennsylvania Outstanding Inspector and Tree Farmer Awards were revealed at the October 6, 2018, Pennsylvania Forestry Association 132nd Annual Meeting. 
Theme: Managing & Conserving Pennsylvania’s Forested Waters. What a great theme and event!
Congratulations are in order for 2018 Pennsylvania Outstanding Inspector of the Year, Robb Piper, and 2018 Pennsylvania Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, Jane and Bob Slagter.


Locale: Across Pennsylvania 
67 Counties

A Walk in Penn’s Woods

Again another event with 6 PA Tree Farms hosting walks. Tree Farm received a 2018 Outcomes Based Grant from American Forest Foundation. This grant was for Pennsylvania Tree Farmers to participate, partners training on hosting walks, and updating the Tree Farm brochure.


Locale: State College
Center County
Pennsylvania Tree Farm Meeting 
Open to all Tree Farmers and interested partners

Date: Thursday, December 13
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Central Pennsylvania Visitors Bureau
800 East Park Avenue 
State College, PA
Forestry News You Can Use
Thompson welcomes new forest chief to ANF at Warren conference
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson welcomed the U.S. Forest Service’s new Chief, Vicki Christiansen, to the Allegheny National Forest –– the only national forest in Pennsylvania — at the ANF Headquarters on Friday.

At the conference, which happened to be Christiansen’s first stop as the new USFS chief, both she and Thompson highlighted the importance of conservation through various ways, including protecting indigenous species against invasive species and making sure the forest is left in good hands for future generations.

Thompson made it a point to acknowledge the spotted lanternfly and the emerald ash borer as invasive species that “could have a big impact on the timber industry,” but noted that they are mostly in southeast Pennsylvania as of recently.

America Isn’t Ready for the Lanternfly Invasion
A bizarre pest from Asia is spreading fast and putting billions of dollars’ worth of resources at risk.
By Andrew Zaleski

From the road heading east, the apple trees of Beekman Orchards unfold in waves, rising and falling on a sea of verdant grass. Behind them, basking in the June sunlight, are row upon row of pinot noir, riesling, and traminette grapes. It’s for the vineyard that I’ve driven to this 170-acre estate in Berks County, an hour and a half northwest of Philadelphia. Beekman Orchards is a fourth-generation family enterprise, now carefully stewarded by Calvin Beekman, a large 59-year-old man with a calm voice and meat-hook hands.

“I told one fella one time I don’t need to go to Atlantic City, because we’re the biggest gamblers there are,” he tells me outside his farmhouse. In 1999, Beekman planted the vineyard, 40 acres of red and white grapes that once brought in about a quarter-million dollars annually. On this day, several rows of vines in the middle of the patch are a lush green, close to the fruit-set stage. Mid-June is usually when clusters of grapes bloom, growing until harvest begins in mid-September. In the rows farther out, though, no clusters are visible, and the grape-shoot trunks are blackened, dead. Beekman gestures toward a set of riesling vines that went in just last year. “This row contains 140 plants,” he says. “I don’t think you can find 1 percent that’s viable.”

A third of his vineyard has suffered a similar fate. Another third is struggling. And the luxuriant middle third? It could be at risk, too. He points to the woodlands surrounding his farm and utters a word that’s been unnerving farmers, foresters, public officials, and entomologists alike: “lanternflies.”

The spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a mothlike insect about an inch long and a half-inch wide. Native to Southeast Asia, it was discovered in Berks County in 2014. Already it’s threatening to harm more plants and crops than even the brown marmorated stink bug, discovered in Pennsylvania around the turn of the century and now wreaking havoc in 43 states.

Erie launches program to preserve urban forests
Plan would remove dead or diseased trees, invasive plants from those areas.

By: Kevin Flowers

The city of Erie has never developed a formal, environmentally-friendly management program for the more than 150 acres of wooded land that it owns.

That is about to change.

Mayor Joe Schember’s administration is working with the nonprofit Foundation for Sustainable Forests and certified forester Ron Weisenstein to develop what’s being called the city’s first sound forest management program.

The program — which is being launched at no additional cost to taxpayers, according to city officials — aims to develop long-range plans that deal with preserving the health of parks and wooded areas owned by the city.

Join the Alliance for tree plantings in Pennsylvania!
You're invited to join the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and our Pennsylvania team, to help us plant trees along streams this fall.

We have four plantings scheduled, and nearly 1,500 trees to plant -
so we need your help! 

Check out our planting schedule below, and RSVP by emailing Jenna Mackley at or calling (717) 517-8698. 

Dates include:
  • Christiana Park, Christiana, PA, November 11th, 1-4 PM
  • Paradise Community Park, Gordonville, PA, November 17th, 9-12 Noon
Tree Tenders Training 
Join thousands of other concerned citizens like yourself. Become a Tree Tender and help increase tree canopy cover in your community. Tree Tenders® is a training program that empowers concerned residents to make dramatic strides towards restoring and caring for the tree canopy in their communities. The course is designed for lay people and experts alike. Become one of the Tree Tenders restoring and tending your part of the forest. Instruction is provided by DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry, in partnership with Penn State Extension, PHS, and other local urban forestry experts.
Tree Tenders training includes:
-Tree Biology
-Urban Stresses on Trees
-Tree Identification
-Tree Pruning and Root Care
-Tree Planting Techniques
-Community Organizing
Johnstown, PA
December 1, 2018
Offered by Penn State Extension
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Register online at
For more information, contact Brian Wolyniak at or call 412-482-3455
Pittsburgh, PA
December 1, 2018
Offered by Tree Pittsburgh
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Register online at
For more information, contact or 412-781-8733
Thursdays, January 24- March 7, 2019
Offered by Penn State Extension
One hour sessions each week at 12 noon or 7 pm
Register online at 
For more information, contact Vinnie Cotrone at or call 570-825-1701

International Mass Timber Conference
What: International Mass Timber Conference
When: March 19-21, 2019
Where: Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232

(Missoula, MT, October 1, 2018) - The 4th Annual International Mass Timber Conference will take place March 19-21, 2019 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland Oregon. The largest gathering of industry professionals of its kind, IMTC is the premier source for the latest news and innovative thinking on mass timber manufacturing and residential and commercial construction. IMTC 2018 set records for attendance, exhibitors and sponsors as the development and use of mass timber products continues to grow.

The International Mass Timber Conference is the largest gathering of cross-laminated timber and other mass timber experts in the world, with a special focus on manufacturing and mid- to high-rise construction. Over 1,200 experts from 22 countries attended in 2018. IMTC 2019 will feature over 70 industry speakers, plus over 70 exhibitors, and attendance from around the world representing timber, lumber, construction and designer/architect professionals exploring the latest innovations in cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail-laminated timber, glulam beams and panels, mass plywood panels, dowel-laminated timber, and laminated veneer lumber. The conference will also feature two separate mass timber building tours of local projects.  

IMTC is produced by Forest Business Network in cooperation with the wood design experts at WoodWorks-Wood Products Council. The conference is supported by Premier Sponsors including Hexion, Swinerton Builders, Katerra, and Kallesoe along with major sponsors D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations, Freres Lumber Co. MPP, Sansin, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Sterling, and Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

About Forest Business Network:
FBN is a top-tier consultancy, event marketing, and news and information source in the forest products sector. Its weekly email newsletter is a go-to news resource for global industry professionals. FBN’s president and CEO, Craig Rawlings, is a nationally recognized expert in under-utilized timber and biomass.

About WoodWorks-Wood Products Council:
WoodWorks ( provides free one-on-one project assistance as well as education and resources related to the code-compliant design of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. WoodWorks technical experts offer support from design through construction on a wide range of building types, including mid-rise/multi-residential, educational, commercial, corporate, institutional and public.
In the news
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The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation holds an annual awards banquet to recognize exemplary work in state parks and forests by both staff and volunteers. -  Westfield Free Press-Courier

Penn State researchers rounding the bend on a year-long study of broadband access in rural Pennsylvania are finding that speeds are even s. . . l. . . o. . . w. . .e. . .r. . . than previously thought. Last year, the Inquirer and Daily News wrote about Pennsylvania's woeful... -  Philadelphia Inquirer

This year the Annual Fall Run Banquet, to be held Nov. 3, will honor the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pennsylvania Sea Grant and the Lake Erie Regional Conservancy for the stream access they have provided for steelhead anglers.... -  Erie Times-News

The numbers of deer we have seen per trip has increased the past couple of years, and that appears to be continuing this fall. For the past five years, maybe six years, Mike Stimmell and I have been making a 22-mile driving loop on the Allegheny National Forest starting at... -  Erie Times-News

The state and federal governments are working together on the Allegheny National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service ANF and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry signed a Good Neighbor Authority Master Agreement in March.... -  Warren Times Observer
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