Allegheny SAF

Serving Forests and Foresters of PA WV NJ MD DE

The Allegheny SAF has a membership of 1,100 professional foresters in the five states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. 

Since 1900, the Society of American Foresters has provided access to information and networking opportunities to prepare members for the challenges and the changes that face natural resource professionals.

Jun 10

Working in Your Woods, A Bird's Eye View

The Appalachian Mountain Joint Venture and Forest Service have been working with partners (American Bird Conservancy, Ruffed Grouse Society, Audubon Pennsylvania, PA Game Commission, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resource) to organize a free, two-day workshop in June for forest landowners: Working in Your Woods, A Bird's Eye View.

Participants must register, but registration is free and lunches will be provided each day.

Detailsdownload for more info

Registrationclick here

5:00 pm17:00

Allegheny SAF Plateau Chapter Winter Meeting 2017

The Society of American Foresters, Plateau Chapter will hold its Winter meeting on Thursday, March 16th at the Days Inn (formally Holiday Inn) in Warren, 210 Ludlow Street, Warren, PA. This year’s main program will feature a presentation by Amanda Frederick, Resource Conservationist from the Warren County Conservation District. 

Reservations are due by Monday, March 13.
Download: Agenda (pdf) | (doc

Feb 17

Allegheny SAF Winter Training 2017

  • The Inn at Reading Hotel and Conference Center

Allegheny Society of American Foresters Winter Training will be held at Wyomissing, PA, February 15-17, 2017. The theme focus will be Rural and Urban Ecosystem Health in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Dates: February 15-17, 2017

LocationThe Inn at Reading Hotel and Conference Center

Directions1040 North Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Agenda/Registration: Registration (pdf) | Agenda (pdf)

Pesticide Training: Agenda (doc) or (pdf)

Tree Farm Inspector Training: Information (doc) or (pdf)

ContactRandy Morin for more info

More info: here

Nov 6

SAF National Convention 2016

  • Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

The 2016 SAF National Convention will be held November 2-6 in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is central to a robust Midwestern forestry community that offers a rich history, a legacy of pioneering forestry environmentalism, and an active contemporary forestry industry. It is a vibrant, safe, walkable capital city that is home to the University of Wisconsin and the world-renowned USFS Forest Products Lab. Register before September 16 for early bird rates

Visit this link for more information.

Download Convention brochure here

6:30 pm18:30

The Woods in Your Backyard Workshop

The University of Maryland Extension and the Howard County Forestry Board will host a "Woods in Your Backyard" workshop over two consecutiveThursday evenings at the Maryland Extension office in Ellicott City, MD. This workshop is designed for landowners with 1-10 acres who wish to learn about getting more out of their land, converting lawn to woodland, habitat management, and much more. Class sessions will feature presentations by foresters, arborists, landscape designers, and Master Naturalists. The cost for both evenings is $25.00 per person or $30.00 per couple.

For more information and how to register, go here

Sep 9

Advanced Agroforestry Training for Natural Resource and Ag Educators



Agroforestry is the intentional integration of trees into crop and livestock systems. Agroforestry can help agriculture address a range of social, ecological, and economic problems in the northeast, enhancing its benefits while minimizing its challenges.  A draft agenda is attached.

For more information about this training and about agroforestry in the NE, please visit or contact .

This training will provide a brief review of agroforestry, and opportunities for participants to explore agroforestry applications in depth with regional experts.

All you need to know about this training can be found on the Eventbrite registration or NE Agro Forestry websites.

Approved for 11 SAF Category 1 CFEs


Download the draft agenda here


Registration for this three-day training is $80.

Register is at Eventbrite  

Scholarships for training registration fees are available on a limited application basis. Please download and fill out this form to apply for the scholarship. Travel and lodging are not covered by this scholarship


This training will take place at the Penn State Fruit Research Center (FREC) in Adams County, home to 20,000 acres of orchards and the Gettysburg battlefield. Get directions here.


Gettysburg Comfort Suites  are holding a block of rooms for us under “Agroforestry Training” until August 7 ($98).  (717-334-6715)





12:30 pm12:30

The Woods in Your Backyard Online Course

This new self-paced, non-credit course runs 10 weeks from September 5th to November 21st, 2016. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners of small parcels of land (1-10 acres) that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. The course uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include how to map habitat areas, understand basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife, choose and implement a few habitat management projects, and how to set a timetable and record your progress. The use of online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course. For this premier offering, the course is a special $85.00, which includes the 108-page “Woods In Your Backyard” guide, workbook, and a tree identification guide.

To read more about the course, including seeing sample pages and how to register.

10:00 am10:00

Invasive Plant ID

Join Calvert County Master Gardeners at the county extension office for a workshop that will help you identify invasive plant species commonly found in landscaped and natural areas. Hands-on demonstrations will include cut samples from live plants. There will also be an outdoor activity that will enable you to put your new skills to the test. The workshop is free of charge, and may run a bit longer than three hours.

For more information, go to here

12:30 pm12:30

Allegheny Plateau Chapter Summer Meeting 2016

The Society of American Foresters — Plateau Chapter will hold a summer meeting on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Pittsfield, PA. The Chapter will meet at 12:30pm at the USFS Forestry Sciences Lab, National Forge Road, Irvine, PA for an afternoon field tour. 

Reservations are due by Wednesday, August 17, 2016  
Please make reservations by mail, phone, fax, or email to:
Mike McEntire, PO Box 1474, Smethport, PA 16749        
Phone: (814) 887‐5239 Fax: (814) 887‐5239 Email:

Download registration here

1:00 pm13:00

Deer Hunting 101

This workshop is part of the popular Forestry Friday series and is intended for landowners and other individuals interested in learning about hunting deer on their property. Many woodland owners and family members have an interest in hunting deer but do not have the experience or background to do so. This workshop will help novice hunters and shooters feel more comfortable with deer hunting. The workshop is a cooperative effort between the Woodland Stewardship Education program and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife & Heritage Service. Topics will include deer ecology & management, landowner liability, firearms and hunting safety, as well as a field session. The cost is $5.00 per person.

For more information, including how to register, go to here

Apr 29

WV SAF Spring Meeting 2016

Educating Ourselves, Informing Others

The West Virginia Division of the Society of American Foresters has announced their 2016 Spring meeting. See all information below. 

Dates: April 28 - 29, 2016

LocationAmherst Madison, Training Facility, 2 Port Amherst Drive, Charleston, WV

SAF CFEs: Field tour 3 hours Cat 1 | April 29 Seminars 7 hours Cat 1

RegistrationDownload agenda & form. Please register by April 20th

8:30 am08:30

National Firewood Workshop

The National Firewood Workshop will be held April 21, 2016 at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville, MD (near Hagerstown) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop is a one-day educational and networking event to provide the firewood processing industry the latest knowledge on processing, kiln drying and marketing of firewood. The intent is to help firewood producers, firewood buyers, firewood equipment makers, foresters and arborists, landowners, loggers, extension agents, and woodstove manufacturers, make money in the firewood business. The program is sponsored by the Wood Education and Resource Center, University of Maryland Extension, Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine, and North Carolina State University.

The program will include outdoor demonstration of firewood processing equipment as well as classroom discussions by leading firewood industry professionals. The range of classroom topics will include: selling and marketing; finding buyers; purchasing requirements by wholesale brokers and chain store buyers; managing a firewood processing business; sourcing affordable logs; equipment for sawing and splitting; heating options for kilns; firewood quarantines; dry kiln equipment and methods; and firewood associations.

Find program information and registration here (with a credit card).

A brochure, agenda, and directions to the facility is available. Mail-in registrations can be completed using the registration form on the program brochure here. The registration fee is $30 before April 11, 2016 and $40 afterwards. The registration deadline is April 17, 2016. Continuing education credits have been applied for by the Society of American Foresters, MD Master Logger, and Mid-Atlantic International Society of Arboriculture.

For information about registration, please contact:  Pam Thomas, University of Maryland Extension.( 301-432-2767 x315.

Apr 16

Penn's Woods: The Science Behind Pennsylvania’s Wildlife Habitat

A joint meeting of the Pennsylvania Wildlife Society and the Society of American Foresters will be held April 15-16, 2016, at Ramada Inn, 1450 S. Atherton, State College, PA. The conference theme is Penn's Woods: The Science Behind Pennsylvania’s Wildlife Habitat.

For more info, contact Virginia Tilden, PA TWS Treasurer or PA The Wildlife Society

DownloadConference-At-A-Glance |  Registration Form 

Online Registrationclick here

Mar 31

Planning and Managing Green Infrastructure

Community Forestry Short Course
Planning and Managing Green Infrastructure

March 29, 30, and 31, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Penn State University & Web-based Internet Training
Planning and managing the green infrastructure of street trees, parks, and open spaces will help any municipality safely take advantage of the many benefits these assets provide. With proper planning and management, these assets appreciate and pay us back with time. This Community Forestry Short Course is designed to help municipal shade tree commissions/committees, and staff, including managers, arborists, and foresters; community tree advocates; and volunteers gain knowledge and skills in the effective management of public trees in Pennsylvania.
Participants will have the opportunity to attend live sessions in State College, or via the internet, or watch recorded lectures on their own. Attend all 3 days of training or just one or two days.   A certificate will be awarded to people that participate in the sessions live or via the internet.  Seating is limited to 25 attendees for the live lectures at Penn State University
**  Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for ISA Certified Arborists, Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturalists, and Landscape Architecture.
Click here for more information | agenda | register
Contact: Vincent Cotrone  (email) or call (888) 825-1701

Feb 19

2016 Allegheny SAF Winter Meeting

  • Radisson Hotel North Baltimore

The theme for the 2016 Allegheny SAF winter meeting is Urban and Traditional Forestry: At the Crossroads. The location will be the Radisson Hotel North Baltimore, at 2004 Greenspring Dr, Lutherville-Timonium MD 21093. Stop back for updates.

IMPORTANT: Due to vehicle limitations, the tour of the Port of Baltimore is limited to the first 40 registrants. Please complete the Port Tour Form if you register for this tour.

Download: Agenda & Registration | Meeting Info | Port Tour Form

Register online: click here

9:00 am09:00

Advanced Biomass Boot Camp: Finding & Financing Modern Wood Energy Projects

  • Overhills Mansion

Date: Thursday November 19, 2015  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $25 per person include all materials, continental breakfast and lunch. 

Registration: Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology online or form 

Registration Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2015. No refunds will be provided.
LocationOverhills Mansion, 916 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228

9:00 am09:00

2015 Maryland/Delaware SAF Fall Event

  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Maryland/Delaware SAF Division will hold their 2015 Fall event at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Rd, Edgewater MD 21037. An agenda and more details will be forthcoming. Stop back for more information.

Sep 18

Allegheny Summer Meeting 2015

The Allegheny SAF Summer Meeting will be held at Lake Raystown Resort in Entriken, PA on September 16-18.


The Executive Committee meeting will be held Wednesday afternoon beginning at 1 pm. An icebreaker reception will begin that evening at 7pm.

Download the Registration and Agenda