People make decisions every day that impact natural resource use and management, whether it's a consumer choice (e.g., "Will that be paper or plastic?") or a municipality adopting a forestry ordinance.
Extension in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management helps people make informed decisions that improve their own well-being and ensure clean water, viable populations of native wildlife, recreational opportunities, attractive communities, and the sustainable production of wood and paper products.
Environmental Soil Science
The program seeks to provide unbiased information and advice on issues that impact sustainable use and conservation of our soil resources, remediation and reclamation of polluted and degraded soils such a brownfields and mined lands, and soil based recycling of residual materials from agricultural, municipal, and industrial waste streams.
Forest Finance and Taxation
For information related to forest finance and taxation, natural gas taxation, agroforestry, woody biomass and county forest data.
Forest Vegetative Management
As a forest landowner or manager, there is a need for increased understanding of the impacts created by competing and invasive vegetation in our woodlots.
This program specializes in the use of GIS and related advanced information system technologies for environmental assessment, agriculture, and land management and planning.
The maple industry produces a wide-range of quality products with most production still going into syrup.
Non-Timber Forest Products
Botanicals, including medicinal herbs and health supplement production, have a long history in North America.
Tools and information on Penn's Woods, tending to your forestlands, the Pennsylvania Woodland Owners Associations and the Forest Stewardship Program.
Timber Market Report
The Pennsylvania Woodlands' Timber Market Report gives prices paid in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for standing timber (stumpage) and for logs delivered to sawmills during the current quarter of the current year.
Urban and Community Forestry
Over 80 percent of Pennsylvania's population live in towns and cities, most of which do not have the expertise to take care of their trees properly. Tree-lined streets and parks beautify our communities, enhance them economically, and improve the quality of our environment.
This website provides expert information and programs related to drinking water, water conservation, pond management, on-lot septic, non-point source pollution, water policy and watershed education.
Wildlife Outreach Center is your one stop location for finding extension fact sheets, handbooks, webinars, youth programs and answers to frequently asked questions about Pennsylvania wildlife.
WoodPro provides valuable information to wood products industries of Pennsylvania.
Penn State Extension and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is committed to educating youth, teachers, and other youth educators about renewable natural resources. We accomplish this work through the Pennsylvania 4-H Youth Development Program, curriculum resources for schools and environmental education centers, and teacher trainings.