Your forest is part of something big. 

 Take a virtual tour of Bald Eagle Tree Farm for tips on         improving the health of Pennsylvania's woodlands. 

Your forest is working countless jobs...


Pennsylvania's forests are always working. They work together to form migratory routes for millions of animals. Forest cover works to cool and clean the air, keep soil in place and produce oxygen. Food, medicine and countless materials we need to survive and thrive also originate from the state's forests. And most of us know the feeling of being called to the woods to nourish our souls in natural beauty as we enjoy our favorite outdoor activities such as hunting and hiking. 

...and facing many threats.


A forest is unable to function naturally and maintain its health when diseases, non-native insects, and invasive plants disrupt the working relationship between wildlife, vegetation, water, and air. Also tipping the balance of these natural systems is forest fragmentation, where large forests are broken into smaller segments, often due to low intensity urban development. Many of these issues are present due to human activity, and it will take our help to manage them effectively.


There's a saying, "If you love your forest, don't leave it alone."


Over 70% (11.5 million acres) of Pennsylvania’s forests are privately owned woodlots, making woodland owners key to successful forest conservation. Many of these woodlots (63%) are less than 10 acres, so we need to work together to create real and lasting changes and shape the future of our forests. 

Shared landscapes call for shared action.


The Scotia Barrens Young Forest Initiative is part of ClearWater Conservancy's mission to ensure healthy forests and wildlife habitat. The main focus of this initiative is to foster stewardship across boundaries by identifying a common purpose, enhancing common knowledge, and promoting recognition of shared landscapes and the need for action.

Tour Bald Eagle Tree Farm, virtually.


To understand more about how to improve forest health and wildlife habitat, join us on a virtual tour of Bald Eagle Tree Farm owned by John Hoover. This 600-acre forest in Centre County, PA offers a unique opportunity to showcase a variety of forest management practices to increase diversity and benefit numerous wildlife species. The tour also includes information about where to start, how to find technical and financial assistance, and the importance of legacy planning.

Bald Eagle Tree Farm is owned by John Hoover and located in Blanchard, PA, off PA-150 N between Lock Haven and Bellefonte.
Take a virtual video tour to learn more about what makes a forest healthy….

  • What to look for in the canopy and forest floor

  • How to identify & control weedy invaders

  • How to help declining songbirds

  • Why creating or restoring temporary ponds and other wet areas is important for woodland creatures

  •  How to provide additional support for wildlife

  • Where to get started and who can help answer your questions

Contact ClearWater Conservancy to discuss these topics and the management of your woodlot/forest: Email or call us 814-237-0400

Take the video tour:


Tour introduction with Suzy Yetter, Ecologist, ClearWater Conservancy:


Learn about the tree farm's owner, John Hoover, as well as the many experts you'll hear from along the tour. 

Forest Management, with Mike Eckley, Forester and Instructor PSU DuBois:

Understanding the current condition of your woodlot is an important first step to understanding potential opportunities for management.  This tour stop covers the initial conditions of the Bald Eagle Tree Farm and how he developed a forestry program to achieve his goals. Learn about key forest condition factors that help diagnose the best management practices for your woodlot.  Basic forestry concepts such as composition, structure, and regeneration will be defined and integrated into the field tour experience along with correlations with social, economic, and ecologic outputs.  Forest evaluation through the lens of forest health, sustainability, and wildlife habitat will also be discussed.


Invasive Plants:


Invasive plants grow rapidly, spread aggressively, and displace native plants and wildlife. They cause a decline in species diversity, inhibit regeneration success, slow natural succession, and degrade habitats. This stop will discuss why we should all be concerned about invasive plants and their impact on wildlife. It also covers how to identify some of the most common invasive forest plants. And it will introduce you to various control measures used with a focus on herbicides.


Warbler Habitat Management with Josh Rittenhouse, Private Lands Forester, Golden-Winged Warbler:


Supporting a wide range of forest ages and structures provides diverse and desirable habitat conditions. This tour stop covers how woodlots can be managed to help at-risk songbirds, like the golden-winged warbler and cerulean warbler.

Vernal Pool Habitats with Jim Julian, Ecological Program Specialist, DCNR:


Forests and vernal pools are the perfect pair for a wide variety of wildlife that depend on both habitats, including many Species of Concern like the Jefferson salamander. Private landowners can play a key role in conserving these vital habitats. This stop covers four restored vernal pools at Bald Eagle Tree Farm and the different animals and plants found there.


Supporting Wildlife Habitats with Mark Banker, Wildlife Biologist:

Birds, mammals and amphibians, rely on forests to provide the habitat they need to survive. This stop reviews several habitats as well as actions taken at Bald Eagle Tree Farm to support crucial habitat and minimize browsing and other pressures on growing trees (e.g., food plots, apples, chestnuts).


Technical Assistance and Legacy Planning:


When John Hoover finished acquiring his 600-acre property, he faced the daunting next step of figuring out what to do with it. He started by putting in a wildlife food plot and talking with a forester about harvesting trees to increase habitat for deer, turkeys, grouse, and other game species. John continued to reach out through multiple organizations, including the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, American Bird Conservancy, and many others. Through these groups, he was able to get the technical and financial help he needed to plan and implement different forest management practices that not only improved his bottom line, but also created important habitats for many wildlife species, including at-risk songbirds like the golden-winged warbler and cerulean warbler. 

Additional Videos and Resources:


Forest FAQ's: Ask the Landowner


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The mission of ClearWater Conservancy is to conserve and restore our natural resources through land conservation, water resources stewardship, and environmental outreach across central Pennsylvania.


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State College, PA 16803


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