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About the Hardwoods Development Council

Keeping Pennsylvania Growing means managing the abundant forest resources located within the state's borders.  The Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council is responsible for the development, expansion and promotion of the hardwoods industry in Pennsylvania.  As the number one state for hardwoods production, the Council plays an important role in promoting Pennsylvania's forests and wood products.

The Council meets it's responsibilities by working with state and local governments and other entities to promote access to timber resources on private and public land.  They also promote and expand the development, processing and manufacturing of value-added forest products, as well as support and assist the forest products industry in developing domestic and foreign markets for value-added products.  This work is rounded out by extensive efforts to promote public knowledge of the forest products industry in Pennsylvania and engage citizens in conversations about the role forest products play in their daily lives.

Hardwoods Development Council Members

The Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council was created by an act of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1988 to promote the Commonwealth's forest products industry.  The 29 member Council represents the Governor's cabinet, the Pennsylvania General Assembly, industry, regional hardwood groups, academia, and other agencies.

  • Honorable Russell C. Redding, Chairman - Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
  • Mr. Keith Atherholt - Lewis Lumber Products
  • Honorable Lisa M. Boscola - Senate of Pennsylvania (D)
  • Mr. Patrick Cannin - AMES
  • Mr. Bradley Cardinale – The Pennsylvania State University
  • Mr. Mark Critz - Pennsylvania Rural Development Council
  • Mr. Doug Cummings - Cummings Veneer Products
  • Honorable Dennis M. Davin - Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Resources
  • Mr. Lucas Dillinger - Domtar Paper, Inc.
  • Honorable Cindy Adams Dunn - Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Mr. Matthew Gabler - Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
  • Honorable Yassmin Gramian, P.E. - Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Mr. Anthony Hahn - Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation
  • Honorable Scott Hutchinson - Senate of Pennsylvania (R)
  • Mr. Marc Lewis - Pennsylvania Forestry Association
  • Ms. Nancy McCloskey – Hancock Natural Resource Group
  • Ms. Melissa Morgan - PA State Association of Township Supervisors
  • Mr. Jeffrey Nichols - Deer Park Lumber
  • Honorable Noe Ortega - Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Honorable Eddie Day Pashinski - Pennsylvania House of Representatives (D)
  • Ms. Stephanie Phillips-Taggart - Keystone Wood Products Association
  • Honorable Kathy Rapp - Pennsylvania House of Representatives (R)
  • Mr. Patrick Rappold (Ex-Officio) – USDA Forest Service
  • Mr. Aaron Rowles – Rowles logging, Inc. 
  • Ms. Amy Shields - Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group
  • Ms. Ellen M. Shultzabarger - State Forester
  • Mr. Devin Smith – Northern Tier Hardwood Association
  • Mr. David Yeany - Yeany Maple LLC
  • Vacant - Furniture Manufacturer