UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The first statewide Private Forest Landowners' Conference, hosted by the Center for Private Forests in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be held May 10-11, at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pa.
Focusing on the future of Penn's Woods, the day-and-a-half event will reach out to owners of all sizes of woodlands, from backyard woodlot owners to those who view their vast woodlands as business ventures -- and those in between.
Pennsylvania's privately owned forests and woodlands are our dominant landscape feature, representing 12 million acres and owned by more than 650,000 individuals, according to James Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources and director of the Center for Private Forests.
"These lands provide diverse benefits and values to their owners and society," he said. "To ensure the sustainability of these resources it is essential to consider its ecological, social and economic values. Doing this brings together a diverse suite of stakeholders who care about private forests.
"Individually they may rank values and needs differently; however, the conservation and management of healthy forests is foundational."
The 2013 Private Forest Landowners Conference: The Future of Penn's Woods will spotlight the conservation and management of healthy forests with the intent of bringing together people who want to demonstrate a commitment to forest sustainability.
"It will provide an educational forum for finding common ground, expressing shared perspectives and creating a voice for promoting forest values and responsible, purposeful forest stewardship," Finley said.
Conference presentation tracks, offered by regionally and nationally recognized experts, will include woods wildlife, forests and water, backyard woods, planning for your forest's future, weeds and threats to forest health, alternative energy, recreation, tending your trees, and more.
Forestry, wildlife, land and water exhibitors will offer displays and demonstrations to showcase tools and services available to those interested in the woods.
The program will begin at 1 p.m. May 10 with general and concurrent sessions. There will be an opportunity to view displays and meet exhibitors in advance of the program start. There will be an optional banquet that evening with keynote addresses and a silent auction.
The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 with more general and concurrent sessions. All meals and breaks are included in the registration fee. Pre-conference field tours (at additional cost to cover transportation) will also be available on the morning of May 10.
Those interested in becoming a sponsor, an exhibitor or an attendee should contact Allyson Muth at 814-865-3208 or by email at email@example.com.