Forest Management Publications

Conserving forests demands wise management and use of our forest resources to ensure their health and productivity for years to come. Use the following resources to learn more about how to enhance wildlife habitat, protect streams, conserve native plants, manage timber harvests, and develop a management plan for your forest or woodlot.


Best Management Practices Manual

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are universally accepted activities that have positive effects or minimize negative effects on the forest ecosystem. The "Best Management Practices Manual for PA Forests," a document from Penn State, provides detailed information on BMPs that can help you manage your forest or woodlot.  Download the entire pdf document here (under 1 MB), or click on the individual sections of the book below.

Section I - IntroductionSection IV - Forest Values 
Section II - Management BasicsSection V - Regulations 
Section III - Best Management PracticesSection VI - Forestry Terms 


Common Trees of Pennsylvania

This book provides a selection of native and introduced trees that are often encountered in forests, parks and residential landscapes across the Commonwealth. Download a copy here.


Forest Management Factsheets


Our Link to the Past-Our Legacy to the Future

Learn how proper management can help you leave a healthy forest legacy for the future.


Sources of Information and Guidance for Forest Stewards

Find information to help guide the management of your woodlot.



Teaching Youth About Forest Stewardship

Empower youth to meet the challenge to sustain the forests they will inherit and pass on to their children.



Learn the lingo that will help you better understand forest stewardship practices and aid in communication with natural resource managers.




Discover how to manage your woodlot for wildlife: an integral part of any healthy forest community.


Planning Your Forest's Future

A good plan can keep your forest or woodlot healthy and productive for many years to come.



Timber Harvesting: An Essential Management Tool

Harvesting timber can bring you income and have a lasting, positive effect on your forest.


Planning for Beauty and Enjoyment

Manage your property with aesthetics and recreation in mind.



Understanding and Conserving Biological Wealth in Our Forests

Find out how our forests contribute to our biological wealth and why we need to conserve natural diversity.


Watershed Management

Explore the ways your forest land is important to the watershed and what you can do to protect it.



Earning Income from Your Forestland

Produce income from your forest while preserving the beauty, wildlife, and recreational value of the land.


Best Management Practices for Pennsylvania Forests

Discover current best management practices for our forests and how to employ them on your property.



Estate Planning

Design an estate plan that will help secure the future of your forested lands.

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Backyard Trees

Explore the benefits of backyard trees and how to properly select, plant and care for them.



Invasive Plant Management

Forest landowners may have to deal with a wide variety of invasive plants that can compete with tree regeneration.  Learn about the species and management strategies here.


Forest Pests and Diseases

There are many native and invasive pests that can injure or kill trees in Pennsylvania.  Learn more about them here.

 To receive hard copies of these publications please visit Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences publication request site.