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 southeastern 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 managed as “working forests” and provide a suite of uses and values to Pennsylvania citizens, 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.
William Penn State Forest Resource Management Plan
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) and online survey about its draft management plan in 2018.
Public comments and responses (PDF) to the plan are available to review.
Using public input and building on the statewide 2016 management plan, the Bureau of Forestry revised and completed a new
William Penn State Forest SFRMP (PDF), setting district-level management priorities.
2021 Management Activities
View William Penn State Forest’s 2021 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
Designating 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.
Dual Certified Forest
Pennsylvania’s 2.2-million-acre state forest system is one of the largest dual certified forests in North America. The forest is certified under Forest Stewardship Council™ and Sustainable Forestry Initiative© standards.
The FSC© is an independent organization supporting environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.
SFI© certification focuses on protection of water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and forests with exceptional conservation value.
Dual certification ensures that Pennsylvania’s state forests are managed to the highest third-party standards.
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.