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​​​​​​​State Forest Management

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 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:

  • Pure water
  • 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 department’s Bureau of Forestry’s Strategic Plan
  • The Pennsylvania Forest Action Plan

These plans are updated over time.

A new Bureau of Forestry strategic plan is being developed and will be finalized soo​n.​​​

New Bureau of Forestry Draft Strat​egic Plan

T​he Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry has developed a new, draft strategic plan -- Forests for All: A Plan for Pennsylvania’s Forests and People (PDF) -- whic​h outlines a vision and mission for the future of the Commonwealth’s forests and its people.

The plan is rooted in strengthening the ecosystem management foundations laid by the department and growing its connections with people and communities.

The current draft plan outlines five goals in support of that vision and mission.

The plan is currently undergoing review and finalization, and is subject to change.

Draft Strategic Plan Public Townhall

If you want to learn more about the future of Pennsylvania’s forests, the draft plan, and an opportunity to share your perspectives, please join State Forester Seth Cassell for a live, virtual town hall event on:

Wednesday, June  12, ​2024​
6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Registration is required to attend the event​.

Town hall participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback about the strategic plan; however, comments provided during the meeting will not be collected as official public comments about the plan.

Public Comments About Strategic Plan

After the public town hall, the department will be collecting official public comments about the plan.

Details on how to submit comments will be posted here as they become available.​​