Invitation to Attend PA Forest Heritage Association Annual Meeting Norlo Park, Chambersburg PA- Saturday, November 11, 2017 Theme: Keeping On the Right Course
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association (PFHA) will provide something of interest to all of our membership. Come and join us in celebrating the present accomplishments of YOUR organization and help plan for the future.
8:45 Arrival/Registration – Coffee and Snacks
9:30 Introduction – State of the PFHA – Review of Summer at the Discovery Center
PFHA – What the Future Holds – Sebasovich
Presentations: “The PaFORE Program – Michael Klimko
“Colorado Wildfire” – Austin Grove
“George Wirt and the Birth of Pennsylvania Forestry – J J. Graham
Brief Business Meeting / Election of Directors
12:30 Catered Lunch – Savoy Caterers of Waynesboro
Entertainment – The PFHA Players & “Jelly Elliott and the Three Knotheads”
Fire Lookout Association Update
2:00 Selection of Raffle Winners
2:15 Special Program
3:00 Adjournment – Optional Visit to Local Fire Tower
Total Fee = $25.00 includes lunch
Registration Deadline: November 1
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Please make check payable to PFHA. Mail registration form and fee to:
Jack Graham, 365 Peach Ridge Rd., Elliottsburg, PA 17024
Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association and the
Pennsylvania Forestry Association held the 16th Annual Golf
Outing Friday, June 23, 2017. The rain-shortened event was
held at the Rich Valley Golf Course in Mechanicsburg, PA.
48 golfers in 12 foursomes participated in the event. A midafternoon
storm shortened play but all agreed it was a great
The First Foursome was Rick Klimkos, Shannon Terry, Matt
Kring and Tag Kring.
The second foursome was Shane Hoover,
Brent Will, Andy Masson and Mitch Morrill.
In third place was
the foursome of Dave Klinger, Steve Kline, Terry Felty and John
The Pot of Gold was won by Ken Brenner. Closest to the pin on
#5 was Rick Klimkos. The longest drive on #7 was Dave Klinger.
Despite the rain, the intrepid golfers tried their best to play out
but the torrential rains just would not allow play to continue.
Following the golf, dinner was served at the clubhouse where
the prizes were awarded.
While volunteering at the Discovery Center this past weekend I noticed that the firefighter photo popup was really popular with the young visitors. It really attracted attention of almost all the children!
And who wouldn’t want to see what they look like as a wildfire fighter!
The Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association opens the Forest Heritage Discovery Center at Caledonia State Park from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. We are open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and holidays. Here are the signup schedules:
The annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association was held on November 12, 2016 at the Caledonia State Park Office Conference Room. Twenty members were in attendance. Some things of note that occurred at the meeting were:
The board of directors are seeking comments from the membership on the wording of the mission statement (found at the end of the winter 2016 newsletter). Since the name change is official the statement should reflect that.
Jim Hyland from the Bureau of Forestry in District 12 is heading the BOF Forest History Committee.
The Golf Outing will be held June 23, 2017.
The Association received and opened the photo collection of Thomas C. Harbison, a graduate of Mont Alto and a former State Representative.
During the year the Discovery Center had more than 1,300 visitors.
Joseph Dague receives the George Wirt award.
If you stop by the Discovery Center on a regular basis you are likely to run into Joe Dague. Joe is tireless in his volunteer efforts to promote PFHA, and for his outstanding efforts he was presented with the 2016 George H. Wirt Award for his work on behalf of the mission of the association. Joe is pictured above with Jack Graham who presented the award
Yesterday’s Smokey Bear birthday party at the Forest Heritage Center at Caledonia State Park was a great success. Over 115 people came to wish Smokey a Happy Birthday and learn a little about wildfire safety and the story of forest conservation in Pennsylvania. Given that it was a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon, there were many visitors at the park, including families with children.
Many thanks to our sponsors: Walmart for the cake and sub, and McDonald’s for the drinks.
Thanks to our volunteers: Bob Rudy (sponsors and Smokey), Joe Dague (volunteer and firepump demonstrator), and Peter Linehan (volunteer).
Thanks to Caledonia State Park Director Phil Schmidt and Ranger Brandon Black for your help. And finally thanks to Phil Bietsch from Bureau of Forestry District 1 for helping us get the Smokey suit.
We will be celebrating the birthday of Smokey Bear on Sunday, August 7 at the Forest Heritage Center from noon to 5pm. There will be games and refreshments. And rumor has it that the guest of honor himself will be there!