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[ Forest Management Guidelines ]     -     [ Best Management Practices ]

Pennsylvania developed forest management guidelines in 1993 as a means of establishing minimal acceptable practices that provide the fundamental basis for practicing sound and sustainable forest management in Pennsylvania. They are designed to benefit a wide array of forest resources and values and can be used and applied by landowners, loggers, foresters, and other natural resource professionals. These guidelines are divided into three important categories:

Private non-industrial forest landowners have a critical role in maintaining the sustainability of Pennsylvania's forests, as they comprise 70% of the total forest land ownership base. Private landowners have the ultimate responsiblity for what happens on their land, however, they must also understand that the effects of their activities can extend beyond their property boundaries. Forest landowners should work with natural resource professionals and follow Pennsylvania's forest management guidelines when planning and implementing land-management activities. They should also be aware of both the short- and long-term effects of those activities.
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