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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. James R. "Jim" Grace
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.

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!

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

February 1, 2010

Friday February 26, 2010 @ Forest Resources Bldg. on University Park Campus.

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.

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."

December 10, 2009

Invasive plants are advancing into Eastern forests at an alarming rate, and the rapid spread has been linked by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to forest road maintenance and the type of dirt and stone used on roads. Perhaps predictably, according to David Mortensen, a professor of weed ecology who has been studying the spread of invasive plants for nearly two decades, humans are unwittingly accelerating the relentless march of invasives into even isolated forests.