Cornplanter State Forest
Cornplanter State Forest is named in honor of Chief Cornplanter, Native-American leader of the Seneca tribe, who maintained peace between the fledgling United States government and the Iroquois from 1784 to 1812. Today, Cornplanter State Forest covers 1,585 acres in:
It is one of eight state forests located in the
Pennsylvania Wilds region.
Cornplanter State Forest Management
DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry manages our state forests for their long-term health and productivity while conserving native wild plants. These forests are “working forests” and provide a whole suite of uses and values to Pennsylvania citizens, all while maintaining the forest’s wild character.
Our state forests are managed for:
The management of our state forests is guided by the
State Forest Resource Management Plan.
Cornplanter State Forest Resource Management Plan
A district-level state forest resource management plan is written for each of the bureau’s 20 forest districts across the state.
Cornplanter State Forest staff hosted a
public meeting (PDF) and online survey about its draft management plan in 2018. Citizens are invited to view
public comments and responses (PDF).
Using public input and building on the statewide 2016 management plan, the Bureau of Forestry revised and completed a new Cornplanter State Forest Resource Management Plan (PDF), setting district-level management priorities.
2019 Management Activities
View Cornplanter State Forest’s
2019 management activities (PDF) for upcoming projects and events to implement the State Forest Resource Management Plan.
The Bureau of Forestry has adopted “ecosystem management” as its principal strategy for managing state forests. This approach seeks to conserve the natural patterns and processes of the forest while advancing long-term sustainability.
Ecosystem management promotes the conservation of plant and animal communities and the landscapes and habitats that support them. It also accounts for needs and values of people and communities.
This results in a holistic, integrated approach to managing forest resources.
A Working Forest
As you travel throughout the state forest, you’ll see examples of our forests “at work.” Some of these management practices are more noticeable than others, such as:
Others are more subtle, such as the:
Protection of a vernal pool
Buffering of a stream from timber harvesting
Setting aside of a special area to conserve its wild character or protect a rare plant community
Each of these management practices and activities play a vital role in the management and conservation of our state forest system.
Certified “Well Managed”
Pennsylvania’s 2.2-million-acre state forest system is one the largest certified forests in North America. The
forest is certified (FSC-C017154) under the Forest Stewardship Council™ standards. The FSC® is an independent organization supporting environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.
Contact Cornplanter State Forest
Cornplanter District Office
323 N. State Street
North Warren, PA 16365