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Forest Products

Pennsylvania’s 17 million acres of forestland provide critical values to society, such as:

  • Clean water
  • Recreation opportunities
  • Plant and animal habitat, and rlant and animal habitat
  • Raw materials for a long-established forest products industry

In Penn’s Woods, forest is still the dominant land-cover type with almost 17 million acres. Pennsylvania’s forests grow some of the most valuable hardwoods in the world.

Forested lands in Pennsylvania provide the raw material for a forest-products industry with revenues greater $5 billion per year, employing about 90,000 people.

The DCNR Bureau of Forestry manages state forest lands for many uses, including sustained yields of quality timber.

Pennsylvania Green Ribbon Task Force

In recent decades, numerous factors have begun to threaten forest-related values and reduce the number of forest-based jobs including:

  • Changing land-use patterns
  • Declines in forest health
  • The economic recession

Related to a strategic initiative on forests, at the direction of Governor Tom Wolf, DCNR and partners convened a Green Ribbon Task Force with experts from private industry, academia, marketing, forest science, economic and workforce development, and related disciplines to analyze current limitations to forest conservation and job growth and to develop an action plan to address both objectives.

The Woods that Work Report (PDF) was released in October 2016. Work groups composed of members of the task force and other partners are focused on implementation of the action steps.

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TIMBER PRODUCT OUTPUT SURVEY

Pennsylvania has more than 250 timbering operations, most of which are small entrepreneurial and family operations.

About every three years, the DCNR Bureau of Forestry conducts a Timber Product Output Survey to reflect the current characteristics of the wood products industry in the state. The Pennsylvania Primary Wood Processors Directory is a result of the survey and contains mill names and addresses.

Mira Lloyd Dock Resource Conservation Center

The Mira Lloyd Dock Resource Conservation Center honors the late female environmentalist, botanist, and civic activist who championed reforestration and anti-pollution measures.

It contains the DCNR Bureau of Forestry’s Penn Nursery and Wood Shop, which began in 1908 in a potato patch at the rear of Forest Ranger W.F. McKinney’s residence. It produced seedlings needed to replant land denuded by timbering and subsequent forest fires which scoured Pennsylvania in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The center’s goal is to propagate the finest tree/shrub seedlings available for reforestation and wildlife enhancement projects on commonwealth properties. Nursery and forest district staff coordinate the selection, harvesting, and collection of millions of tree/shrub seeds from state forest trees and orchards across the commonwealth to preserve and maintain genetic diversity.

DCNR cooperates with U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Monitoring and Protection Programs and universities across the northern United States to select and breed forest trees that resist disease and pest attacks.

The operations include state of the art sign and picnic table fabrications for DCNR. Contact the conservation center at:

Mira Lloyd Dock Resource Conservation Center

137 Penn Nursery Road

Spring Mills, PA 16875

814-364-5150