Working Woodlands

Working Woodlands Program Links

About Working Woodlands

Pennsylvania’s rich and diverse forests are a cornerstone of the state’s economy. Nearly 60 percent of the state is forested, with nearly 17 million acres of woodlands!

Working Woodlands is a forest conservation program that aims to protect these critical forests while improving private forest management, providing revenue for forest landowners and fighting climate change.

More than 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s forests are privately held, and many are in relatively small parcels. These valuable lands are vulnerable to fragmentation, land-use conversion and unsustainable harvesting practices. Many landowners do not have access to professional guidance that would help them maintain the biological health, diversity and economic value of their forests. When private forest lands change hands, or a sudden financial need arises, the forest may be harvested quickly in ecologically damaging ways. 

In response to this critical challenge, Working Woodlands provides a way for private landowners to gain access to markets that will help them manage their lands for long-term sustainability. Use the links above to learn more about the program.


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