We believe William Penn would be proud of the forest stewardship efforts the Pennsylvania Forestry Association has made on behalf of Penn’s beloved New World Colony. In 1681, Penn admonished the colonists to leave one acre of trees for every five acres cleared. We have done better than that. Approximately three of five acres in the Commonwealth are forests—forests that provide resources benefiting not only all Pennsylvanians but people beyond the borders of our state, the coastlines of our country.
Our forests influence and touch our lives every day. What would the quality of our water or air be without forests? Where would our wildlife live? Where else would we go for refuge and inspiration? What other natural resource offers us food, paper, and furniture prized the world over for the quality of its wood? With science-based forest management, our forest—Penn’s Woods—will remain and thrive, renewing with each generation to serve humanity in countless ways.
There is much concern today about environmental degradation and forest depletion. Since 1886, The Pennsylvania Forestry Association has been working to promote forest stewardship to ensure the sustainability of all forest resources. Among our members are forest landowners, forest industries, resources professionals, loggers, private citizens, environmental groups, and businesses who care about Pennsylvania’s forest resources. Working together we can ensure the sustainability of our forests and the vital resources they provide. Our stewardship efforts today will assure future generations a strong, healthy working Penn’s Woods.
Promote forest stewardship to ensure forest sustainability to benefit all Pennsylvanians, now and into the future.
To be a leading proponent of sustainable forestry in Pennsylvania and provide a network for the exchange of ideas and information.
President: Richard Lewis ***
Vice-President: Mark Ott ***
Secretary: Gay Thistle ***
Treasurer: Greg Schrum ***
Immediate Past President: Gene F. Odato ***
Mark Ott: Term expires 2016
Jim Walizer: Term expires 2016
Nancy Baker ***: Term expires 2017
Terry Hoffman: Term expires 2017
George Kirik: Term expires 2017
John D. Laskowski: Term expires 2017
Dave Twining ***: Term expires 2018
Renee Carey: Term expires 2016
Martin Melville: Term expires 2016
Michael Eckley: Term expires 2017
Hunter Sauffer: Term expires 2017
Darrel Reibson: Term expires 2018
Mark Ridall: Term expires 2018
Matt Sampson ***: Term expires 2018
Government & Academia
Ben Jones: Term expires 2016
Craig Houghton: Term expires 2016
Julianne Schieffer: Term expires 2016
Dave Jackson: Term expires 2017
Andrew Duncan: Term expires 2018
Cecile Stelter ***: Term expires 2018
Rachel Reyna: Term expires 2016
Robert (Robb) W. Piper, Jr.
PA Forest Landowner Associations’ Representative to the Board
2015 Pennsylvania Tree Farmer of the Year
Harold and Gay Thistle
Penn State Ag Council & Nominating Chair
Linda Finley & Nancy Baker
Outreach & Membership
Forestry Industry (HDC)
PA Tree Farm Program
Big Trees Program
Rothrock Award Committee
Annual Meeting Committee
*** Denotes 2015-2016 Executive Team Member
The Pennsylvania Forestry Association
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