Statewide Biennial Forest Landowners Conference, Enriching Woodland Values, To Take Place in Altoona on March 24-25, 2017
Altoona, PA—January 18, 2017 —Hundreds of landowners, natural resource professionals, and conservationists interested in forests will gather at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA March 24 and 25 to learn how to better care for their woodlands. “Enriching Woodland Values” is the theme for the third biennial Forest Landowners Conference, which will feature professional presentations, informative and inspiring keynote talks, field tours, and workshops on a variety of wildlife and woodland related topics aimed to equip landowners with information and resources to effectively steward their woods.
“With nearly 12 million acres of woodlands held by nearly 740,000 owners in Pennsylvania alone, landowners are making decisions about the care and future of their woodlands every day. Whether it is one or one thousand acres, each property is different and every owner’s relationship with the land is unique. This conference will provide the information, resources, and connections needed to improve woodland stewardship at all levels,” says Dr. Jim Finley, Pennsylvania State University Extension Forester and Director of the Center for Private Forests.
During the nearly 100 presentations scheduled on Friday and Saturday, conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn about improving wildlife habitat, getting invasive plants under control, ideas for supplemental income, tools and technology for the woods, restoring degraded woodlands, conservation strategies for the legacy of their woodland, tax tips and financial insights, and much more. In addition, the exhibit hall will showcase dozens of forest-related tools and services from vendors and service providers. Attendees can arrive early on Friday morning to attend one of the optional pre-conference field tours or in-depth workshops.
A keynote talk by Dr. Jeff Larkin, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will kick off the conference on Friday. An expert in forestry, wildlife ecology, and conservation implementation, Dr. Larkin has worked closely with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to deliver conservation programs to benefit forests, forest birds, and forest owners, and also serves as the Forest Birds Habitat Coordinator for the American Bird Conservancy.
Susan Morse, founder of Keeping Track, offers the Friday night banquet keynote address based on her years of tracking and photographing wildlife. Dr. Bern Sweeney, Director, President, and Senior Research Scientist at the Stroud Water Research Center, will close out the conference with a presentation based on his years of applied research experience understanding stream function, ecology, and protection.
Registration and conference details are available online at ecosystems.psu.edu/forest-conference. Online registration closes March 17; participants may still register through March 20 by calling 1-877-778-2937; “walk-in” registrations will also be welcomed.
About The Center for Private Forests
The Center for Private Forests, located on the campus of Penn State, University Park, is a community of people committed to the stewardship of forested landscapes. The Center brings people together to share knowledge and experience to care for trees, woods, water, and wildlife. Its network of volunteers and professionals works to promote best practices in forest care and management, helping people regardless of their level of knowledge or acreage owned. The Center combines the benefits of both applied academic research and direct, local experience throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. It stands ready to help landowners make sound decisions and implement successful practices to address the challenges woodland owners face as they care for their land.
Sara Banker, Conference Organizer /