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.