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Meadville, PA 16335-9802

phone 814-333-7460
fax 814-333-1590



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This page was last updated on 27 March, 1999 
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Community Forestry in Pennsylvania

Community forests are among our most precious resources, yet many communities do not fully enjoy their benefits. Many community trees are declining due to old age improper maintenance, diseases, and woumds resulting from building construction, roads, sidewalks, and public utilities. These problems often create public hazards, and detract form community livability.



Communities can be kept most liveable by managing their trees and natural systems well. Guided by the Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council, the Community Forestry Program was established to help municipalities and volunteers develop sustainable community forestry management programs. These programs are aimed at restoring, preserving, and ehnancing the quality of urban and suburban life.

What are the objectives of the program?

How can an Extension Urban Forester help? These professionals offer the following among their services:

What does the community do?

How can I reach an extension urban forester?

Regional Pennsylvania Extension Urban Foresters

Central Region

Bill Elmendorf, Project Coordinator
The Pennsylvania State University
108 Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802-4300

phone 814-863-7941

Southwest Region

Mark Remcheck
Penn State Cooperative Extension at Washington County
Courthouse Square, Room 101
Washington, PA 15501-4473

phone 412-228-6881

Northwest Region

Scott Sjolander
Penn State Cooperative Extension at Crawford County
13400 Dunham Rd., Suite A
Meadville, PA 16335-9802

phone 814-333-7460

Northeast Region

Vincent Cotrone
Penn State Cooperative Extension at Luzerne County
Courthouse Annex
5 Water Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-1001

phone 717-825-1701

Southeast Region

Julianne Schieffer
Penn State Cooperative Extension at Montgomery County
1015 Bridge Rd., Suite H
Collegeville, PA 19426-1179

phone 814-333-7460

State Coordinator

Dr. Norman Lacasse
DCNR Bureau of Forestry - FAS
P.O. Box 8552
Harrisburg, PA 17105

phone 717-787-5359

From Commuinty Forestry in Pennsylvania 
Information Brochure
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School of Forest Resources



The School of Forest Resources has primary responsibility for all natural resource extension programs within the Cooperative Extension Service, including forest resources, wildlife resources, wood products, and water resources. In addition, we are taking several steps to increase our service to natural resource professionals, via continuing education.

Stewardship of Pennsylvania's Forests and Wildlife

Stewardship of Pennsylvania's forests and wildlife is a major programmatic effort to assist non-industrial private forest landowners to achieve their objectives for their land. The project
involves most of our extension specialists. It also depends on a major grant from the U.S. Forest Service through the Forest Stewardship program. Over the past five years, funding has exceeded
$1.2 million in total. This funding provides for dedicated staff to conduct programs, publish newsletters and technical documents, and monitor the program.

Urban and Community Forestry--Natural Resources of Communities

This program assists communities in the management of their public trees and their open spaces. It is funded by a major grant from the U.S. Forest Service, which has provided more than $1.5 million in total over the past five years. The grant supports five regional urban extension foresters who provide direct service to client communities. Bill Elmendorf, Project Coordinator, housed on campus, serves as Extension Urban Forester in the Central Region and as instructor in urban forestry.

Enhancing Pennsylvania's Wood Products Industry

This extension program was made possible by Dr. Roy Adams joining our faculty. The program provides technical and managerial education and assistance to the secondary wood products industry in Pennsylvania and the region. Dr. Adams leaving will be felt, but we wish him luck in his new endeavors, and welcome our new leader.

Sustainable Ground Water

Because 95% of Pennsylvanians acquire their domestic water supply from ground water, this is a major water resource issue in thecommonwealth. This work is led by Dr. William Sharpe in our School, but is an interdisciplinary program involving faculty in Agricultural and Environmental Economics and Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Natural Resources Extension Institute

Field extension agents have criticized our program for notproviding appropriate in-service training for county agents. Therefore, we have initiated the Natural Resources Extension
Institute, which will provide 6 days of in-service training this year for 30 agents, all at our School's expense. Our goal is to begin to develop field personnel who can develop and deliver
educational programs about natural resources without program-by-program leadership from our specialists. The Institute will target forest and wildlife stewardship in June, 1995, and urban/community forestry and wood products in October.

Natural Resources Professional Development Program

In order to serve the continuing education needs of working professionals in forestry and wildlife, we have initiated a Professional Development Program. Staffed by an incoming extension graduate student, the program will assess professional development needs, coordinate and advertise existing programs offered by groups throughout the state, and develop new programs as needed. The first offering was a one-day GIS workshop held on April 11.

Forest Resources Cooperative Extension
School of Forest Resources
The Pennsylvania State University
7 Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802-4302
phone: (814) 863-0401
fax: (814) 865-6275

If you have any questions or comments concerning Forest Resources Cooperative Extension programs or services at Penn State, please email, call, or write the FRCE office.

This page was last updated on January 30, 1998, 
by James Finley, Ph.D., Forestry Extension Director

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Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council

The Urban and Community Forestry Council is a nonprofit organization made up of various people from throughout the commonwealth. Our common goal is to improve our community forests and green spaces. The council guides a statewide program providing technical and financial assistance for communities and volunteer groups. 

People are becoming more aware of how important plants, shade trees and green spaces are to their quality of life. By protecting against the harshness of the urban environment, greenery can make the difference between an unhealthy city and a wholesome community. Trees clean the air, buffer heat and cold, reduce energy costs, control erosion, and beautify neighborhoods. They make shopping districts more inviting, enhance residential and commercial property values, and reflect the pride we take in our communities. This is shown in how often we name our streets and neighborhoods after trees. 

The council helps communities improve the management of their trees and green infrastructure to protect and enhance them for future generations. Benefits and services of the council include:

Membership is open to individuals, communities, shade tree commissions, beautification committees, private organizations, school groups and businesses that want to help improve trees in our communities. Through the council, you can express your concerns and exert influence on urban and community forestry issues.

For more information on council membership benefits to you, your corporation, your community or volunteer group, call your local Extension office, your regional Extension Urban Forester, your DCNR Bureau of Forestry office, or the Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council at (717) 766-5371.

Pennsylvania Urban and Commuity Forestry Council
56 East Main Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

From Pennsylvania Urban and Commuity Forestry Council
Membership Information Brochure

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