William Penn State Forest
Named for the founder of “Penn’s Woods,” William Penn State Forest contains 1,683 acres in 10 separate tracts across south eastern PA. The forest protects and conserves unique Pennsylvania ecosystems, including:
- Goat Hill Serpentine Barrens
- Little Tinicum Island on the Delaware River
William Penn 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.
Public Input Meeting for William Penn State Forest Resource Management Plan
DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry is in the process of revising the William Penn State Forest Resource Management Plan (SFRMP). A district-level state forest management plan is written for each of the bureau’s 20 forest districts across the state.
William Penn State Forest staff hosted a public meeting (PDF) about its draft management plan on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
Citizens may review the newest draft of the William Penn SFRMP (PDF).
2019 Management Activities
View William Penn 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 William Penn State Forest
William Penn District Office
845 Park Road
Elverson, PA 19520
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.