Welcome To PATrees.org

Trees. They are an important part of Pennsylvania’s landscape and history, providing a wealth of benefits and ecological services to the residents and visitors of the Commonwealth. It’s right in our name – Pennsylvania means “Penn’s Woods” named for its founder William Penn. Nearly 60% (or 17 million acres) of Pennsylvania’s 28 million acres are forested.

Whether it a large tract of forested land, a small wooded homesite, a backyard shade tree, or a row of trees lining a community’s street, they all serve a purpose and provide benefits such as shade, color, beauty, wildlife habitat, clean water and air, and increase property values.

What is PA Trees?
This site was created as a place to learn about Pennsylvania’s trees, how to care for them, and tap into tree expertise across the Commonwealth. It is designed to help answer many of your questions such as:

  • How trees grow?
  • How should they be cared for?
  • What kind of tree should I plant?
  • How do trees help our lives and communities?
  • Why is my tree dying?
  • What species of trees do I have?
  • Is my tree safe or will it fail in the next storm?
  • How do I find a qualified arborist to care for my tree?
  • Will topping my tree really hurt it?

PA Trees will help you dispel old myths about tree care and find research-based information and resources that will help you care the trees that improve our quality of life.

PA Tree News



Woods in Your Backyard Workshops

The Woods in Your Backyard Workshops were held in Northeastern Pennsylvania on March 30 and 31, 2012. Close to 200 people attended these programs to learn how to manage their backyards (wooded or not) in a sustainable manner. The workshop presentations are downloadable as PDFs at the Presentations Page

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Become A Tree Tender!

Learn how to plant and care for trees in your neighborhood! Attend the Tree Tender Training that will be held on June 4, 2011 at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. The workshop begins at 8am and runs until 4pm. Download a flyer for the program

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PA Community Forests Newsletter- Spring 2011 Issue

The Pennsylvania Community Forests Newsletter has gone paperless!
Download the PDF version of the newsletter, open it on your computer and use the links to connect with the stories, videos, and web-related resources.

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Wisconsin Arborist Association Conference Presentation

View or download a Presentation that was delivered at the Wisconsin Arborist Association Conference that describes the role of trees and forests in managing urban stormwater.

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Managing Municipal Stormwater Workshop Slides

View or download slide presentations from a Managing Municipal Stormwater Workshop that was held in York, PA on December 15, 2010.

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PA Urban Forestry News - Going Green!

In the spring of 1992, Pennsylvania Community Forests launched Urban Forestry News in an effort to communicate with municipalities, shade tree commissioners, community volunteers, non-profits, and the green industry. Each year two to four issues of the newsletter were mailed to over 14,000 people across the Commonwealth.

With rising costs, shrinking budgets and the new digital age we all live in, it seemed like the time to move to a digital newsletter and save resources.

The fall 2010 issue of the newsletter can be downloaded and read here.
Download the Fall 2010 PA Urban Forestry Newsletter

If you wish to continue receiving the new electronic Community Forestry News, visit www.pacommunityforests.org and click on “Receive PA Community Forests Newsletter” and enter your contact information.

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