Thursday, January 17, 2019

Pennsylvania's Wood Industry Econmic Impact

Back in August 2018, the American Forest and Paper Association (AFPA) produced an industry economic impact fact sheet for each state.  I wanted to share some of the statistics for Pennsylvania with you here.  According to the Pennsylvania fact sheet, the total employment in the forestry, logging, wood products and pulp/paper industries is 53,937.  AFPA found there are a total of 263 manufacturing facilities in the state.  

This differs slightly from the DCNR Bureau of Forestry's 2013 Timber Products Output Survey.  That publication lists 284 companies in the directory out of 312 that returned surveys.  Companies were located in 62 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.

According to the AFPA fact sheet, the value of industry shipments is over $16-million.  The annual estimated state and local taxes paid by these industries amounts to $196-million.  This is on an area of 16.9 million acres of forest land, 59% of the state's land area.

To view the AFPA fact sheet click here. For other states, visit the website at Use the orange "search" field in the upper right hand corner of the webpage and type in the name of the state you wish to find. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Helping landowners care for their woods

Webinar series will help landowners care for their woods

Do you have woods in your backyard? Penn State research estimates that nearly half a million Pennsylvanians own a small patch of woodland -- something less than 10 acres in size. In fact, the vast majority of Pennsylvania landowners have fewer than 10 acres. These small patches add up to about a million acres, or about 10 percent, of our state’s privately held woodlands.

The "Woods in Your Backyard" webinar series teaches land stewardship through eight live, one-hour, online evening lectures that can be viewed on your home computer. Sessions run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights for eight weeks beginning Feb. 6. All lectures are recorded and can be viewed later if a live session is missed.

Sponsored by Penn State Extension and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: Forests for the Bay Program, the webinar series is designed specifically, but not exclusively, for smaller landscapes. These small lots, whether wooded or not, can provide numerous benefits. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your property, you can enjoy wildlife, recreation, aesthetics, improved water quality and reduced energy costs. Owners of even the smallest landscapes can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices.

The workshop series introduces the manual, “The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home.” All participants will receive the full-color, 108-page publication, a $29 value. This self-directed book will guide you through the process of developing and implementing projects to enhance your land’s natural resources.

Topics covered in the webinars will include the following:

             Woods and healthy watersheds.
             Tree and shrub identification.
             Providing and enhancing wildlife habitat.
             Forest ecology and soils.
             Woodlot management techniques.
             Invasive plant identification and control.
             Converting open land to meadows and woods.

For more information and to register, visit the Penn State Extension website at or call 877-345-0691. The registration deadline is Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.