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2010

Penn State Extension Offering Natural Gas Taxation, Finance Workshops
December 20, 2010
The programs will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 12, Jan. 19, and Jan. 26, and will be geared for financial advisers, such as attorneys, accountants, financial planners, tax preparers and small-business owners. Landowners also are welcome.
Forest Education Program Branching Out, Reaching Youth
December 10, 2010
Two years ago, Penn State's School of Forest Resources and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry teamed up to offer a free program to teach youth about forests and the concept of forest stewardship. Since then, more than 5,000 youths have participated.
Burning Wood Still an Economical and Sustainable Way to Help Heat Home
December 1, 2010
At today's fuel prices, burning wood remains a wise and viable option to reduce home-heating bills, according to a forest resources expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State Mourns the Death of Slain Alumnus, David L. Grove
November 17, 2010
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of 2004 Wildlife and Fisheries Science graduate David L. Grove, who was killed in the line of duty on November 11.
Research Explores whether Fish Feel Pain
November 16, 2010
Do fish feel pain? The question is so troubling that many wish it were not even asked in a serious way, let alone answered.
Students Get up Close and Personal with Migrating Songbirds
October 19, 2010
Every weekend since the end of August, a group of Penn State wildlife and fisheries science students have been learning to band birds along the edge of a wooded area at the Arboretum at Penn State.
Timber Taxation and Natural Gas Taxation Workshops Announced
September 24, 2010
These one-day workshops are for financial advisers including attorneys, accountants, financial planners, foresters, tax preparers, and small-business owners. Interested forest landowners are also invited to attend.
Grace Appointed Penn State Goddard Chair in Forest Resources
September 11, 2010
Dr. James R. "Jim" Grace, deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR), has been selected as the new Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation. He began his three-year term on August 23, 2010.
University Turns Downed Trees into Treasured Keepsakes
August 21, 2010
The University is preserving the wood from its fallen elms, some of which graced the campus for nearly 100 years, in a new line of furniture and picture frames now available to Penn State alumni. School of Forest Resources Alumni Marc Lewis and Keith Atherholt are part of the effort!
Forest Stewards Gather at Rock Springs, Celebrate Making a Difference
July 26, 2010
When the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards convened their annual meeting on July 24, at the Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, they celebrated making a difference for the state's woodlands.
Small Fish Exploits Forbidding Environment
July 20, 2010
Jellyfish moved into the oceans off the coast of southwest Africa when the sardine population crashed. Now another small fish is living in the oxygen-depleted zone part-time and turning the once ecologically dead-end jellyfish into dinner, according to an international team of scientists.
Extension Receives Grant to Enhance Water-conservation Education
July 5, 2010
Many people use water like we have a limitless supply, but we don't, said Bryan Swistock, water resources senior extension associate who recently oversaw the creation of a number of educational resources on water conservation. "Water is a finite resource," he said. "But like any other commodity on this Earth, it won't last forever if we don't conserve and use it wisely."
AgChoice Scholars Program
April 28, 2010
AgChoice Farm Credit recently created the AgChoice Scholars program, a unique experiential learning opportunity for a small group of Penn State students.
Penn State Pond Guru Says Get Your Water Tested
April 16, 2010
Bryan Swistock is sort of the Dr. Phil for pond owners -- they call him when they are having problems. And this time of year, he has a lot of patients. Spring has sprung -- the air is warm, the sky is blue -- and too many ponds and small lakes are green, bright green, and getting greener by the day.
Coyotes not Decimating Deer Numbers According to Expert
March 12, 2010
It's a question that has captured the imagination of Keystone State deer hunters and wildlife lovers: Has increased predation on helpless deer fawns by an growing population of Eastern coyotes resulted in dwindling whitetail numbers across Pennsylvania's rugged northern reaches? The answer is no, according to a deer researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
In Pennsylvania, It's Time to Make Maple Syrup
February 19, 2010
As winter loses its grip on Pennsylvania, warmer days followed by cold nights signal the beginning of maple syrup season. When spring conditions are right, sap in sugar maple trees begins to flow, and sugars made with last summer's sun move from their storage sites into the tree's trunk, according to Bob Hansen, Penn State Cooperative Extension forest resources educator based in Tioga County. Mid-February to early March normally heralds the arrival of the "right" conditions, and the season runs until early April most years.
SFR Career Fair
February 1, 2010
Friday February 26, 2010 @ Forest Resources Bldg. on University Park Campus.
Safe Water, Ponds, and Septic Systems in 2010 Water-Quality Webinars
January 22, 2010
Water quality and conservation will be the focus of five Web-based seminars produced by Penn State Cooperative Extension this spring. Topics will include water testing, septic systems, managing ponds and lakes, and safe drinking water. The first webinar will cover strategies to monitor water wells, springs,and streams that are near gas-drilling sites. That presentation will air at noon and again at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27.
Penn State Cooperative Extension Advises on Deer Balancing Act
January 22, 2010
Penn State Cooperative Extension is offering several programs this spring on deer and habitat management. According to Dave Jackson, extension forester, deer populations larger than the habitat can support pose serious problems for homeowners, agricultural producers, woodland owners and the public. Safety -- from Lyme disease to deer-vehicle collisions -- is one issue affecting many people. "A recent Maryland survey found that one out of six citizens knows someone who hit a deer with a car," he said. "Deer browsing reduces farm crop yields, damages landscape plantings and reduces forest plant diversity. Managing deer populations so they are in balance with the available habitat is essential."
Position announcement: The Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation