Jenna Webster will co-present a lecture entitled “A New Approach to Local Regulation of Timber Harvesting in Critical Ecological Areas” with planner Ed Theurkauf of Theurkauf Design and Planning at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association.  Jenna and Ed’s session will explore how Pennsylvania’s municipalities can protect forestlands and integrate science-based best practices into regulations while still honoring timber harvesting as a state-protected industry.  Learn how one municipality with ecologically-significant forest developed an innovative ordinance to protect its unique habitats while still allowing for and promoting sustainable forestry practices.  Their session will overview timber industry protections, lessons from forest ecology, and how science-based site evaluation, harvest planning, and post-harvest management can form the basis for a possible new local regulatory standard.

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