Livziey's 2011 Maurice K. Goddard Forest Management & Sustainability Award Winners

Jay and Joan Livziey were recently recognized for their strong commitment to managing their forest lands for the long-term benefit of future generations.
           The Livzieys, of Williamsport, were presented with the 2011 Maurice K. Goddard Forest Management & Sustainability Award at the Pennsylvania Forestry Association Annual Banquet held on September 17 in Mont Alto.
            Named after former DCNR Secretary, Maurice K. Goddard, the award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program and recognizes a Pennsylvania forest landowner who demonstrates long-term sustainability of their forest resource through forest management planning, implementing sustainable forestry practices, and being a role model/educator for other forest stewards.
            Jay, along with his wife Joan, own and manage 86 acres in Union County. The parcel was purchased in 1956 by Jay’s father and has been under Jay’s care and ownership since the early 1990s. His original Forest Stewardship Plan was completed in 1993 and was updated in 2005.
            The plans were used as guides for management of the property, including: building 2.5 miles of forest access roads, timber stand improvement, invasive plant species control, and native tree planting. Wildlife habitat on the property has been improved through the construction of two vernal ponds, mast tree release, the construction/placement of bird/bat houses, and the creation of many brush piles for shelter.
            For more information, visit DCNR's Private Forest Land Stewardship webpage.

(Reprinted from the DCNR's October 11 Resource newsletter.)


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