Forest Action Plan

Achieving long-term forest sustainability

Pennsylvania, or Penn’s Woods, provides countless benefits and services to its citizens. Pennsylvania’s 17 million acres of forest provide a vast array of values, including clean air and water, recreation opportunities, wood products, and habitats for thousands of plants and animals. Understanding the forest’s status and condition is necessary to conserve it for future generations.

Our Forest Action Plan describes current conditions and trends, identifies priority issues, delineates priority landscapes, and sets the stage for developing long-term management strategies. It evaluates the condition of Pennsylvania’s forests across all ownerships and establishes a framework for achieving long-term forest sustainability.


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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