Your Woods

Private landowners hold more than 70 percent of Pennsylvania's forests and woodlots. As one of those landowners, wisely managing your woods can provide you with many benefits such as income, recreation or other goals you may have. Wise management is also important to conserving the state's natural resources and ensuring healthy, vibrant forests into the future. Here you will find all the information you'll need to guide you in managing your forest or woodlot.


Service Foresters

Service foresters work for the Bureau of Forestry and provide private landowners with advice and guidance on how to manage their forested lands. Find contact information for the service forester in your area here.


Forest Management Publications

These publications cover a variety of topics and were designed to help landowners manage their property. Find answers to many management and stewardship topics here.



Consulting Foresters

A consulting forester works for private landowners to help them with the management of their forest or woodlot. DCNR maintains a list of consulting foresters who must meet certain training and educational criteria. Click here for guidance in selecting a consulting forester.


The Pennsylvania Forestry Association

Find valuable private land management guidance here.



Penn State Renewable Natural Resources Extension

DCNR partners with Penn State to provide assistance to private forest landowners. Get additional information here to make informed decisions about forest resources.

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Forest Landowner Associations

Connect with other forest landowners in your area and learn more about managing your woodlot.


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Forestry for the Bay

Find out how you can manage your forest land to help protect the Chesapeake Bay.

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Forest Action Plans

Explore the current conditions of our forested lands and our strategies for the future. Federally affiliated programs non-discrimination statement.



Forest Stewardship Steering Committee

Learn more about this committee that oversees the Forest Stewardship Program in Pennsylvania. Federally affiliated programs non-discrimination statement.


Forest Legacy

The Forest Legacy Program is a federal program in partnership with the states that supports state efforts to protect environmentally sensitive forest lands through funds for conservation easements. To find out more about the program in Pennsylvania click here .  To see if your lands qualify, check out the guide book. Here is the federal non-discrimination statement.