Threats to the Forest Informational Booklet
In collaboration with the PA Hardwoods Development Council, NTHA has published this resource on native and invasive insects, plants, and diseases that are impacting, or have the potential to impact our forests in Pennsylvania. ...download>>
The new "Forest Management and Timber Harvesting in PA" resource is now available. This document is intended for townships and the forest product industry. It was done by PSU Extension with funding and assistance from the Hardwoods Utilization Groups (NTHA, AHUG, and KWPA). ...download>>
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a serious threat to the forest products industry as well as all commerce in Pennsylvania. There are now 26 counties* in southeast Pennsylvania that are quarantined for movement of any product that is stored outside, including logs, lumber, and firewood. While previous quarantines for Emerald Ash Borer allowed movement of forest products within the quarantine zone, this quarantine is different. In areas where there are large populations of SLF, it is possible that logging and/or processing lumber could be stopped during major infestation periods. Companies working or transporting good within the quarantine zone must have a permit or compliance agreement with the PA Dept. of Ag.
Every logger, forester, and primary and secondary mill should be extremely vigilant to make sure that their work and/or facility does not move SLF. Industries in these high population areas are required to take extreme measures to assure they are not moving egg masses or various life stages of SLF. Forest product companies within and outside the current quarantine are strongly encouraged to enact Best Management Practices that will slow the spread of this insect, and protect your business from becoming a conduit for SLF. Unlike Emerald Ash Borer, this new insect affects the quality of life for citizens. It is possible that neighboring states and other nations may restrict movement of product from the quarantine zones.
The Best Management Practices document was developed to assist companies to protect themselves as well as their community. While egg masses can be carried on most anything and various life stages of the SLF can be accidently moved by any citizen, it will benefit the forest products industry to be as proactive as possible to protect the movement of SLF.
The "Recommended Best Management Practices for the Forest Products Industry related to Spotted Lanternfly and Other Potential Forest Pests in Pennsylvania" can be downloaded here.
*Counties within the quarantine zone: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, York. In addition to Pennsylvania, SLF is also found in New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia....download>>
This document was prepared by the PA Department of Revenue regarding the sales tax exemption for timber harvesting operations that went into effect in July 2017. ...download>>
Attached is a sample letter that you can use to contact your legislators. Please click HERE to easily find your legislators. Please also consider adding a personal message to the letter. ...download>>
A general brochure with more information about the Game of Logging chainsaw safety training. Please let us know which classes you are interested in by sending us the form included in the brochure.
The Emerald Ash Borer(EAB) is an invasive beetle that has killed millions of ash trees from the Midwest to the Northeast United States. EAB has been confirmed in most of Pennsylvania, leaving landowners wondering what to do with the ash in their yards and woodlots. The following brochure can provide more information how to manage your dead or dying ash trees. ...download>>