About Us

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.

Read the story of the Founding of The Pennsylvania Forestry Association.

We present the following awards for excellence in forestry.

We present the following scholarships to further the aim of education in forestry.


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.

Executive Officers

President: Richard Lewis ***
Vice-President: Mark Ott ***
Secretary: Gay Thistle ***
Treasurer: Greg Schrum ***

Immediate Past President: Gene F. Odato ***

Board of Directors:

Private Sector:
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

Past President
Robert (Robb) W. Piper, Jr.

PA Forest Landowner Associations’ Representative to the Board
Linda Finley

2015 Pennsylvania Tree Farmer of the Year
Harold and Gay Thistle

Student Representative
Aaron Lewis

Penn State Ag Council & Nominating Chair
Marc Lewis

Linda Finley & Nancy Baker

Outreach & Membership
Rich Lewis

Forestry Industry (HDC)
Scott Kurtzman

PA Tree Farm Program
Maureen/John Burnham

Henry Gerhold

Roy Siefert

Big Trees Program
Scott Wade

Rothrock Award Committee
Joe Barnard

Annual Meeting Committee
Cecile Stelter

*** Denotes 2015-2016 Executive Team Member