Loving the Land Through Working Forests

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Loving the Land Through Working Forests

September 21, 2024

8am-4pm, Northwestern REC Community Forest, Cambridge Springs, PA

This field conference is all about forests – threats, management practices, and ways that we can enhance their resilience and overall health. The day will be full of field-based presentations and walks on critical and emerging topics related to forest stewardship and conservation. Pre-registration is required and all are welcome! See below for the conference program, with new information added regularly as speakers are confirmed!

September 21 @ 8:00 am 4:00 pm

Northwestern REC Community Forest

22863-22479 Wenner Dr
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403 United States
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Online Registration for this event will be available soon.

Thank you for your interest!

Schedule of Events – Coming Soon

Meet the Presenters – Lineup in Progress

James Altemus

Jim Altemus has served as the Forest Health Program Specialist (western area) with the PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry since November 2022.  Previously, Jim held Forester roles with the Bureau of Forestry’s Forest Health Division (2015-2022) and Inventory and Monitoring Section (2014-2015).

Guy Dunkle

Guy Dunkle is a Land Manager with the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, with over 19 years of experience practicing sustainable forestry across northwest PA and western NY.

Troy Firth

Troy Firth is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, with over 45 years of experience practicing sustainable forestry and production of maple syrup. Troy is the recipient of the 2019 WeConservePA (formerly Pennsylvania Land Trust Association) Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award.

Rosalie Haizlett

Rosalie Haizlett is an illustrator, author and educator whose mission is to celebrate the hidden wonders of the natural world through art. Haizlett has been an artist-in-residence at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with the National Audubon Society at Hog Island, and at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History. In 2022, she was awarded the Eckelberry Fellowship for distinguished wildlife illustrators. Haizlett has taught nature-focused art workshops in schools, national parks, and REI stores and has also instructed tens of thousands of students through her online courses. The author of Watercolor in Nature and the forthcoming book Tiny Worlds of the Appalachian Mountains, she lives on the edge of Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. See rosaliehaizlett.com for more information.

Pat Maloney

Pat Maloney is a skilled woodsman and practitioner of sustainable forestry. For some years, he cut trees alongside horse-logger Ray Blystone on FSF-owned properties, and is a maple syrup producer and forest manager at Firth Maple Products. Pat holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Northland College.

Tim Palmer

Tim Palmer is the award-winning author and photographer of thirty books about forests, rivers, conservation, and the environment, including Trees and Forests of America and America’s Great Forest Trails. He has been involved in conservation since 1970 and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Rivers, the Conservation Achievement Award for Communications from the National Wildlife Federation, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Penn State University. Tim’s book, Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches, won the Ansel Adams Photography Award from the Sierra Club. See timpalmer.org for more information.

Nancy Ransom

Nancy Ransom is the lead bird bander for the National Aviary’s study of songbird diversity and habitat in FSF’s forests. Nancy is also a master’s student at Bowling Green State University and plans on studying how birds molt within the forest gaps created by the Foundation. Nancy has been bird banding for seven years and has lived in Ecuador, Costa Rica, the American Samoan Islands, Massachusetts, Colorado, and a few other places in hopes of forwarding her career as an ornithologist. After her recent trip to Peru, the number of birds she has seen in her lifetime is 917 species total around the world. She is very passionate about birds and hopes to have a career as an ornithologist or work for a permanent migration banding station. Being so passionate about birds and wildlife in general, she cares very deeply about preserving and protecting our planet’s wildlife.

Paul Roth, Ph.D.

Paul Roth serves on the Council and Executive Committee of the Finley Center for Private Forests at Penn State. Paul is a forest landowner, an avid outdoorsman, and has always found great enjoyment in the woods. Born in Erie, PA, and a resident of Pennsylvania for most of his life, he also holds an affinity for New England, where he spent his middle and high school years in central Maine. He earned his undergraduate degree in History with a minor in Philosophy from Mercyhurst University in 1995 and his masters in forestry at Penn State in 2003, where he continued to work through 2005. From 2005 – 2013 he was with the PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry in the Forest Planning & Information Division and served as the Chief of the Resource Inventory & Monitoring Section from 2010-2013. He was twice awarded the Department’s Secretary’s Achievement Award during his tenure. From 2013 – 2019 he served as a Senior Adviser to the Director of a Washington, D.C. based non-profit that focused on natural resource and energy policy advocacy at the federal level. In 2015, he reinitiated his pursuit of a doctorate at Penn State, which he received in 2019 under the direction of the late Dr. James C. Finley, which focused on conservation-based estate planning. In 2019, he started a consulting business and has served clients in the natural resource, philanthropic, advocacy, academic, and non-governmental organizational sectors. He’s served on the Board of Directors of the Mt. Nittany Conservancy as its forest subject matter expert since 2017. Paul has three wonderful children, Alden, Conor, and Maddie, ages 15-20, who are a constant inspiration to him, and resides in the State College area of central PA.

Thank you to our Sponsors


Jim and Connie Thompson


Bob and Jane Slagter
Emil and Kathy Spadafore


Interested in sponsoring the Loving the Land Through Working Forests conference? Contact Bennett Gould at [email protected] for details.