Loving the Land Through Working Forests

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Pre-registration is required. $20 per person, free to Members of the Foundation for Sustainable Forests.

Directions to the Conference

Thompsons' Wood is located on Ghering Road just south of Rte. 408 between Townville and Hydetown in Crawford County.    


Schedule of Events

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A spotlight on Keynote Presenter Doug Tallamy's presentation, "Nature's Best Hope":

Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us.  Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.


Meet the Presenters

Nancy Baker owns and manages 163 Northern Pennsylvania acres from which her great-grandfather cut the original timber in the 1860s. With a graduate degree in Forest Ecology, she works as a writer, editor and communicator with an allegiance to both the forest and the forest’s landowners, contributing to numerous publications, editing the quarterly magazine Pennsylvania Forests, and co-chairing the communications committee of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. She is a staunch advocate for Pennsylvania’s Women and Their Woods program, helping women learn the skills needed to make informed decisions about their woodlands, and showcasing the challenges and opportunities which shape women’s passion and commitment to the land.

Gavin Deming is the Founder of Allegheny Goatscape, whose mission is to reduce invasive and unwanted vegetation in public spaces and vacant lots, utilizing goats for browsing. Gavin started to dream of working with goats to eat knotweed and other invasives when a good friend presented the idea of roaming Pittsburgh's North Side with a small nomadic herd eating overgrown vacant lots, more than ten years ago. When he worked on a project to bring the goats to a public space that had immediate positive effects on the landscape, he knew he had to get more involved. A few years later, he created Allegheny GoatScape as a 501c3 non-profit to be able to use these gentle animals and work with partners, mitigating invasive plants throughout Allegheny County in an eco-friendly way.

Troy Firth is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, with over 45 years of experience practicing sustainable forestry and sustainable harvest of maple syrup. Join Troy on a walk through Thompsons' Wood as he discusses invasive species management and the important role it plays in the FSF's integrated approach to sustainable forest management.


Doug Tallamy Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 88 research publications and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 36 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence.