Loving the Land Through Working Forests

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Pre-registration is required. $20 per person, free for Members of the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, Pennsylvania Forestry Association and NW PA Woodland Association.

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Location: The Woodland Lodge, located at 2662 Eureka Rd. Grand Valley, PA 16420 




Notes from the North:  Plenary Speaker, Northern Woodlands Magazine 

The Land Ethic:  A Walking Conversation, Presented by Troy Firth, Founder, Foundation for Sustainable Forests 

The Family Forest Carbon Initiative, Presented by Joshua Parrish, The Nature Conservancy’s Working Woodlands Program 

he Family Forest Carbon Initiative is a partnership between the American Forest Foundation (AFF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to engage America’s 21 million family forest owners in globally significant climate mitigation.  Responding to this challenge, AFF and TNC, are building and piloting a scalable and replicable voluntary incentives program in partnership with U.S. businesses, NGOs, state and federal agencies. Our Program, will offer payments to family landowners for implementing carbon-positive forest management on their lands. Rather than basing payments on inventories of current carbon, the initiative will incentivize specific forest management practices that scientifically demonstrate enhanced carbon sequestration over common forest practices.   In the session we will discuss the current state of the forest carbon markets and existing tools for landowners. TNC and AFF will showcase the Program and practices being piloted in Pennsylvania and become part of conservation forestry toolkits.

It's Your Legacy!, Presented by Allyson MuthPenn State Center for Private Forests 

Figuring out what happens to the land after you is often one of the more difficult decisions to make. Finding the resources to help, professional advice, and ensuring your wishes (and those of your family if they’re part of the equation) are honored can add complications. Join us for a conversation about the process for making a plan. We’ll talk through communications, decision-making, and share a new guide and collection of case studies to help you on your path. It’s your legacy!

Managing your Woodland for Long-Term Adaptation to Climate Change, Presented by Patricia Leopold, USDA Forest-Service Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science 

The Adaptation Workbook is a structured process to consider the potential effects of climate change and design land management and conservation actions that can help prepare for changing conditions. The process is completely flexible to accommodate a wide variety of geographic locations, ownership types, ecosystems and land uses, management goals, and project sizes. We'll cover the basic steps today, and spend some time in the woods testing it out. 



Meet the Presenters

Troy Firth is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, and owner of Firth Maple Products in Spartansburg, PA. Since 1971, Troy has practiced sustainable forestry, having a hand in the direct management of over 100,000 acres of Penn's Woods. He is also a leader in the sustainable non-timber forest products industry. A description of Troy's work and vision can be found in author Wendell Berry's 2013 essay "A Forest Conversation". Although he will do anything to further the Foundation's mission and protect this region's forests, he is most at home in the woods, which is where you will find him for this compelling forest walk and presentation.

Patricia Leopold is a climate change outreach specialist with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS). Patricia coordinates the Climate Change Response Framework in the Central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic regions. The Framework is designed to bring together a variety of partners to synthesize and communicate information and resources related to climate change vulnerability and adaptation for a range of audiences.


Dave Mance III is a writer and maple sugarmaker from Shaftsbury, Vermont. It’s a little town in the southwestern part of the state, which puts it in the interface between the old rural and the new rural; old and new ways of thinking; the good and bad in both. For the last 10 years he’s been the Editor of Northern Woodlands magazine, a regional forestry and nature publication. Perhaps the best part of the job has been getting to meet loggers, and foresters, and scientists, and naturalists, and hunters, and trappers, and hikers from around the Northeast – all these different people who love the woods in their own way; places and woods that are all the same and all very different.

Allyson Brownlee Muth began at Penn State in 2004 as a Forest Stewardship Program Associate working with the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards Volunteer Program and conducting outreach to forest landowners across the state (and beyond). She now serves as the Interim Director ofThe Center for Private Forests at Penn State and Assistant Research Professor of Private Forests Management in Penn State's Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Allyson has degrees in forestry and an Ed.D. with an emphasis in Collaborative Learning. She has worked in the forest industry and for private consulting firms and has a strong interest in peer learning and in creating dialogue to advance understanding of forest stewardship issues and opportunities.

Joshua Parrishis the Director of the Working Woodlands Program. His focus is on engaging and enrolling landowners in the Working Woodlands Program by providing them with long-term innovative conservation solutions. Qualified landowners are provided pathways and opportunities to promote sustainable forest management while realizing new revenue streams through forest carbon. Since starting the program in 2009, Josh led the enrollment of over 67,000 acres of forestland across North America including developing Pennsylvania’s first forest carbon project in 2012. He has extensive experience in assessing and providing voluntary and compliance carbon market solutions to forest landowners. On the weekends, he enjoys managing his own conserved working forest with his wife and two daughters in the mountain ridges of central Pennsylvania.

Cecile Stelter graduated from Penn State University in 1989 with a B.S. in Forest Science and in 1990 with a MFR in Forest Management. Cecile has worked for the DCNR, Bureau of Forestry for 20 years and has been employed as the District Forester since 2008, working in the Cornplanter Forest District based in Warren, PA. Cecile is a Life Member of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association and the Pennsylvania Forest Fire Museum Association. She is a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters and a member of the Plateau Chapter of SAF. She is also a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture and a lifetime member of the Girl Scout organization.