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Contact Your Legislators!
The Governor has once again zeroed the "Hardwoods Research and Promotion" line item in his proposed 2021-2022 state budget. This line item funds the Northern Tier Hardwood Association through a grant from the Hardwoods Development Council. As a member of NTHA, we urge you to contact your legislators and ask them to restore this important line item. 

If you need assistance, please download and use the following sample letter. You can find your legislator using this tool: 
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Federal Domestic Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Ends
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently published a final rule that removes the federal domestic emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine regulations. The final rule is effective January 14, 2021. Removing the Federal quarantine regulations ends APHIS' domestic regulatory activities, which includes actions such as issuing permits, certificates and compliance agreements, making site visits, and conducting investigations of suspected violations. However, states may be implementing their own regulations. Pennsylvania will not be enacting or maintaining an EAB state exterior quarantine. The PA Department of Agriculture will work with companies who require certificates and/or a compliance agreement for states that are choosing to regulate EAB. Out of country shipments will still need PHYTOS. For more information please see the Q&A sheet from USDA on the deregulation of EAB. ...download>>

NTHA's 2019-20 Year End Report
Interested in what we have been up to this year? Read our year-end report to find out! Thanks to the support of the Hardwood Development Council and our members, we were able to provide the following activities, outreach, and support in 2019-20 and look forward to building on those successes in 2021!  ...download>>

We Need Your Help to Publish the Informational Booklet - What Will My Woods Look Like?
The Northern Tier Hardwood Association, in partnership with the Hardwoods Development Council, Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group, and the Keystone Wood Products Association, have been awarded a grant to develop and publish an informational resource entitled “What Will My Woods Look Like?” The help of industry members and forest landowners is vital to complete this extensive educational booklet. 

Before a timber harvest, there are many things to think about, questions to answer, details to consider. One important outcome that woodland owners often have a hard time imagining is “What will my woods look like after the job is done?”This booklet will show some typical forest stands before and after different kinds of logging operations. The pictures are intended to help start a pre-harvest discussion about post-harvest results. The forest scenes also help tell the story of woodland stewardship, forest management and the professionals who make it happen. We need your photos and captions to publish the “What Will My Woods Look Like” booklet of before/during/after picture sets. Forest scene examples include: Timber Stand Improvements, Thinning, Shelterwood, Clear Cutting, Crop Tree Release, Crown Release, Overstory Removal, Clearcut, Non-Commercial Thinning, Invasive Tree Removal and Thinning, and Roads and Landings. 

There are several parts to the captions for each photo. The first is how a woodland owner might view their woods and express their goals for their land. The next is how a forester might describe the pre-harvest stand and post-harvest results, written in the forestry profession’s language. Then the logger’s view, which is often through an operational lens but also considers forest health and aesthetics. Finally, a statement of likely wildlife outcomes, which are often a higher priority for landowners than other silvicultural objectives. The hope is that linking the photos with the various points of view will serve as a “translator” that will help both professionals and landowners understand each other better. 

The forest scenes chosen should be familiar and representative of family woodlands in Pennsylvania. Please submit photos and captions to hardwoods@pa.gov. Guidance for photo and caption submissions can be found below. 

New E & S Plan Template for Timber Harvesting Operations
Over the past year, NTHA has worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture - Hardwoods Development Council, the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee, and others in a workgroup to update and republish the E&S Plan Template for Timber Harvesting Operations. We are happy to announce that the new plan is official and available for use!

The DEP's Bureau of Clean Water has worked with the group and has posted the updated template to DEP's eLibrary website HERE

The template is intended for operations that require a written E&S Plan under 102.4(b)(2), but do not require a permit under Chapter 102.

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