Penn State Cooperative Extension

“Pennsylvania’s forests cover nearly 60 percent of the state,” says James Finley, Extension Forester and Director of Penn State’s Center for Private Forests. “Around 70 percent of those forests – nearly 12 million acres – are held by 738,000 individuals. Penn State Cooperative Extension provides research-based education and outreach to help those folks make good resource management decisions, which often include wildlife-focused values. In working with the Young Forest Initiative, we seek to encourage management activities that lead to successful forest regeneration, control competing and invasive plants, and provide better habitat for wildlife that need diverse, healthy, and productive woodlands.”