Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Announcing the Central Region Forest Landowners Conference

Forest Landowner Conference Being Offered

Penn State Extension, in partnership with Penn State School of Forest Resources, Woodland Owners Association of Centre County, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission are pleased to announce the 2012 Central Region Forest Landowners Conference. The conference is scheduled from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Saturday, February 25, 2012, at the Penn State School of Forest Resources Building, University Park, PA.

This year’s conference provides valuable updates and information for Pennsylvania’s forest landowners. Some of the topics include: the young forest initiative by the Wildlife Management Institute, a closer look at the American Tree farm System by the American Forest Foundation, how to manage openings for wild turkeys and other wildlife by the National Wild Turkey Federation, how to pass your forest on to your heirs by the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, how to interpret the forested landscape by the Penn State School of Forest Resources, as well as many other informative topics.

Pennsylvania has nearly 17 million acres of forests covering 60% of the state’s land area. The largest share of Pennsylvania’s forest is privately owned, accounting for more than 70% of the forested acres (12.5 million acres). Estimates put the number of private forest owners at more than 600,000. That’s approximately 1 in 8 households! The decisions these owners make today will greatly affect all the benefits we receive from our forests now and in the future.

Pennsylvania’s forests support a forest products industry that is a key component of the state’s economy. They also provide habitat for a diversity of plants and wildlife, serve as a place to recreate, and are a source of beauty. Our forests also help to purify the air we breathe and the water we drink. The forests of Pennsylvania are a renewable resource. Please plan to attend this year’s conference to learn how you can properly manage your forest to ensure it provides continued benefits into the future.

To register click here or for more information contact the Penn State Extension office in Centre County at 814-355-4897 or e-mail CentreExt@psu.edu. The registration fee is $25.00 per person and includes presentations, a luncheon, and educational materials. The deadline for registration is Monday, February 17th. Participants must be pre-registered. To view program information and register on-line go to: agsci.psu.edu/forest-landowners/central.

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Centre County Cooperative Extension at 814-355-4897 in advance of your participation of visit

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