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Forest Action Plan

Achieving long-term forest sustainability

Pennsylvania’s forests provide an array of benefits and values, including clean water, clean air, climate change mitigation, recreation opportunities, wood products, and habitats for thousands of plants and animals. Sustaining these values for future generations requires an understanding of the conditions and trends of forests and trees, along with a shared vision and coordination among many stakeholders, including agencies, landowners, forest industry, natural resource professionals, conservation organizations, community leaders, and policymakers. This Forest Action Plan describes current conditions and trends of forests across all ownerships, identifies 11 priority issues, delineates priority landscapes, and provides a suite of broad strategies to ensure the long-term sustainability of Pennsylvania’s forests and trees.

Best Management Practices

Pennsylvania’s best management practices (BMPs) program is quasi-regulatory. The agencies responsible for BMPs policy development are the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry, Penn State Extension, and the SFI Implementation Committee.

Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.

Click the following links to view available BMP monitoring data and implementation rates from NASF’s 2015 BMP survey and NASF’s 2019 BMP survey.

Pennsylvania Forestry Publications

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