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Today, more is known about the importance of forests and trees to our environment, community, and economy than ever before. Founded on the principles of Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the US Forest Service, the Pinchot Institute strives to provide critical information pertaining to our forests internationally. Because forests play a significant role in establishing a sense of place and contributing to community quality of life, the Pinchot Institute is working diligently to sustain healthy forests and the resources they provide for generations to come.

Pennsylvania's Forests: How they are changing and why we should care
Pennsylvania remains one of the most forested states in the nation. It includes some of the most intact and bountiful hardwood forest lands in the temperate world. This was not always the case...
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Stewardship Contracting
Stewardship Contracting is a valuable ecosystem management tool for national public lands. This type of land management contracting is being used to by the USDA Forest Service and USDOI Bureau of Land Management to address concerns about forest health issues while working to also meet the needs and expectations of rural, forest-based communities, and other constituencies concerned with the management of federal forests. Since 2004, the Pinchot Institute has worked to monitor the roles played by local communities and other segments of the public interested in stewardship contracting.
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Deer Impacts
High deer populations cause serious socioeconomic and ecological concerns to communities and forest ecosystems. The Pinchot Institute recently released a report revealing that Pennsylvania is ahead of many states in finding new and better ways to bring deer populations in balance with nature.
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Forest Certification
The past 15 years have seen increasing landowner interest in independent, third-party certification as a means to ensure and demonstrate conservation-minded forest management. Along the way the Pinchot Institute has helped public agencies, First Nations, corporations, and universities test certification on their lands. We specialize in assessing certification systems and in helping landowners understand how they can be applied on their forestlands.
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Family Forests
45% of America's family forests are owned by individuals over 65 years of age. During the next two decades, the U.S. will witness the largest intergenerational transfer of private forest lands in its history. What will this mean for forest conservation? Given the economic pressures for development and land conversion, what policy changes are needed to help landowners keep forest as forest?
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LandServer is a web-based natural resource assessment tool that allows landowners and operators to determine their eligibility for current and emerging ecosystem markets and traditional conservation programs. The Pinchot Institute is introducing this easy-to-use tool to help conserve natural lands and promote clean air, water and habitat.
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U.S. Action on Sustainable Forests
In response to the development of international guidelines for sustianable forest management developed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Forests, the Pinchot Institute worked with multiple partners to evaluate the adequacy of current efforts, and propose priorities for future efforts.

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