2018 Annual Meeting Information

Announcing the Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association 2018 Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Penn State Mont Alto MAC Building, Room 122.


  • 8:00 Meeting room open. (Coffee and pastries provided)
  • 9:00 Review of summer and current activities of PFHA. President Peter Linehan.
  • 9:30 History of PA Forest Fire Museum Association and PA Forest Heritage Association. Where did we come from and what have we accomplished? John Bitzer.
  • 10:00 Discussion of the merger with the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. Where do we go from here?
  • 11:00 Presentation: The Life of Forestry Students in 1908, How the World has Changed, or Not?
  • 11:30 Business meeting and awards.
  • 12:00 Lunch is Dutch Treat at the Mill Café. They will be ready for us with a hearty selection.
  • 1:00 Tour of the Penn State Mont Alto arboretum.
  • 2:00 Adjourn

The cost of the meeting is $10.00 per person. Please pay the day of the meeting.

Click here to register online. Or download this registration form.

We hope to see you there!

The picture shows recent visitors to Penn State Mont Alto. They didn’t stay long, but moved on to the Michaux State Forest.

2017 Golf Tournament Results and Sponsors

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.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors.

Summer 2017 Volunteer Signups

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:

Remember that more than one person can sign up for a date. If you have any questions contact me at pel2@psu.edu

Forester Patriotism in WWI

In the collection of the PFHA are many of the annual reports submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Forestry in its first few decades. These are hardbound books of varying thicknesses.

In the 1916-17 report there is a section on THE GREAT WAR.  I thought it was appropriate to highlight as we are now in the centennial of the First World War. Here is the opening paragraph:

The entrance of the Government of the United States into the German War on April 6, 1917, was the signal for many of the foresters, former foresters, students, and employes (sic) to think of immediate entry into the service and were accepted as rapidly as they offered themselves. The majority entered by voluntary enlistment. Their names, ranks, and units of service are indicated in the following table:

There followed a list of 41 men, including Edwin A. Ziegler, who was the Director of the Forest Academy at Mont Alto. The names of six Mont Alto students who had enlisted in the Army were listed subsequently.

It seems that foresters have long been a patriotic group!