Loving the Land Through Working Forests

Directions to Moxie Woods

Conference Schedule

Session Descriptions

Meet the Presenters

Pre-registration is required. $15 per person,free for Members and children under 14. This conference qualifies for 5.5 CFE SAF Credits.

Directions to the Conference

Located at at Moxie Woods,148 Linn-Tyro Rd., Greenville, PA 16125.

Schedule of Events

8am Welcome & Sign-In Begins

8:45am Introductions & Orientation

9:00am Opening Address

Your Forest: Living & Working in the Future, Presented by Jim Finley, PhD

10:00am Morning Sessions (Concurrent)

11:30am Lunch (provided) & Moxie Woods Dedication

1:30pm Afternoon Sessions (Concurrent)

4:30pm Program Wrap-Up

Concurrent Sessions

Beginning a Path to Sustainable Forestry, Presented by Troy Firth

Sustainable Forest Management in the Menominee Tribal Forest, Presented by Marshall Pecore

Sustained yield management, as traditionally and currently practice on the Menominee Reservation, predates the concepts currently evolving in discussions among resource managers. The Menominee Tribe has learned from previous generations the functions of the forest ecosystem and the consequences that one component can have on another. It is understood that the whole resource needed is needed to protect any part.

Legacy Planning for the Woodland Owner: A Legal Primer, Presented by Nadia A. Havard, Esq.

Woodland Legacy Planning: Carrying Stewardship Forward, Presented by Allyson Muth

Good forest stewardship is about caring well for the woods to leave them in a healthier and productive place for those who come after you. It includes considering what happens to your land beyond your tenure. At least 60% of Pennsylvania's 738,000 private forest landowners intend to leave their forestland as a legacy to their heirs and other beneficiaries. Only 35% have actually discussed a legacy plan with potential future owners, and fewer still have a plan in place.

Legacy planning, comprised of estate planning, land stewardship, and communications, is a process to achieve a joint vision and a smooth transition between owners. In this presentation we'll talk about the importance of legacy planning, family planning, family communications, tools and resources for landowners to help navigate the complexities of this effort, and who stands ready to help make your hopes for the future a reality.

Forestry for the Birds, Presented by Terry Lobdell

This session will offer insight on how to improve your woodlot as bird habitat. Diversity is the key. Small changes can quickly increase the attractiveness of a property for birds. In addition to talking about different species of trees, shrubs and plants I will also focus on vernal pools and brush piles. The "worst first" approach to timber management fits perfectly in improving the attractiveness of a woodlot for birds.

Native Planting for Native Pollinators- A Brief History of Moxie Woods, Presented by Jean Engle

Meet the Presenters

James Finley, PhD is the Ibberson Chair of Forest Resources at Pennsylvania State University and Director of the Center for Private Forests




Jean Engle, the daughter of a USDA agronomist, has plant genes in her DNA. Those kicked in in the 1970s when she joined the Moxie Cooperative Community and began learning about organics and sustainable farm and forest management. Her life since then has been centered to a great extent on plants and wildlife habitat in both urban (Youngstown, Ohio) and rural settings, namely the land being dedicated at this conference as Moxie Woods. Her focus on the critical role of native species in ecosystems began with Doug Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home, in 2013, and she dates her horticultural life as BT and AT—Before Tallamy and After Tallamy.


Nadia A. Havard, Esq.concentrates her practice in tax law, estate planning, estate administration, and business law. She regularly employs efficient wealth transfer planning techniques and assists clients with their estate plans. Ms. Havard also actively assists business owners with dispute resolutions and business succession. She helps nonprofit organizations with restructuring and tax-exempt status matters. While in law school, Ms. Havard served as an intern in the New York State Attorney General’s Office Health Bureau, conducted legal research on tax benefits of corporate restructuring in Moscow, Russia and worked as a research assistant to a taxation faculty professor at Albany Law School. She speaks English, Russian and German.


Troy Firth is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, and owner of Firth Maple Products in Spartansburg, PA. Since 1971, Troy has practiced sustainable forestry, having a hand in the direct management of over 100,000 acres of Penn's Woods. He is also a leader in the sustainable non-timber forest products industry. A description of Troy's work and vision can be found in author Wendell Berry's 2013 essay "A Forest Conversation". Although he will do anything to further the Foundation's mission and protect this region's forests, he is most at home in the woods, which is where you will find him for this compelling forest walk and presentation.

Terry Lobdell is a graduate of Edinboro University with a B. S. in Elementary Education. He currently works for the Barber National Institute in Erie PA. A longtime educator, Terry worked part time at the French Creek Outdoor Learning Center teaching ecology to elementary school students from 2001 until 2011. A vigilant conservationist, Terry has monitored bluebird boxes on his property for 25 years. He manage his property to be wildlife friendly and he sees new species every year.

Allyson Brownlee Muth began at Penn State in 2004 as a Forest Stewardship Program Associate working with the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards Volunteer Program and conducting outreach to forest landowners across the state (and beyond). Allyson has degrees in forestry and an Ed.D. with an emphasis in Collaborative Learning. She has worked in the forest industry and for private consulting firms and has a strong interest in peer learning and in creating dialogue to advance understanding of forest stewardship issues and opportunities.


Marshall Pecore is presently the Forest Manager for Menominee Tribal Enterprises in Wisconsin, the Tribal organization responsible for forest management of the Tribal forest, since 1975. Marshall is married with 2 children and has a B.S. degree in forest management from Michigan Tech University. Throughout his career, he has been on a number of State and Native American organizations concerning forestry, and has written a number of articles for both professional publications and Native American magazines.