Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Announcing Penn State's 2015 Private Forest Landowners Conference

2015 Private Forest Landowners Conference: The Future of Penn's Woods
It's time to mark your calendars for the second Private Forest Landowners Conference: The Future of Penn’s Woods which will take place March 20-21, 2015 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA. The biennial conference, hosted by The Center for Private Forests at Penn State and its partners, focuses on helping private woodland owners understand how to steward their lands for a mix of values and needs.

Pennsylvania has almost 750,000 woodland landowners making decisions on 11.5 million acres of forestland, or 70% of the nearly 17 million acres of forested land in the state. Approximately 500,000 of those landowners hold 10 acres or less - the average is just 3 acres. Big or small, the decisions all private woodland owners make about their forests affect the well-being of our state’s namesake – Penn’s Woods.

From suburban backyard habitat to large properties with a focus on hunting or income, woodland owners want to do well by their land. Opportunities to learn and understand our options and possibilities help ensure that good decisions demonstrating care for the land are made.

Whether your woodlot is one acre or several thousand, we hope you will join us for this day and a half conference, where you can learn about your property and how it contributes to habitat, water quality and woodland diversity. Your land and everyone else’s is part of a larger landscape where we connect with each other. Together, we must care for Penn’s Woods.

The conference will include options such as field tours and a banquet, outstanding keynote addresses from nationally-renowned speakers, and myriad presentation and workshop opportunities to learn more about the values you hold for your woods and the goals to set for your property. The conference has also been designed so that you will have significant opportunities to meet new and old friends who share your passion for woodland values.

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