Maple Tour to Include Program on Sustainable Forestry

9/22/2012 7:00 AM

MILLHEIM, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the Foundation for Sustainable Forests will hold a field day and tour on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Firth Maple Products in Spartansburg, Pa., as part of the 2012 Pennsylvania State Maple Tour.

This program, Sustainable Forestry: Using Your Resources Now, While Improving Your Woods for the Future, will give participants an on-the-ground look at the maple “sugar bushes” at Firth Maple Products.

Troy Firth will teach participants how to judge tree quality and potential for harvest, how to use group selections to regenerate a forest, techniques for controlling forest invasive species and the benefits and logistics of logging with horses.

Firth started Firth Maple Products in 1972 and the Foundation for Sustainable Forests in 2004. He manages more than 10,000 acres of forest in northwest Pennsylvania and southwest New York, and will give participants a tour of two woodlots.

Tour-goers can attend the field day at the PASA member rate of $20. Lunch is included for those who pre-register by choosing the PASA Field Day option on the Maple Tour registration form or calling 814-349-9856, ext. 20.

More information on the tour can be found at

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