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October 3, 2011

Paul Smith, professor of forest products marketing at Penn State, leads the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance's Environmentally Preferred Products Group, which will seek to provide focused information on environmental impacts in a way that is meaningful for industry, government leaders, purchasing managers and consumers. With a five-year budget of nearly $636,000, the researchers hope to quantify environmental and social values and determine how those values influence purchasing decisions for biofuel-based products.

September 29, 2011

Extreme weather conditions may not cause a less brilliant foliage display this autumn, according to a forest expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Ironically, the climate extremes may not be so much to blame as what is happening now, explained Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology.

September 26, 2011

When one thinks of woodworking and power tools, women and Penn State may not be the first things that come to mind. But in the case of Carol Chang, they are entirely relevant.

September 16, 2011

In a six-year study, Sarah Pabian, who recently received her doctoral degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, monitored populations of ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla) in four forested, 100-hectare sites in central Pennsylvania.

September 1, 2011

Forest Science senior Tim Benedict placed third in the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Event Aug. 28 in Salem, Ore. -- one of just six students who qualified for the finals of the lumberjack competition.

September 1, 2011

"Nationwide, our forest area is stable, but for Pennsylvania, the most recent assessment suggests a small decline in forest area as development in our more-urban areas outpaces farmland abandonment," notes Jim Finley, professor of forest resources.

August 17, 2011

Michael Jacobson, associate professor of forest resources, and Tim Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics, examined how gas drilling and production activities are affecting municipal government and services in two rural counties where they are occurring.

July 11, 2011

Mark Gagnon, visiting assistant professor of sustainable entrepreneurship (and School of Forest Resources alumnus), recently was named entrepreneurship coordinator by dean Bruce McPheron.

June 30, 2011

Many people are unaware of the potential wildfire risk that at times exists in local communities. To increase public understanding of wildfires, experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences compiled "Wildfire," a new publication in Penn State Extension's popular From the Woods series.

June 20, 2011

Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Science (non-tenure track 36-week appointment), School of Forest Resources, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State, University Park. Available 08/01/11.

June 6, 2011

American ginseng has been collected from Pennsylvania forestlands for more than 250 years, but Penn State researcher Eric Burkhart was astonished by how little was known about the industry focused on the gathering of a wild herb.

June 2, 2011

The research could help the more than 170 countries that have agreed to comply with new shipping guidelines known as the International Standard of Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 -- ISPM-15 -- according to John Janowiak, professor of wood products engineering.

May 12, 2011

Gary San Julian, professor of wildlife resources, has fielded many inquiries about the Eastern cougar's status in recent decades. He wanted to believe that some remnant cougar population survived in northcentral Pennsylvania, or elsewhere in the East, but he knew better.

May 3, 2011

Penn State Wildlife and Fisheries Science major James Feaga conducted research last summer on avian use of restored wetlands through the McNair Scholarship program.

April 26, 2011

One of the researchers is Nicole Brown, associate professor of wood chemistry. She received $894,507 to create enhanced-value opportunities for biofuel co-products and residues produced in biofuel-production facilities and iron foundries.

April 19, 2011

Wood Products seniors Shaun Herbst and Brandon Treece have built two guitars that will be auctioned as a fundraiser for the Penn State Student Chapter of the Forest Products Society. Both guitars will be posted on eBay Friday, April 22, thru Friday April 29.

April 6, 2011

Forest Resources Institute for Teachers -- often referred as FRIT -- provides first through seventh grade teachers the information and educational tools needed to teach a balanced environment and ecology curriculum related to Pennsylvania's renewable natural resources.

March 3, 2011

John Carlson, professor of molecular genetics in the School of Forest Resources, is principal investigator on the project, "Comparative Genomics of Environmental Stress Responses in North American Hardwoods," funded by the NSF Plant Genome Research Program.

February 11, 2011

The Wildlife Outreach Web-center, or WOW, offers in-depth information on a variety of wildlife topics ranging from habitat enhancement to controlling nuisance and damage problems that occasionally occur between people and wildlife. Visitors also can find the names of agencies and individuals across the state that can help resolve issues ranging from the skunk under the deck to the injured bird in the backyard. Downloadable fact sheets are included for most topics.

February 1, 2011

The Heinz Endowments recently awarded a team of Penn State researchers a $412,000, three-year, grant to identify and mitigate the effects of Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration and development on the forest ecosystem. The interdisciplinary research team, led by Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, and Patrick Drohan, assistant professor of pedology, both faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences, also will develop land management practices and a monitoring program to reduce the Marcellus disturbance footprint.