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Sustainable Forest Management Field Tours
Sustainable Forest Management Field Tours

Thu, May 16


Joel's Woods

Sustainable Forest Management Field Tours

Join us for a walk through Joel’s Woods with foresters and wildlife biologists to learn more about how to manage forests to achieve a variety of objectives.

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Time & Location

May 16, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Joel's Woods, 868 Sinking Creek Rd, Spring Mills, PA 16875, USA

About the Event

This workshop is for forest landowners and other outdoor enthusiasts who want to increase the value and long-term sustainability of private forests for timber, wildlife, water quality, diversity, conservation of rare species or any combination of the above.

  • Outdoor Exploration - Explore firsthand and appreciate the
  • Natural Beauty of PA Forest Ecosystems - See examples of forest management techniques to provide habitat for birds and other wildlife.
  • Practical Learning - See examples of forest management techniques to provide habitat for birds and other wildlife.
  • Networking - Interact with other participants, landowners, and professionals during the tour and learn about assistance programs and how to get started.

Come prepared to walk woodland trails rain or shine.


If you’ve ever wondered…

  • Do I need a management plan?
  • Why is it important to get started?
  • Can I manage for both timber and wildlife?
  • How can cutting trees save vanishing wildlife?
  • Is diversity important?

…then this day is for you!


Silviculture, invasive plant control, deer management, promoting wildlife diversity, young forest, and other birdfriendly habitat enhancement


In 2011, Joel Myers made a large timber harvest on his property in an attempt to diversify and create young forest conditions. He then went on to complete one of the largest tree planting and reforestation projects known in the area. He also seeded roads and log landings for wildlife, created food plots, developed early successional habitat, and controlled numerous invasive plants. Like most forests in the area, however, increasing pests, diseases, and invasive plant infestations over the past decade or more threaten the health and sustainability of the forest, creating additional management challenges. Recently, Joel sold the property. The new owners have named the property Joel’s Woods, LLC and are working with ClearWater Conservancy and partners to permanently conserve it and update the forest management plan to simultaneously improve timber productivity, wildlife diversity, and provide habitat for imperiled species.


ClearWater Conservancy

Audubon MidAtlantic

PA Game Commission

PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry

Brumbaugh Lumber


ClearWater Conservancy


Suzy Yetter


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