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Healthy Forests, Today and Tomorrow

The Illinois Forestry Association is a grass-roots organization with a diverse membership of concerned citizens, forest landowners, farmers, small acreage owners, forestry and natural resources professionals, arborists, community foresters, professors, administrators, urban professionals, wood-using business owners, and retirees with grandchildren. Our membership also includes conservation organizations, universities, state and federal agencies. We are hundreds of Illinois residents that have formed the IFA to educate, to act, and to promote because we are concerned about the future of forestry in our state. What we share is a belief that forestry is good for our state and country and that healthy forests must survive for future generations.


Join the Illinois Forestry Association and get connected to fellow landowners and resource professionals who care about healthy forests.


Learn how to protect and improve the trees and forests on your property. Leave the land better than you found it through proper management. Backed by trained professionals, we're striving to be your go-to source for information about forest stewardship.


Add your voice to the chorus of people who value Illinois' 5 million acres of forests. We are advocates for the policies and programs that landowners need in order to restore and maintain the health and productivity of this vital resource.

Upcoming events

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  • 07/02/2020 12:30 PM | Christopher Evans (Administrator)

    The Illinois Forestry Association recently partnered with the University of Illinois Extension Forestry Program to host a Forest Landowner Webinar Series. IFA wishes to thank the Illinois Forestry Development Council for providing funding in support of this series.  The presentations from that series were recorded and are now available for free viewing on IFA's webiste at or youtube channel at

  • 04/17/2020 10:18 AM | Zach DeVillez (Administrator)

    Make sure to check out Dr. Fredric Miller's forest health updates of 2019. In this update, Dr. Miller highlights many of the forest health issues that took center stage throughout 2019 including forest pests, and rapid white oak mortality. Fredric Miller is a professor of horticulture at Joliet Junior College, and a senior research analyst at the Morton Arboretum. Dr. Miller currently serves as the Illinois Forest Health Specialist.

    Please find the link to his "Forest Health Highlights 2019" below.


  • 02/07/2020 1:15 PM | Zach DeVillez (Administrator)

    Make sure to keep your eyes open for the announcement of four field days that will be held regionally. One of these field days should be within reasonable driving distance of wherever you may live in the state.

    A big thanks goes out to the Illinois Forestry Development Council, as well as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources who have made these field days possible by funding the events.

    We hope that you will come join us for an opportunity to learn more about responsible forest management.

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