UPPER DELAWARE REGION, PA and NY— On Thursday, October 30th, the Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners awarded their twenty-fourth annual environmental partnership awards. The Women and Their Woods initiative, led by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy with Penn State Renewable Natural Resources Extension and funding support from the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers, was the recipient of an Environmental Partnership Award. The awards pay tribute to those organizations and individuals of Northeastern Pennsylvania that have achieved environmental protection or conservation through partnering with others.

The Women and their Woods program is designed specifically for the needs of a growing number of women forest landowners. Women and their Woods is a network of forest landowners and professionals who work together in order to cultivate women’s connections to and care of healthy forests. Through quarterly newsletters, meetings and workshops, forest landowners learn about forest management topics such as forest ecology, tree identification, forest hydrology, wildlife habitat, and silviculture as well as network and learn from professionals and forest landowner mentors.

The Conservancy’s Stewardship and Education Coordinator, Amanda Subjin accepted theWomen_Woods award and had this to say: “It would be impossible to coordinate this initiative without the numerous dedicated, creative and conscientious women forest landowners with whom I am fortunate to work. Additionally, I am thankful to all of the professionals and partner organizations who have helped to build a strong network of women forest landowners and resources.”

The Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners include Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Northeast Office, PPL Corporation, Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company, and Wilkes University.

For more information on the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Women and Their Woods initiative, visit www.DelawareHighlands.org/watw or call 570-226-3164.