November 2020 | #ForestProud
Pennsylvania Forestry Association
News You Can Use
A Message from PFA President Mark Ott
October. What a glorious month. Despite dire predictions of dull fall colors due to the dry conditions, it has been spectacular. There are a lot changes in this month. The goldfinch males transitioned to their dull winter colors. We have seen no late hummingbirds, yet a couple fresh feeders are out for them if needed. The deer have suddenly lost the scruffy, fly-bitten, lethargic summer look. They now exhibit the sleek alert look that fall and winter twilight drivers, hikers and hunters are familiar with. They look “smoothed out”, as a young child once described an exotic car to me after we spotted it on the highway.

The towhees are gone and the juncos and white throated sparrows have arrived. There are reports of many evening grosbeaks showing up around the state. We have enjoyed these colorful visitors several times in other random years and hope to see them this time around. The usual chickadees, nuthatches and titmice are coming in voraciously to the feeders with the nuthatches most abundant. I suspect there is less natural food available due to late frost and dry conditions. The squirrels that I keep trying to outsmart are also prolific and quite intent on overcoming any obstacle to reach the feeders. They may also be finding less in the forest to meet their needs. It seems there are less of certain species we are used to seeing. There are but a few blue jays coming around and their calls are eerily less heard in the forest. Same with cardinals, crows and ravens. West Nile virus is our suspect. Another distressing discovery was a few gypsy moth caterpillars this past summer. Now as I work in the woods, I am finding egg masses here and there. I destroy the ones I can reach but some are 40’ up an oak in the middle of the woods. We haven’t had a major outbreak of these since the 1980’s. I’m hoping natural controls keep them within reason.

In preparation for rifle deer season, along with my brother and granddaughter, we assessed our current deer stands and built a new one. When we started hunting deer 40 years ago we built stands in trees using scrap wood from the local sawmill and lots of nails. Then I started becoming informed on the care of one’s forest. On a forest tour of a woodland owners association member’s property we saw some beautiful home built deer stands. They did not damage the trees. They were built to stand independently, keep the occupants dry and fairly out of the wind with space for at least two people. One had been built with a ramp for wheelchair access.

We ran with this idea and built our first “skybox.” We looked carefully for the appropriate place and generally have been successful in getting them where deer move through. The first built was by a guest hunter who paid for all new pressure treated lumber and plywood. It was beautiful and the envy of us who were still without roofs. That stand was eventually destroyed by a tree falling in a microburst. The second skybox replaced a stand we had high in the space between 3 very tall oaks that grew from the same stump. When there was wind, that stand moved – a lot. We called it the roller coaster. We pulled every nail and board from those trees and built a true skybox in front of the tree. The floor is 16’ off the ground and the roof is 8’ above that. We have hauled a wooden child’s outdoor play set, after removing the sliding board and swing set, to a spot at the top of a side hollow. We installed a bench, put on a roof and it was ready to go. The built in ladder works well to get up into it.

This year, as we increase the number of family hunters from among the younger crowd, we needed another stand. We placed it at the western end of the 12 acre golden winged warbler cut. It has great views of various edges and related deer trails. It also has great views of the Bald Eagle Ridge, the State Park and the Allegheny plateau. We especially want to thin the herd in this area to help the forest regeneration in the cut. We now build with scraps from other building projects, fence posts, old deck boards and various odd cuts of plywood. The roof is covered with used rubber roofing obtained from a contractor replacing the roof of a commercial building. Deer hunting has come a long way. Comfort and patience is the key on those cold windy days. That has helped us keep the interest of the younger hunters. If they don’t freeze, they stay happy. Imagine.

I planted more paw paw trees that came this fall from a spring order. More exciting is the paw paw seeds I obtained at the Farm Show and from paw paws John Laskowski had brought to the Annual Symposium, had sprouted after 3 months of tending and protecting from chipmunks. This was the third try and it is great to finally see them come up. Three months to germinate! I had given up hope but still kept the containers moist all summer and it paid off. We are looking forward to this addition to our creek bottom.

A lot of change is going on. Seasonal changes, the numbers of some species, deer habits as forest management changes the look of the land, invasives that have resisted eradication, and the people that are out in the woods. The interest of those younger people is essential to continued sustainability of our forests. The interest of all those heading to the woods instead of the movies, concerts and sports for recreation are also a large change. Outdoor supplies are at a premium. What a great opportunity to educate the public on the value of our forests. Also changing are the revenues used to support our forest activities. New on the horizon for private forest landowners is the Carbon Market. While this has provided income for large corporate forest holdings, it is generally unavailable to the smaller privately owned forest plots. As those plots make up the majority of the forest in PA, it makes sense for those dealing in carbon credits to find a way to enroll interested landowners. The American Forest Foundation, parent organization of the Tree Farm Program, along with The Nature Conservancy, is piloting a program in several counties in two areas of the state. This will soon be expanded to the rest of the state. Watch for news on how to enroll if you wish to do so. There are some restrictions on management practices in current contracts. Our PA Tree Farm Coordinators are working with AFF to address the fact that though some landowners would like to sell carbon credits, they do not like that they may be restricted in certain forest management practices. Hopefully the program gets tweaked to the point that it allows for active management while still sequestering plenty of carbon.

This past week the PFA held the Annual Symposium online over 5 days of lunchtimes. The programs each day were great. The speakers were informative and worth hearing. We hope to have the recordings of the sessions up on the website soon. Holding the Symposium online was another change, though we are getting used to this online form of meetings. We had an average of 85 attendees each day and reached a high of 93 on Friday. This is many more than we get at the in person Symposium events in the past. While the online meetings do not provide the social aspect of us getting together and catching up, the numbers tell us that people are interested in attending but perhaps not travelling to an in person meeting. The committee will be meeting to assess the Symposium and will be looking at the format. Next year may be in person if we are able to do so at the time. Perhaps there will be an online option for those who cannot or do not wish to travel to be there. Times are changing. The theme of this year’s Symposium was Exploring Change in Penn's Woods. There is certainly plenty of change going on – much more than I have listed here. Let us make the best of these changes, save what we can and embrace that which will make things better.

Be Safe,

Mark Ott
Deer Stand
Deer Stand with Mark's Granddaughter
Deer Stand with Mark's Granddaughter
Great Fall Colors!
Chestnut Sapling near the Deer Stand
More Fall Colors!
November PATF News You Can Use
2020 Tree Farm of the Year Award
The 2020 PA Tree Farm of the Year award was given during the virtual PA Forestry Association’s 134th Annual Symposium. The award winning tree farm – Keystone Woodland and Field- is from Greene County, PA in the far SW corner. Rebecca Trigger and her son Mark Foley were presented the award and are very excited to be able to share their story with fellow forest enthusiasts. The farm is about140 acres with 100 acres of forested land that is mostly hardwoods in various stages of growth.  Rebecca purchased the farm in 1994, but, as she says, the “educated” forest management did not start until 2014. Since this time, she and her son became Forest Stewards, joined their local Woodland Owners group, and got certified in Game of Logging Chainsaw safety. While most of the management work is done by Rebecca and Mark, they have successfully reached out and formed partnerships to assist. There was (please note-“was”) a mile-a-minute invasive weed problem on the property and through a collaboration with West Virginia University and the US Forest Service, this pest has been nearly eliminated from the property. West Virginia University and the US Forest Service provided a biological control which happens to be a beetle that is very small so can easily be transported over the mile-a-minute infestation and dropped by drone. Keystone Woodland and afield tree farm became a test site for this new technology. They have reached out to a local high school’s Envirothon team, where the farm provides a training site and the students will sometimes help with bigger projects like a tree planting. Keystone Woodland and Field hires an intern from this group every year to assist with the management. 

Rebecca and Mark will be planning an educational tour of their property sometime in 2021. There is much more to see so please plan to attend. Congratulations to Rebecca and Mark!
Tree Farm Inspector of the Year Award
The 2020 Tree Farm Inspector of the Year was awarded to Robb Piper at the virtual PA Forestry Association’s 134th Annual Symposium. This is the second time that Robb has won this award and it is well deserved. Robb is a great ambassador for PA Tree Farm. Over the last year, he has re-inspected five tree farms and brought in eleven new tree farmers. In the big picture this means that 16 forests are being managed responsibly! A well-run state Tree Farm Committee should have volunteers from woodland owners, foresters, and, government and industry employees and Robb has helped PA Tree Farm Committee be successful by actively participating for more than twenty years. Robb continues to help PA Tree Farm by remaining an active Tree Farm Inspector who gives value to the program by visiting with the tree farmers to validate that what happens behind the Tree Farm sign as good forestry.
The 134th Annual Symposium Review
A Note from the Committee
As the saying goes, “There is a first time for everything.” For the PFA 2020 Annual Symposium that saying rang true. The association’s first ever virtual symposium took place October 26 through October 30, with a one-hour program from noon to 1:00 pm each day. Educational presentations as well as our annual conservation awardee recognition were part of the program. Our first-time venture into the realm of a virtual symposium was by all indications, hugely successful. Over-all, registration was around 180 with daily attendance averaging 85.

The symposium theme was Exploring Change in Penn’s Woods, and the presentations offered provided valuable information and insight. Presenters included: Dr. Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, The PA State University; Greg Czarnecki, Director of Applied Climate Science, PA DCNR; Dr. Benjamin Jones, President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society; Jonathan Geyer, Hardwood Development Specialist, PA Hardwood Development Council, PA Dept. of Ag; Kevin Yoder, Conservation Forester, The Nature Conservancy, PA Chapter; Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of the PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources, and Ellen Shultzabarger, PA State Forester and Director of DCNR Bureau of Forestry. All presentations will be available on the PFA Website by December 1 at

This year’s symposium was offered at no charge to attendees due to the generous support of symposium sponsors. (A complete list will be on the website and published in “PA Forests” magazine.)

We extend a Tree-mendous thank you to all our presenters, program hosts, attendees, and sponsors.

We also send congratulations to the 2020 Rothrock, Dock, Cochran, and Tree Farm awardees.

-The Pennsylvania Forestry Association Symposium Committee
2020 PFA Service to Conservation Award Recipients
Renee’ Carey 2020 Rothrock Award Recipient

The Pennsylvania Forestry Association 2020 Dr. Joseph Trimble Rothrock Conservationist of the Year Award recognized Renee” Carey. Renee’, has served PFA in many capacities as a board member and volunteer supporting forest, land, and water conservation. In 2019 Renee’ celebrated 25 years with the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy where she is currently the executive director. She is widely respected for her work ethic, passion for conservation, and leadership in the conservation community. The plaque she received read, “Renee’ consistently demonstrates her commitment to conservation of land, forests, and water and the communities that depend on wise resource use. She actively seeks partnerships with state agencies, county conservation districts, non-profit organizations, and landowners to protect and conserve natural resources for recreation and jobs today and to allow future generations similar opportunities. She is known for encouraging and guiding people to steward natural resources with the vision to nourish communities. Her passion for this work clearly emulates the values she shares with Dr. Rothrock’s concern for natural resource stewardship.
Jean Devlin 2020 Cochran Award Recipient

Jean Devin was the 2020 recipient of the Sandy Cochran Award for Excellence in Natural Resources Education. Jean’s career has focused on educating the public, young and old, about nature. Though her years of public service in the DCNR Bureau of State Parks, and now in the DCNR Bureau of Forestry, she has worked tirelessly to move educational efforts forward. Through her efforts and partnerships, she has worked to reinvigorate natural resource education across the state. She is a creative force in the Bureau of Forestry helping to promote messages of good forest stewardship by integrating nature education into new and existing Bureau programs.
Sally Zaino 2020 PFA Mira Dock Award Recipient

This year the Pennsylvania Forestry Association presented its Mira Lloyd Dock Outstanding Woman Conservationist Award to Sally Zaino. A native of Harrisburg, Sally is respected in the conservation community for fostering relations with various government and community entities where she is known for her commitment to conservation where she demonstrates a “boots on the ground” philosophy. Sally’s plaque inscription read “As founding member of Manada Conservancy, Sally has pioneered the conservancy’s mission of land preservation and environmental education since its inception. Through her leadership, the conservancy has protected 2500 acres in Dauphin County. Understanding the need to conserve important places, Sally adds her expertise to statewide conservation through service to state and local conversations. Like Mira Lloyd Dock, Sally is a respected and proven leader in the conservation community where she demonstrates the ability to work constructively with partners, government, and community organizations. She is a true friend of the forest and land.”
Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, PA Forestry Association Recognize 3 Women With Mira Lloyd Dock Awards
One of our sponsors for the Annual Symposium this year was PA Environmental Digest. They wrote up a wonderful article about the winners of the Mira Lloyd Dock Awards. Click the link to read:
Women Honored for Conservation and Urban Beautification Work in Under-Served Harrisburg, Lancaster Communities
Rafiyqa Muhammad with her Mira Dock Award presented by Keystone 10 Million Trees Program
Kristen Thomas with her Mira Dock Award presented by Keystone 10 Million Trees Program
(HARRISBURG) – The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership awarded its first Mira Lloyd Dock Partnership Diversity Awards to Rafiyqa Muhammad of Harrisburg and Kristen Thomas of Lancaster on Friday. The women were recognized for their conservation and urban beautification work in under-represented portions of their communities.

“This award was created to honor the spirit of Mira Lloyd Dock, who pursued urban beautification and forest conservation at a time when women or people of color were not welcomed at the decision table,” said Brenda Sieglitz, Manager of the partnership, coordinated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).

“Rafiyqa and Kristen embody that spirit in their work in their respective cities of Harrisburg and Lancaster through their community outreach, engaging with under-represented communities, and bringing resources to residents who otherwise may not have access to nature,” Sieglitz added.

The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership presented the awards to Muhammad and Thomas during the Pennsylvania Forestry Association’s (PFA) virtual annual meeting on Friday.

The PFA also presented its Mira Lloyd Dock Outstanding Woman Conservationist Award to Sally Zaino during that meeting.

The Keystone partnership presented Muhammad, Thomas, and Zaino with $5,000 worth of trees and supplies each, to help advance their efforts.

Muhammad plans to use the prize to provide trees for a proposed Memorial Native Tree garden to honor those who lost their lives in the City of Harrisburg to violence and COVID-19 and to educate about the value of trees.

“We did a survey a few years ago about trees and it came back “Take ‘em all out,’ because they are damaging property,” Muhammad said. “So now we have a lot of people who hate them. That’s because they are not educated about trees, what trees are and how they impact our community.”

Muhammad hopes the communities she serves and is part of, sees trees differently as a result of the memorial. “If people can have that attachment and then we give them educational background about trees, I have a feeling that they will be more able to take care of the trees and make sure they grow, because now you have a personal attachment,” she said. “We as a community have to take care of trees and be involved in this as well.”

Muhammad was nominated by Molly Cheatum, CBF’s Restoration Manager in Pennsylvania.

“Rafiyqa considers the distressed neighborhoods of Alison Hill, Berry Hill, Camp Curtin to be home and has worked hard to encourage residents to plant urban gardens, trees, and keep the City of Harrisburg clean,” Molly Cheatum said.

“In 2018, she educated 250 people on invasive species, trees, and rain gardens. The rain gardens are being cared for and maintained by the community,” Cheatum added. “Rafiyqa is certified in permaculture and has been growing food for conservation and consumption for over 15 years. The community has asked her to talk about ways to grow food alongside rain gardens.”

Kirsten Thomas was nominated by Shea Zwerver, Policy Specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Karl Graybill, Environmental Planner for the City of Lancaster. She is being recognized for her work with under-represented residents in the City of Lancaster and for establishing Lancaster Tree Tenders.

“Since 2016, Kristen has been leading and organizing Arbor Day, and street tree and riparian buffer planting events in the City of Lancaster,” Karl Graybill said. “Many of these events are held in environmental justice neighborhoods and involve community residents in planting activities.”

“Kristen identified neighborhoods within Lancaster City that were lacking in tree canopy and organized a tree planting over Earth Day 2019 at a low-income, predominantly Latinx housing development,” Shea Zwerver said. “She worked diligently to connect with the property owners and tenants to ensure all parties were supportive of a tree planting. She then recruited volunteers from beyond Lancaster Tree Tenders; individuals from state agencies, local non-profits, and private industry all came out to help tenants plant trees.”

For Thomas, the Dock award will provide trees to continue her work with the diverse residents of Lancaster and to increase the tree canopy there.

“It’s impressive what Mira Lloyd Dock did, so it’s humbling to be recognized with somebody of that caliber,” Thomas said.

“There really wasn’t a true tree focus in the City of Lancaster, even though there’s always been a tree program, so we decided that Tree Tenders could be formed,” Thomas added. It’s kind of fun to see something come out of nothing and really make a difference to the city’s urban canopy.

“It’s one thing doing plantings in certain areas but really getting people involved in those areas is the next step we need to work on as a group,” Thomas added.

Mira Lloyd Dock is recognized as the first Pennsylvania woman to lead the way in forest conservation. She was an advocate for Penn’s Woods and in 1901 was appointed to the State Forest Reservation Commission by Pennsylvania Governor William Stone. The Commission’s goal was to purchase tens of thousands of acres of clear-cut forest that were abandoned by logging companies.
Dock teamed up with Harrisburg businessman J. Horace McFarland on a Harrisburg plan that built 900 acres of new city parks, public lakes, athletic fields, playgrounds, and sewage control that won national attention. It also included a water-treatment plant and sewer lines.
Dock lectured and taught at the new State Forestry Academy in Mont Alto, which she helped found. She used her own textbook, which discussed all trees that grew in Pennsylvania and where they flourished.

Dock was also part of the movement led by McFarland, to preserve Niagara Falls.

CBF launched the Keystone partnership in 2018, focused on Pennsylvania’s Clean Water Blueprint goal of planting 95,000 acres of forested buffers by the end of 2025.
Trees are among the most cost-effective tools for cleaning and protecting waterways by filtering and absorbing polluted runoff, stabilizing streambanks, and improving soil quality. Placed in parks, municipal properties and other urban and suburban settings, trees absorb and clean stormwater, reduce flooding, and help restore abandoned mine land.

Urban trees provide cooling shade and windbreaks that reduce energy costs in all seasons, provide noise buffers for quieter neighborhoods, and reduce air pollution that improves air quality. Studies have also shown that trees make city-dwellers happier, healthier, and more connected to their communities.
The partnership is a collaborative effort of 149 partner groups representing national, regional, state, and local agencies, conservation organizations, watershed groups, conservancies, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses, and individuals.

Since 2018, cumulative efforts by CBF, the partnership and others across Pennsylvania have planted roughly 1.74 million trees.

The learn more about the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, visit
Forestry Happenings
An Introduction to Forests, Carbon Sequestration and Markets
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

An Introduction to Forests, Carbon Sequestration and Markets webinar is for forest owners and land managers, offering an introduction to how forests store carbon, carbon markets, and opportunities in Pennsylvania.

Tue., Nov. 24, 2020 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET)
Tue., Dec. 15, 2020 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET)

Webinar Access
The link to access the webinar is provided immediately upon completion of registration in your registration confirmation email.

Who Should Attend?
  • Forest Owners
  • Forest Stewards 
  • Land Managers
  • Anyone Interested in Carbon and Climate Change 
  • Anyone Interested in Participating in Carbon Markets or a Carbon Program
Credits Available
  • Society of American Foresters CFE Credits 

Photo by Mark Ott
Arborist Short Course Series
Registration Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021

Designed to increase working tree knowledge and professional arborist skills, successful completion of the ten-day Arborist Short Course Series webinars will prepare participants for the ISA Certified Arborist exam, as well as improve their marketability.


Tue., Jan. 19, 2021 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET)
Thu., Jan. 21, 2021 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET)
Tue., Jan. 26, 2021 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET)
Thu., Jan. 28, 2021 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET)
Tue., Feb. 2, 2021 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET)
Thu., Feb. 4, 2021 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET)
Tue., Feb. 9, 2021 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET)
Thu., Feb. 11, 2021 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET)
Tue., Feb. 16, 2021 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET)
Thu., Feb. 18, 2021 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET)
Discovering PA's Forest Heritage Has the First Video Posted!
The PA Forestry Association in cooperation with the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art is proud to bring you the first video in the “Discovering PA’s Forest Heritage” series. This video introduces the series and provides an overview of what you can see and learn about the rich legacy of forest conservation and stewardship at the Forest Heritage Discovery Center at Caledonia State Park near Fayetteville, PA. Walk through the Discovery Center with us on a virtual tour of the displays showcasing the Civilian Conservation Corps(CCC’s), wildfire fighting gear and equipment, forest conservation heroes, and Smokey Bear. Future videos in the series will dig deeper into these and other forest conservation features of the Center.

The Forest Heritage Discovery Center is normally open for visitation in the summer months. For days and hours of operation visit the PA Forestry Association Website: or Facebook Page:
Woods in Your Backyard Webinar Series
The Woods in Your Backyard Webinar Series teaches the stewardship of land through a series of one-hour webinars. Join us from the convenience of your computer to learn how landowners, of even just a few acres, can positively influence the environment by implementing simple stewardship practices. We hope you can join us!


Wednesdays (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET)
Jan. 27, 2021
Feb. 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2021
Mar. 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2021

Registrations are being accepted!

Picture by Mark Ott
Conservation of Natural Resources Webinar
Establishment and Management of Habitat for Monarchs and Its Value for Other Wildlife

When: December 2, 2020 at 2 pm

With a focus on monarchs in the southeastern U.S. and NRCS conservation planning, learn about key considerations for establishing and managing monarch habitat using Farm Bill programs.

You do not need to pre-register for this webinar. Space is NOT limited. Please plan to join the Webinar 15 to 30 30 minutes so that you can register and successfully join the presentation interface. Approximately 30 minutes before this webinar's start time, the 'Join' button will be activated on this page. Once the 'Join' button is available, you may click the join button and begin the registration process.

Picture by Brittney Viers-Scott
Pennsylvania Forest Seminar Series: Upcoming Events
November, December and January Series Events:
Seeing Past the Green: Managing High-Graded Woodlots
Learn common characteristics of forests that have been high-graded in the past, and strategies to improve the quality of high-graded woodlots with this upcoming webinar.
November 10, 2020
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Assessing and Mitigating Deer Impacts on Woodlands
Property size and ownership objectives influence the options available to limit deer impact. Learn methods to assess and reduce deer impacts on woodlands.
December 8, 2020
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Streamside Buffers and Live Stake Planting
Pennsylvania has over 86,000 miles of streams, more than any other state. Most of our streams run through our forest lands and woodlots, but many run through fields and yards, as well. Learn how to repair eroding banks and what trees to plant.

January 12, 2021
12:00pm or 7:00 pm
USDA Forest Service Now Accepting Applications for Grant Programs Supporting Innovation in Wood Products and Wood Energy
Washington, October 20, 2020 -

The USDA Forest Service announced it is now accepting applications for approximately $10 million in funding through the 2021 Wood Innovations Grant and the 2021 Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant. These grants seek to support local economies through wood products and wood energy innovations while reducing hazardous fuels and improving forest health.

“Healthy and productive markets for wood products and wood energy are integral to supporting sustainable management and improving conditions of our nation’s forested lands,” said Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. “We can enhance the health and resilience of public and private forests while fostering innovation and strengthening economic opportunities around wood products.”

The Wood Innovations Grant program has a long track record of success and seeks to strengthen emerging markets for innovative wood products such as mass timber and cross-laminated timber. Eligible projects would increase wood products manufacturing capacity, strengthen markets that support forest ecosystem restoration and develop commercial facilities for wood biomass and wood products, among others. The application for 2021 Wood Innovations Grants closes January 20, 2021.

The Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant program aims to support forest health by expanding renewable wood energy use and innovative manufacturing for wood products. The grant helps to fund the costs of installing wood energy systems or building innovative wood product facilities. In 2020 the program supported projects in seven rural communities in five states. The application for the 2021 Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant program closes Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
The Forest Service will share information and answer questions on how to apply for the grants during a webinar on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST.

For more information on the grants and instructions on how to attend the webinar, visit the Forest Service’s Wood Innovations website.
2021 PA Timber Show June 4-5, 2021
With FREE admission and FREE parking, the Pennsylvania Timber Show aims to put attendees "in the driver's seat" with hands-on demonstrations of state-of-the-art machinery. This is an opportunity for forest-product companies to enhance their business and production practices, as well as shop for goods and services from commercial vendors, all in one convenient location. Will be held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA. Keep an eye out for more information or feel free to contact Michelle McManus at .
A New Tree Farm in PA!
The Burns' Heritage Farm
One of our newest tree farms sent in this photo proudly displaying their new Tree Farm sign! Thank you Greg Burns, for sending this in!
Working Forests Work Video
Check out this educational video spearheaded by the Keystone Wood Products Association and the Hardwoods Development Council entitled "Working Forests Work". Spread the word that Wood is Good, and our only renewable natural resource.
The PA Department of Agriculture's Hardwoods Development Council has released its State of the Forest Products Industry Report.
Originally designed to educate legislators and the general public on the Commonwealth’s forest products industry, it transformed into much more through collaboration with several other state agencies as well as industry associations. Joining in the effort were the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group, the Keystone Wood Products Association, the Northern Tier Hardwood Association, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee, and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
This document is a detailed, all-encompassing resource that provides not only valuable statistical information over the last decade but also includes updates on every portion of the industry, forest product career programs, and various organization information. 

You can access the completed report at the Department of Agriculture’s HDC webpage.
Grants Available to Help Farmers and Small Businesses Save Money and Reduce Pollution 
Harrisburg, PA – Grant funding for energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects for small business owners and farmers is still available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through the Small Business Advantage Grant program.

“This grant program was created with small businesses and farmers in mind. There are tremendous monetary savings available to Pennsylvania’s small business owners by installing energy-efficient equipment, such as boilers, LED lighting, and Energy Star certified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Pennsylvania farmers can also benefit by using these funds to undertake projects which will divert sediment and nutrient runoff from our waterways.”

Pennsylvania farmers and other small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible for the grants. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses. Natural resource protection projects are exempt from the minimums; however, the projects must be able to quantify sediment and nutrient reductions into nearby waterways.

Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds for equipment or materials, up to $7,000, when adopting energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2020-21 funds are exhausted, or Monday, April 12, 2021, whichever occurs first.

The complete grant application package is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office’s site.

To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-5160 or email
National Deer Association
In July, the Quality Deer Management Association and The National Deer Alliance united into the National Deer Association. Their first official day was November 10, 2020 where they shared the new logo, name and strategic vision for safeguarding deer and hunting. To learn more click the button below!
The Pennsylvania Forestry Association | 1(800) 835-8065 | |