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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.

February 1, 2011

If you want to know what animal assaulted your apple tree or committed a felony on your tulips, you should learn crime-scene-investigation techniques, according to a wildlife expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Gary San Julian, professor of wildlife resources, will present a free online seminar about those investigative techniques at noon and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7. That webinar will kick off a short, monthly series of webinars about wildlife damage presented by Penn State Cooperative Extension.

January 17, 2011

Penn State's School of Forest Resources has played an important role in the chestnut genetics portion of this multistate research project since its inception in 1982.

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.