Penn State was founded in 1855 as the Farmers High School and later became the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania. In 1863, it was designated as the Commonwealth's sole land-grant institution. The missions of Penn State, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management are resident education, research, and outreach.
The Department of Forestry at The Pennsylvania State College was established in 1907, four years after the start of the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy at Mont Alto. The Penn State program absorbed the State Forest Academy in 1929. A wood products undergraduate curriculum was added in 1941, and a wildlife and fisheries science curriculum was added in 1981.
Written by Dr. Henry Gerhold for the 100th anniversary of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in 2007, A Century of Forest Resources Education at Penn State reviews progress in academic programs and facilities and examines the accomplishments of some of our more interesting and prominent graduates and faculty. The events that led up to the founding are described first, featuring several pioneering men and their sole female peer. The principal developments of the initial 50 years then provide background for the ensuing expansion of the faculty, facilities, administrative organization, and graduates of the last five decades. Fascinating little-known tidbits—such as students hanging officials in effigy, an interloping bear in a classroom, administrative battles, and a tale of the original Nittany Lion—are interspersed among descriptive factual data.
A Century of Forest Resources Education at Penn State: Serving Our Forests, Waters, Wildlife, and Wood Industries
By Henry D. Gerhold
March 2007 | 6 x 9 | 264 pages | 40 illustrations | Hardback
$35.00 plus $5.00 shipping (International addresses will be charged additional postage)
To order, call 814-865-7541 or e-mail ForestResources@psu.edu.