Since our creation in 1993, the Sandy Cochran
Memorial Fund has overseen the Fund's endowment, currently
just over $30,000. We have made many awards to projects that
enhance the safety, professionalism, and communication of
our forestry community. Here are descriptions of several of
our projects to date:
The Warren County Loggers and Sawmillers Safety Competitions
The chief objective of this event is to "promote all
aspects of safety (safe work habits and procedures, safety
equipment, and a safety-minded attitude) among the loggers
and sawmillers of our region the work procedures and habits
which are judged in safety competitions are often carried
over to the work place." The Warren County event is
the last such activity in Pennsylvania, and the Sandy Cochran
Fund helped it survive and thrive.
The First Allegheny National Forest Forum May, 1995
"The goal of this first forum is to bring together
those who have an interest in the management of the ANF
and provide a constructive forum to define and discuss key
issues of the Forest Management Plan." About 100 people
attended the first Forum, and reports from attendees emphasized
the positive and cooperative attitude of all participants.
The Sandy Cochran Fund helped make this happen!
Kane Area Loggers and Sawmillers Safety Committee
Annual Meeting March, 1996
The Kane Area Loggers and Sawmillers Safety Committee sponsored
another annual meeting in 1996. This event is even more
important than it was when initially funded, in light of
the changes in workers' compensation in Pennsylvania. With
the help of the Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund, loggers and
sawmillers had the chance to get together, to learn accurate
and up-to-date information, and to improve their safety
Warren County Conservation District Youth Conservation
Camp . August, 1995
1995, for the first time, the Warren County Conservation
District Youth Conservation Camp had a Forest Stewardship
theme. With the help of the Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund,
the Conservation District was able to acquire Project Learning
Tree materials that they will be able to use again and again
to keep Forest Stewardship in the Conservation Camp Program.
Pfeiffer Nature Center, Portville, NY Forest Management
.. Summer 1999
On ten acres of second growth hardwoods in southwestern
Cattaraugus county, NY, the Pfeiffer Nature Center developed
a forest management demonstration area. With the help of
the Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund, five parcels of two acres
each were treated to represent a thinning from above, thinning
from below, high-grading, clearcut, and control treatment.
Each treatment included a 15-foot square deer exclosure.
Landowners and interested citizens can learn more about
forest management from this area.
AHUG Earth Day Essay Contest
The Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG) offered
all eighth graders in Warren, Forest, McKean, and Elk counties
the opportunity to participate in an essay contest to answer
the question, "What does forest stewardship mean to
you and your community?" Then AHUG invited each school's
winner to attend a conference filled with up-to-date information
and learning activities related to forest management. With
the help of the Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund and a local
State Senator, eighth graders across the region received
the message of good forest stewardship.
Copper Lumber Homes of our Own Education Project
Lawrence County Builders' Association sponsored local delivery
of an elementary education program called Homes of our Own.
The program offers children a chance to think, learn, and
discover through interactions with Builders' Association
members. They study the idea of home as human habitat, and
follow Tommy Tree from seedling to home and on to replenishment
of the harvested forest. With the help of the Sandy Cochran
Memorial Fund , even more children participated in this
program and carried home reinforcing materials, including
a tree seedling.
Penn State Extension Educational Displays: Deer Management,
Forest Management, Chain Saw Safety
With the help of the Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund, extension
educators from Penn State developed table-top displays on
many topics that reflected the interests of Sandy Cochran.
Over the years, these displays have been used at countless
events for foresters, loggers, and landowners.
Penn State Extension From the Woods Series: Forest
Stewardship, White-Tailed Deer
The Cooperative Extension Youth Programs faculty has developed
a wonderful series of 4-page color brochures on forestry-related
issues, complete with lesson plans and other teacher resources.
The Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund contributed to the development
of two publications in this series, which are still available
and relevant and can be found on the web at http://sftrc.cas.psu.edu/FromWoods/Stewardship.html,
Northwest Region Forest Landowners Conference
The Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry and Penn State Cooperative
Extension launched an annual meeting for forest landowners
in January of 1997. The program included a full day of speakers
on topics of interest to landowners, and the sessions have
continued and grown ever since, with the 11th held in February
2007, and many imitators around the commonwealth. The Sandy
Cochran Memorial Fund helped defray the costs of the first
session so that landowner registration could be held to
Allegheny National Forest Little Drummer Historical
Little Drummer Historical Pathway Interpretive Trail is
a public resource on the Marienville District of the Allegheny
National Forest. At some 40 points along a total trail of
3.1 miles, visitors learn about different types of wildlife
habitat and about the history of the forests of the Allegheny
Region. The guide to the trail is a beautiful 40 page, full-color
brochure. With the help of the Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund,
the Allegheny was able to reprint the brochure and continue
this wonderful interpretative program.