10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Tree Farm Program Committee of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association announced today the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year: Beckets Run Woodlands, a 110-acre family owned Stewardship Forest 20 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh in Forward Township, Allegheny County.
In making the announcement, the committee cited Beckets Run Woodlands' unique approach to forest conservation "They are creating a model for improving severely disrupted forest areas, restoring and protecting the forest ecosystem so that it can again provide the services and products that are so basic to our lives".
Using multiple technical and financial resources available to Pennsylvania landowners, including government and university sponsored programs and the commercialization of recreational hunting and mineral development, forming partnerships with neighbor landowners and establishing a formal commitment to standards of conservation, Beckets Run Woodlands is creating a model that derives value not just from timber production potential, but also from forest conservation itself.
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