September 2017
Pennsylvania Forestry Association
News You Can Use
Labor Day may mark the end of summer, but that means we are that much closer to the exciting fall events planned by the Pennsylvania Forestry Association! Be sure to update your calendars with the fun-filled opportunities offered by the Pennsylvania Forestry Association this fall including the Walk in Penn's Woods and the upcoming Annual Meeting! You won't want to miss what's in this month's issue of the News You Can Use!

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Ag Progress Days
Thanks to all who helped to staff the PFA’s exhibit at Ag Progress Days and to those who stopped by to chat! A special thanks to Linda Finley who organizes and facilitates the display every year. Linda and PA SFI Program Manager (our exhibit “neighbor”) are pictured.
PFA’s 131 st Annual Meeting
The PFA’s Annual Meeting registration form (click here) with details about the Friday and Saturday activities was included in the Summer issue of Pennsylvania Forests which was mailed recently. Plan to join us on Friday, October 27 th at the Seven Springs Resort in Seven Springs, PA for the Log-A-Load for Kids Sporting Clay Shoot at 2:00 p.m. and the PFA Board meeting at 7:00 p.m. Saturday morning, October 28 kicks off with PFA’s annual business meeting, Board of Directors elections and a morning presentation followed by lunch at the resort and an afternoon field trip to the Babcock Lumber Company and several private forest landowner properties. The Saturday evening banquet included an awards ceremony and a presentation by a former PFA President, Walt Peechatka, titled “A Walk in the Woods with PFA: Then, Now, Tomorrow.” Plan to join us for a weekend of education and camaraderie!
Walk in Penn’s Woods
On Sunday, October 1, bring your friends and family to the woods. As part of a statewide day of woods walks, Walk in Penn’s Woods aims to get people out to enjoy the woods, and to learn about how these woods work for us – from recreation and wildlife habitat to seeing the outcomes of timber harvests and learning about the history of lumbering in Pennsylvania.

As of August 28, there are over 50 walks scheduled across the state, with many more still in planning stages. The October 1 walks are happening on state forests, game-lands, and parks, in the Allegheny National Forest, on municipality-owned watersheds, in city parks, and on the properties of woodland owners. Each walk will highlight different values we hold for the woods and provide opportunities for visitors to interact with knowledgeable landowners and natural resources professionals. Some walks are guided walks; others will have stations set up to inform visitors about just what’s going on in the woods. The walks will happen rain or shine.

If you’ve ever had questions, or want to increase your understanding of the woods, come out for this statewide day celebrating Penn’s Woods. Up-to-date listings of the walks can be found on
Mini Grant Application - Walk in Penn's Woods
 The Pennsylvania Forestry Association is offering approximately twenty-five “mini” grants of $100 each to defray the expenses of forest landowners who conduct educational walks for youth groups, government officials, clubs/associations, or the general public on their (or other) forestlands as part of the October 1, 2017 “Walk in Penn’s Woods” Program. The grant funds can be used to defray your educational walk event expenses (food and beverage, signage, advertising/promotion/ publicity, porta potty rental, etc.) Grant awards will be on a “first come, first served” basis based on the date the grant application is received. Send in your application TODAY!
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 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.
TF Committee Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, September 7, 2017  10:00-2:00
Sunset West Restaurant  Pleasant Gap, PA

2016 PA Tree Farmer of the Year Celebration
Saturday, October 7, 2017  Start time: 9:30 AM
Jim and Jan Kessler's 43 acre Tree Farm located in Susquehanna County  
742 State Route 1018  Hallstead, PA  18822       570-879-4604

Traveling north on I-81 take New Milford Exit #223 & at the exit ramp turn left on Route 292 to New Milford. At the stop sign turn right onto US 11 going north.
Travel about a mile on US 11 & then take the 1st left onto OLD Route 11. Travel 1/2 mile, bypass the 1st left, & take the 2nd left onto Franklin Hill Rd. Look at the road sign (This is SR 1018.) Go up this road 3.0 miles. The Tree Farm's driveway is on your left. From New Milford to the Kessler Tree Farm is five miles.

9:30 - Meet and Greet at the Tree Farm
10:00 - Tree Farm Tour
12:00 - Return to the house for a light lunch
1:00 - Travel to Diaz Manufacturing

PATF Program Informational Meeting
Join us for the final " New Face of PA Tree Farm" meeting!
Tuesday, September 19, 2017   6:30-8:00 p.m.
Cambria County  Ebensburg Borough Building  
300 West High Street  Ebensburg, PA  15931
Inspector Training Opportunities & Status Update
ATFS advised us recently that a glitch was discovered in the ATFS Database that affected the records of some active ATFS Inspectors. As a result of a coding error in the database, training expiration dates had been incorrectly calculated for some active inspectors. ATFS apologized for the confusion and advising that this error has been corrected and inspectors will be notified of this along with their corrected training expiration date. If you still have questions regarding the status of your training/certification, please contact Nephtali Chavez at at ATFS.

In addition to face to face and online trainings, American Tree Farm System (ATFS) Inspectors can complete or participate in the activities listed below as a way to extend their active inspector credentials. This enables Inspectors to continue conducting inspections without a lapse in active status or retraining. The newly approved activities include the following:

  • Facilitating an inspector training for the state committee or region as a trained, active ATFS Facilitator. This activity is approved for 2 SAF Category 3 credits.
  • Participating in a third-party field assessment as a representative of the State Tree Farm Committee, a landowner, or client, as an ATFS Inspecting Forester. These activities are approved for 2 SAF Category 3 credits.
  • Participating in an Inspector Mentoring program.
  • Conducting activities as an implementer of an ATFS Independently Managed Group or Individual Certificate holder.
  • Performing an Assessment as a qualified third-party auditor for an ANAB or SCC accredited certification body/auditing firm for an ATFS regional assessment, IMG or Individual Certificate holder.
Sustainable Timber Harvesting Workshop
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Buchanan Forest District Office, McConnellsburg, PA 17233
Penn State Extension, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, and the PA SFI Implementation Committee are proud to provide you with an opportunity to learn how to make proper forest management decisions through our Sustainable Timber Harvesting Workshop. This is a full day workshop with both indoor presentations and outdoor hands-on field activities and demonstrations. This course will strengthen your knowledge of sustainable forest management.

This course is for foresters, loggers, and private forest landowners interested in learning how to care for woodland and make the right decisions about sustainable forest management. To Register: Visit the PA SFI web site: or call (814) 230-2866. Register By: 9/27/17. This workshop has been approved by the PA Sustainable Forestry Initiative for 8 hours of Continuing Forestry Education Credits.
Woods in Your Backyard Workshop – October 7 t h  
Do you have woods in your backyard? Penn State University research estimates that nearly half a million Pennsylvanians own a small patch of woodlands -- something less than ten acres in size. In fact, the average small ownership is about two acres. In sum, these small patches add up to about a million or so acres, or about 10 percent, of our state’s privately held woodlands.

Anyone interested in improving their land or acreage for the benefit of humans, flora and fauna will not want to miss the Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas around Your Home workshop being offered on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus located at 2809 Saucon Valley Rd., Center Valley, Pennsylvania. View the flier here.
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:
Tree Canopy Conference: Green Infrastructure in the Urbanized Environment
When: Friday, October 13 th from 8:15am – 5:00pm
Location: Haverford College, Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium
Fee: $135 (includes lunch)
Student Fee: $80 (includes lunch)

These are challenging times for the communities responsible for maintaining a healthy tree canopy. There seems to be an alarming spread of blights, infestations, and extreme weather affecting our trees resulting in a diminishing tree canopy. Leafy, arching canopies of elm, ash, oak, and London plane trees over our streets and parks are declining. As park, municipal, and college campus managers we must adapt and learn from other professionals who will be sharing their successful tree canopy strategies with us during this day-long conference.
Featured Speakers Include:
  • Jill Jonnes, the author of Urban: Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape discusses the Americans – presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, and nurserymen – who passionately promoted the greening of our cities
  • Jennifer Greenfeld highlights Million Trees NYC, New York City’s ambitious program to plant and care for one million new trees in 10 years.
  • Leslie Brandt considers a framework for adapting urban forests to climate change.
  • Jay Townsend focuses on London plane trees and their popularity and problems.
  • Jason Henning discusses the iTree suite of tools, especially iTree eco that quantifies the benefits of trees, particularly mature trees, in order to effectively communicate them to city councils and concerned citizens.
Register Here:  This conference carries 5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=0.5, P=0, M=4.5)
Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference & Expo – September 12-14, 2017
The Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association is hosting this conference on Building the Bioeconomy is State College on September 12 -14. MABEX is the only biomass energy conference focused on growing industry in the Mid-Atlantic. Now in its third year, MABEX expects to draw 200 attendees and 30 exhibitors to the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, PA September 12-14, 2017. Attendees from industry, government, academia, and nonprofits alike will take advantage of the best technical and cutting edge content shared over 17 dynamic keynote and parallel sessions and 2 bus tours, including 7 sites. MABEX is hosted by the PA Biomass Energy Association with conference partners, the US Forest Service and NEWBio, plus industry sponsors dedicated to growing the production and use of biomass and biogas for fuels, heat, electricity and beyond.

Registration, exhibit and sponsorship details can be found at:
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