State Forest Management
DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry works to ensure the long-term health, viability, and productivity of the commonwealth’s 2.2 million acre state forest system, which comprises 13 percent of the forested area in the commonwealth.
Under sound ecosystem management, state forests are conserved to retain their wild character and maintain biological diversity while providing:
Opportunities for low-density recreation
Habitats for forest plants and animals
Sustained yields of quality timber
Environmentally sound utilization of mineral resources
Management of Pennsylvania state forests is guided by:
The State Forest Resource Management Plan
Penn's Woods -- the DCNR Bureau of Forestry's Strategic Plan
The Pennsylvnia Forest Action Plan
State Forest Resource Management Plan
The State Forest Resource Management Plan is the primary instrument that DCNR uses to plan, coordinate, and communicate its management of the state forest system.
By relating the broad policies of the bureau’s strategic plan to focused goals and objectives and specific operational guidelines, the plan lays the groundwork for ensuring the overarching goal of state forest management -- sustainability -- is achieved.
Penn's Wood's Strategic Plan
The condition of Pennsylvania's forests is the best it has been in more than 100 years. They are an asset to our citizens and essential to our economy and quality of life. Despite this promising assessment, there are many issues facing our forests.
As we move toward a new century, it is time to take stock of our resources and face the issues that will be affecting the long-term health and productivity of our forests. These issues have been addressed in this plan in a manner that should sustain Penn's Woods for generations yet to come.
Pennsylvania Forest Action Plan
The Pennsylvania Forest Action Plan takes an in depth look at the state's forest resources and was completed as a requirement for the U.S. Farm Bill. It is separated into two parts: the current assessment of the forest and strategies to implement the plan.
The action plan:
Describes current forest conditions and trends
Indentifies priority issues
Delineates important landscapes
Proposes long-term strategies for achieving sustainability
State Forest “Well Managed” Certification
DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry is committed to managing state forests in accordance with or exceeding the Forest Stewardship Council™ standards toward long-term ecological, social, and economic sustainability.
Pennsylvania state forests are certified (FSC® C017154) under Forest Stewardship Council™ standards.