The tours and presentations have been finalized for Penn State's first statewide Private Forest Landowners Conference, and the program promises to be unparalleled for providing forest stewardship information to Pennsylvania citizens.
A well-known conservationist and a prominent ecologist will offer keynote addresses at Penn State's first statewide Private Forest Landowners Conference.
To be held May 10-11 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, the event will be hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences' Center for Private Forests. Focusing on the future of Pennsylvania forests, the day-and-a-half conference will reach out to owners of all sizes of woodlands, from backyard woodlot owners to those who view their woodlands as business ventures
Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvania is covered by forests, with more than 70 percent of those woodlands privately owned. Recent estimates indicate Pennsylvania has more than 600,000 private forest landowners, representing about one out of every nine households.
To better serve these landowners and advise them about forest conservation, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has created the Center for Private Forests.