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.

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

Allegheny SAF Winter Training 2017: The Presentations

The Allegheny Society of American Foresters Winter Training was held at Wyomissing, PA, February 15-17, 2017. The theme was Rural and Urban Ecosystem Health in the Mid-Atlantic Region. You can download the agenda here. Training presentations can be downloaded below. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Plenary Talk, Steve Koehn, Director, Cooperative Forestry, USFS State & Private Forestry
  • Plenary Talk, Al Todd, Executive Director, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Morning Concurrent Sessions

Biomass Utilization in Rural and Community Forest

Forest Management and Fire for Oak Sustainability

Lunch Talk, Matt Menashes, CEO, National SAF

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 1

Integrated Forest Management

Student Forum

  • Articulating Your Value and Lessons in Leadership, Tom Davidson, Leadership Nature

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 2

People and Communication

Urban Forest Data: New Applications for Communities and Managers

Banquet Dinner Presentation, John Goodall, Brandywine Conservancy *

Friday, February 17, 2017

Morning Concurrent Sessions

Community Forestry for Water Quality

Forest Health/Invasive Species

Final Plenary, James Finley, Penn State University

* — an asterisk at the end of the line indicates a presentation edited due to file size limitations


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.
The first day of the workshop will bring together speakers to present:

  • Techniques to create healthy forests and help wildlife;
  • Financial incentives and programs available to landowners; and
  • Opportunities to benefit a variety of bird species, including ruffed grouse, scarlet tanager, wild turkey, cerulean warbler, American woodcock and many more.

 During the second day of the workshop, participants will visit field sites (transportation provided) to see the techniques and habitat discussed in day 1 and may have an opportunity to see birds at a bird banding site (depending on conditions).
Participants must register, but registration is free and lunches will be provided each day.

Details: download for more info

Registration: click here

Allegheny SAF Winter Training 2017


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.

DatesFebruary 15-17, 2017

LocationThe Inn at Reading Hotel and Conference Center

Directions: 1040 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)

Contact: Randy Morin for more info

Please submit a registration form even if online registration (PayPal) is used for payment.


Sponsorship Level

Northern Hardwood Chapter SAF Winter Meeting 2017


The Northern Hardwood Chapter of SAF will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 PM on January 26, 2017 at the PA Lumber Museum (5660 US-6, Galeton, PA 16922).  Mike Messina and Eric Zenner from Penn State’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management will be our guests for the evening. We will gather at 5:30 for a social hour, with dinner to be served at 6:30.  Following dinner, our guests will speak on silvicultural opportunities in northcentral PA (especially in the wake of Emerald Ash Borer).  The meeting will wrap up at 8:30.  Application for one CFE credit is in the works and should be available.

Dinner choices include lasagna and chicken cordon bleu.  Cost of the meal will be $15.  Payment can be made at the meeting or sent to: David Andrus, 59 Clearview Drive, Coudersport, PA 16915.  Reservations, by mail or email, are due January 20, 2017.  If responding by email you can just send a response to with your dinner choice.  No form is required.

You are encouraged to show up early to see the museum visitor center that opened in May of 2015.  It really is a wonderful display of Pennsylvania forest history.  They have agreed to waive the use fee for the facility because SAF fits into their mission statement. They have also agreed to waive the entrance fee ($8) for anyone showing up early but will accept any donation you care to make to the museum.

Download: Meeting Notice & Registration (doc) | (pdf)  

NJ College Students Study Controlled Burns on College Campus

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service conducted a controlled burn on the Galloway Campus as part of the university's forest management plan. Stockton environmental studies students were on hand to analyze how a controlled burn affects the forest including its impact on healthy trees and on the southern pine beetle.

“Controlled burns also help to protect the forest...And the campus from wildfires. The administration of the college understands how important it is to protect the facility, this is a forest with a college not a college with a forest, so it is important that folks understand that these lands require maintenance, management, [and] stewardship,”
— Bob Williams, CF/NJ SAF

Students also studied the fire itself by using a portable weather station for monitoring and recording factors like air temperature, wind speed, and relative humidity. They also buried temperature sensors in order to record flame heat and speed.

Get the full story here.

Maryland/Delaware Division Seeking Award Nominations

The Executive Board for the MD DE Division of SAF is currently reaching out to our membership to ask for nominations for any of the three annual SAF Awards (see below 1-3) due by December 5th, 2016.  Click here to view these three award options, download forms and see the list of past award winners.


(1) Robert W. Bauer Outstanding Service to Forestry - The purpose of this award is to give official recognition to professional achievements in forestry, and to recognize superior service to the Society of American Foresters.

(2) Forester of the Year - The purpose of this award is to give official recognition to current professional achievements in forestry, to recognize a specific accomplishment or achievement in forestry during the previous year and to demonstrate to the public that the profession is a vital and active part of the total conservation effort.

(3) Student Leadership Award - The purpose of this award is to recognize a forestry student who exemplifies the leadership capabilities desired in future forestry professionals. 

In addition, a 4th award nomination,  not due until May 15th, 2017, is also being solicited for the "PRESIDENTIAL FIELD FORESTER" That award requires submission of the required materials to the Allegheny Board of Directors representative by May 15,  and as seen on the Awards webpage.  Learn more about the Eligibility Criteria, Career Narrative and Timeline for Selection on the Awards webpage or Contact: Kelsey Delaney at (866) 897-8720 ext.202.


Please contact Teri Batchelor at 410-819 4121 or email by October 15 with any suggestions for these awards and we will work together to make it happen by the submission deadlines; December 5, 2016 and May 15, 2017.

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

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

Allegheny Next Meetings

Below is a schedule of the next Allegheny SAF Chapter meetings. As usual, this can be subject to change.

Upcoming meeting schedule:

  • Summer 2016: New Jersey Division (September 14-16, 2016, Mount Laurel, NJ)
  • Winter 2017: Valley Forge Chapter (February 15-17, 2017, Wyomissing, PA)
  • Summer 2017: Plateau Chapter
  • Winter 2018: Keystone Chapter


2016 Allegheny Winter Meeting Presentations

As they become available, the presentations from the 2016 Allegheny SAF winter meeting —  Urban and Traditional Forestry: At the Crossroads — will be made available for downloading here.

Building Community Resilience Through Forestry - Phillip Rodbell, NA Regional Coordinator, USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry

Landscape Scale Forest Management - Eric Sprague, Chesapeake Forests Program Director, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Northern Long‐eared Bat Policy Update - Danielle Watson, Assistant Director, Govt. Affairs and External Relations, Society of American Foresters

Intergenerational Land Transfer - Craig Highfield, Forests for the Bay Program Manager, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Forest Health Issues in the Mid‐Atlantic States - Rick Turcotte, Forest Health Group Leader, USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry