Across the Appalachian Plateau in Pennsylvania, 50 to 70 percent of shale-gas pads are being developed on slopes that could be prone to erosion and sedimentation problems, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Lysle Sherwin, director of the Center for Watershed Stewardship, worked with a local conservation association to enlist wildlife-minded landowners to create and restore habitat for the American woodcock.
Educators who teach youth about water resources can get useful information to help plan their curricula by attending "Dive Deeper," a youth water education summit to be offered Sept. 27 by Penn State Extension.
Patrick Drohan, assistant professor of soil science, Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, and others are working to shed scientific light on the vast landscape changes produced by shale gas development.
An international initiative recently brought experts from around the world to Iceland to explore the potential for innovation in natural-resource governance.
Forests are under stress, warned James Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources and director of the University's Center for Private Forests. They confront a wide range of challenges, from exotic insect pests and invasive plants to environmental conditions.
The first statewide Private Forest Landowners' Conference, hosted by the Center for Private Forests in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be held May 3-4, 2013, at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Laura Leites, research associate and instructor in forest biometrics, recently was named to the board of directors of the Resource Modeling Association.
Brad Gething, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Forest Resources wood products program, was honored by the Forest Products Society for his study, "The Computational Modeling of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Flow in Solid Wood Material."
As the Marcellus natural-gas play unfolds in Pennsylvania, several trends are becoming increasingly clear, according to researchers at Penn State.
Gary San Julian, professor emeritus of wildlife resources in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received the Gordon Kirkland Award for Lifetime Professional Achievement in Conservation from the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
At Penn State, it is not at all unusual for students with no hunting experience to enroll in the College of Agricultural Sciences' Wildlife and Fisheries Science major with the intention of becoming a wildlife manager after graduation, according to Gary San Julian, professor emeritus of wildlife resources.
John Carlson, professor of molecular genetics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been chosen to receive the 2011-12 Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.
This April 9 - 10, 2012 conference aims to bring together scientists, managers, conservation organizations, and industry representatives who are working with oil and gas development to share research results and management strategies.
Eric Johnson spent three months last summer as a wildlife intern in North Carolina, working with the Bald Head Island Conservancy, handling a wide variety of fascinating duties.
The rehabilitation of the historic Hort Woods, located on Park Avenue next to North Halls on Penn State's University Park campus, is scheduled to begin soon. The School of Forest Resources and the Horticulture Department are providing technical assistance along with oversight from the University Tree Commission.
Housed in the college's School of Forest Resources, the Center for Private Forests will foster the retention, stewardship and management of private forests, according to center director James Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources. "We intend to focus outreach and research on the stewardship of private forests and, through this process, create collaborative learning opportunities for students and stakeholders."
The three-decades-old initiative to restore American chestnut trees back into forests in the eastern United States has entered a new phase, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association is currently raising funds for an endowed scholarship at Penn State in honor of WCO David L. Grove who was shot and killed in the line of duty on November 11, 2010. WCO Grove completed a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Penn State in 2004; he was committed to the field of conservation law enforcement and was himself an avid hunter and fisherman.
Recent Penn State graduate Michelle Myers built some strong relationships while at Penn State, but she also built a passion to create enduring furniture.