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Snyder County > Departments > Conservation District > Woodland Management

 General Information

Some conservation districts in PA and the USA offer technical assistance on how private landowners can best manage their forested areas. However, Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) is not one of them. The closest thing SCCD deals with woodland management is gypsy moth monitoring, encouraging riparian buffer tree plantings and conducting our annual tree sale.

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) also encourages riparian buffer tree plantings and proper woodland management. However, most NRCS staff members have limited experience in large-scale forest management.

Therefore, woodland landowners have three options in this area:

  • Hiring a private consultant,
  • Contact a PA Bureau of Forestry's Service Forester,
  • Or a combination of the two.

If you choose to contact a PA Bureau of Forestry's Service Forester, please call 570-922-3344 at the Bald Eagle State Forest headquarters near Laurelton along PA 45. The Bureau of Forestry is part of the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR).

If you wish to hire a private consultant, call the Bald Eagle State Forest headquarters at 570-922-3344 to secure a list of certified forestry consultants.

 Walk in Penn's Woods Tour

As part of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association’s “Walk In Penn’s Woods,” the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) hosted a tour on the first Sunday in October since 2017.

The first tour was held at the “Trail of Trees” nature trail, located at the Selinsgrove Center farmland near Selinsgrove.  Nineteen (19) people attended the first ever event which included a guided walk through a half mile trail highlighting 23 identified tree species.

Another "Walk in Penn's Woods" was held in Snyder County on October 7, 2018. This time was at Faylor Lake outside of Beaver Springs.


On October 6, 2019, Snyder County's edition of "Walk in Penn's Woods" will be held again at Faylor Lake outside of Beaver Springs. Click here for detailed information on the 2019 Snyder County's Walk.

Note: For more information about the "Walk in Penn's Woods" series, go contact the Bald Eagle State Forest Office near Laurelton at 570-922-3344.

 Forestry Stewardship Planning

Forest stewardship plans begin with a meeting between the consulting forester and the landowner. The consulting forester collects information on the property and makes recommendations on how to manage the land in the future to meet the landowner's goals. Plans generally written with recommendations for the landowner need to be re-evaluated every ten years.

The Snyder County Conservation District has recently had a forest stewardship plan developed for the Selinsgrove Center Grounds with a private forestry consulting forester. For details about the development process, go to the SCCD Forestry Stewardship Plan Fact Sheet under the "Forest Stewardship Planning Downloads" section of this web page.

For more information about forest management plans in general, contact the PA Bureau of Forestry's Bald Eagle District Forest office near Laurelton at 570-922-3344.


Woodland value is not always measured by the quality of timber.  There are untapped treasures in the forest that can bring forest landowners some additional income.

On June 16, 2017, the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD), DCNR-PA Bureau of Forestry, and Community Partnerships RC&D hosted an Agroforestry Workshop at the Shade Mountain Winery, 16140 PA Route 104, Middleburg, PA. During the workshop, presenters from various groups gave information on the following:

  • Diversifying Farm Income with Agroforestry
  • Marketing non-timber products, medicinal plants, edible plants and mushrooms, maple syrup and ginseng
  • Raising multi-function riparian buffer plantings
  • Making your own charcoal

Click here for more details regarding this workshop.

 Tree Farm System

The woodland within the SCCD managed Selinsgrove Grounds also has been designated a Tree Farm participant. The American Tree Farm System(R) is sponsored by a non-profit organization [American Forest Foundation's (AFF) Center for Family Forests]. AFF targets privately owned land that is a minimum of ten acres. Participants must meet and maintain sustainable harvest and management standards and practices.

Contact the PA Bureau of Forestry's Bald Eagle District Forest office near Laurelton at 570-922-3344 or go to the AFF's American Tree Farm System website for details.

Note: The Central Susquehanna Woodland Owners Association (CSWOA), the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Program, along with the Conservation District, sponsored a tour of the woodland at the Selinsgrove Center Grounds in Penn Township, Snyder County on May 2010. Go to our Selinsgrove Grounds web page for more information.

 Contact Information

Snyder County Conservation District
10541 Route 522
Middleburg, PA 17842
Phone: (570) 837-3000
Fax: (570) 837-7300
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 SCCD Internal Links

 Woodland Management External Links

 Forestry Stewardship Planning Downloads