What's New at the Foundation

Announcing the consrvation of 15-acre Sugar Creek Access at Thompsons' Wood!

The Foundation for Sustainable Forests is pleased to announce the successful conservation of the 15-acre Sugar Creek Access at the now 194-acre Thompsons' Wood, located in Troy Township, Crawford County, PA.

This acquisition protects sensitive riparian forest around Sugar Creek, and ensures access in perpetuity to the rest of Thompsons' Wood for sustainable forestry activities.

The Foundation for Sustainable Forests is grateful to its members, whose directed donations made this conservation project a success!

2019 Annual Report

2019 was a year to remember!  Thanks for being a part of it.


  • 2019 Impact-at-a-Glance
  • A Message from our President
  • Thank you to our Supporters
  • Faces of Working Woodlands Conservation
  • Financial Summary
  • Emerging Themes in Forest Management
  • Upcoming Events

2019-2020 Fall/Winter Newsletter

Introducing the First Forest, Loving the Land Landowner Stories - The Thompsons and Introducing Thompsons' Wood, Celebrating Ewing Family Woods on Walk In Penn's Woods Day, a spotlight on upcoming events and more!


Ellery Forest Conserved Through Donation to Foundation for Sustainable Forests

A 113-acre woodland in Ellery has been donated to the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, a land trust based out of Northwest Pennsylvania.  The property was donated by Chautauqua residents Ted & Deborah First, who want to see the property forever protected as a healthy, working forest.

The conversation to conserve First Forest began in 2017. The Firsts felt that in order to best steward the land they so love, they needed a partner, and after nearly five years as owners, the Firsts decided to team up with the Foundation for Sustainable Forests.

55 Acres in Crawford County Conserved Thanks to Generous Couple

The Foundation for Sustainable Forests (FSF) has protected 55 acres of working woodlands in perpetuity thanks to a fortunate series of events and the generosity of an inspiring couple in Virginia.

Troy Firth is a Finalist for 2019 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award

Text is copied from https://sandcountyfoundation.org/news/2019/finalists-selected-for-pennsylvania-leopold-conservation-award


September 03, 2019

CAMP HILL, Penn. – Three finalists have been selected for the 2019 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award®.

2019 Spring/Summer Newsletter


In This Issue:

  1. Good Forestry in NW PA
  2. Landowners Tell Their Stories: Clarence & Deb Cleer
  3. Spring Photos
  4. Update from the Bail Family
  5. Upcoming Events 

Video & Slideshow about Troy Firth's Achievements

The video below was produced by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Dominion Energy to honor Troy Firth as a 2019 Recipient of the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award:

Foundation Protects 436 Acres in Warren County

The Foundation for Sustainable Forests recently conserved 436 acres of working woodlands in Warren County’s Southwest and Eldred townships. The conserved lands are comprised of three parcels within the Caldwell Creek watershed, a priority area of conservation for FSF.

PALTA Honors Troy Firth with Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award

On Friday, May 17, 2019 Troy Firth received the Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award at the annual Land Conservation Conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association.  Held this year at the Skytop Lodge in the Poconos, the conference also included presentations by the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, plus many themed presentations on the linkage between healthy forests and clean water.   Read the full article below:


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