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Bob & Jane Slagter, Tree Farmers of the Year 2018

Warren County, 52 Acres

The 2018 Tree Farmers of the Year are Bob and Jane Slagter of Bradfordwoods, PA. The Slagters became certified in the Tree Farm program in 2006. The Slagter Tree Farm is in Southwest Township, Warren County along Caldwell Creek near the village of Dotyville where they built a beautiful 'camp' --- appropriately called "The Creek House" made from wood taken off the property. The Slagter's philosophy, "The land provides. Whatever you put into the land … time, money, effort, resources --- goes back into the soil, and provides what you need and more."

In addition to being a Tree Farmer, Bob is also a Pennsylvania Forest Steward Volunteer and currently serves as Chairman of the Forest Stewards Steering Committee. He also writes a bi-monthly column for their Newsletter. He participates as well on the board of the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, a land trust dedicated to protecting forested land and natural ecosystems while supporting rural communities through working forests. Lastly, Bob was recently honored as the Warren County Forest Landowner of the Year.

In 1994, Bob signed up for the Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship program and generated their first forest management plan for their then, 37 acres. One of their initial objectives was to implement some stream improvement projects. In 1995, they received funding for stream improvement work. That began the more than 20-year effort to improve the health, sustainability and productivity of their forested acreage, which has now grown to its current size of 52 acres. In the spring of 2018, a riparian buffer project was implemented by the Slagters that included the planting of over 400 trees by students from nearby Titusville High School.

Some other projects that they have completed on their property include: firewood cutting, tree planting, herbicide treatments, removal of undesirable, competing understory vegetation, and improvements to an old railroad bed that is a public access point for fishing in Caldwell Creek.

The Slagter's are honored with this designation and invite everyone to a celebration of their Warren County Tree Farm in the spring of 2019!