Forester Patriotism in WWI

In the collection of the PFHA are many of the annual reports submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Forestry in its first few decades. These are hardbound books of varying thicknesses.

In the 1916-17 report there is a section on THE GREAT WAR.  I thought it was appropriate to highlight as we are now in the centennial of the First World War. Here is the opening paragraph:

The entrance of the Government of the United States into the German War on April 6, 1917, was the signal for many of the foresters, former foresters, students, and employes (sic) to think of immediate entry into the service and were accepted as rapidly as they offered themselves. The majority entered by voluntary enlistment. Their names, ranks, and units of service are indicated in the following table:

There followed a list of 41 men, including Edwin A. Ziegler, who was the Director of the Forest Academy at Mont Alto. The names of six Mont Alto students who had enlisted in the Army were listed subsequently.

It seems that foresters have long been a patriotic group!


2016 Golf Tournament

This year’s Golf Tournament will be at Rich Valley Golf Course on Friday, June 24th rain or shine. Click here for the tournament flyer and all the information you need to play or sponsor.

We changed the name of the Pennsylvania Forest Fire Museum Association to better define our mission which is to tell the story of Forestry in Pennsylvania. Our new name is the Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association.
Our Forest Heritage Discovery Center is located in Caledonia State Park. The Center is open every Saturday, Sunday, and major holiday; Memorial Day through Labor Day. Throughout the year, we take tour requests from school groups and special interest organizations. Last year we had over 1500 visitors. The revenue we receive from the golf outing goes to the Discovery Center to further educate the public. Last year we held a birthday party for Smokey Bear where children and adults alike learned about wildfire prevention and wildfire suppression in PA. This year the golf outing revenue will go towards construction of new displays for the Center.

Volunteer for the Discovery Center

One of the biggest projects of the PA Forest Heritage Association is volunteering at the Discovery Center at Caledonia State Park. The season goes from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Serving as a museum volunteer is a great way to learn more about Pennsylvania’s forest conservation heritage and meet interesting people. New volunteers will work with trained guides to learn the ropes. For more information fill out the form on the Contact page or email