Sometime between now and the the middle of May, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will complete two prescribed fires within the boundary of the Penn State Stone Valley Forest in northern Huntingdon County. With approval from Penn State's Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, the Game Commission will be conducting these two low-intensity prescribed fires to improve the midstory and understory habitat conditions of the forest area, while providing a field site to demonstrate and display the use and effects of prescribed fires to University students, staff and faculty, as well as the general public.
Penn State students will have their first chance this fall to take a new course on rural road ecology and maintenance, developed by the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at Penn State’s Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute. The course, ERM/FOR 497 Rural Road Ecology & Maintenance, is jointly hosted by the Environmental Resources Management Program and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
Author and researcher Keith Bildstein will recount his study of the ecology of turkey vultures during a free public presentation at Penn State's University Park campus.
The first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and bio-based economic development, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Since the 1930s, the composition of forests in the region has changed markedly, according to Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology at Penn State. Drought-sensitive, fire-intolerant tree species, such as maple, birch and hemlock, have become more prominent, and drought-resistant, fire-adapted species, such as oak, hickory and pine, have declined.
What would you do without water? Farmers in drought areas are especially concerned by this question. As fresh water resources become scarce, one option for water-conscious farmers is to water crops with treated wastewater. This effluent is becoming a more popular option for applications that don’t require drinking-quality water. However, there are still questions about how the effluent interacts with and affects the rest of the ecosystem.
For Pennsylvanians watching the lead contamination problem in Flint, Michigan, and wondering whether their drinking water is safe, one water-resources specialist at Penn State University says residents with private wells, especially, should consider having their water tested.
The Deer-Forest Study, led by professors Duane Diefenbach and Marc McDill, is a collaborative project among Penn State, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry and the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
Michael Jacobson, professor of forest resources, and Armen Karmenian, assistant professor of production systems and modeling, look to plants as power source.
Calvin DuBrock, retired director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Management, recently was named the Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation in Penn State's Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
Andrew Egan, dean of the Faculty of Science and acting associate vice president for research at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, has been named chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State Greater Allegheny, effective Feb. 15, 2016.
Recent Penn State graduate Alyssa Davidge feels privileged to be a condor-monitoring technician in southern California.
Between Nov. 5 and the third week in November, the Forestland Management Office in the Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management will permit the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to complete two prescribed fires within the boundary of the Penn State Stone Valley Forest in northern Huntingdon County.
From birds to bats, forests to farmlands, Penn State Extension’s wildlife outreach website has a wealth of information that can help Pennsylvanians make decisions about wildlife-related problems as well as learn more about wildlife issues that affect their communities.
Twelve Penn State students competed at the 2015 Northeast Regional Collegiate Judging Contest hosted by The Ohio State University at Wooster, OH, October 13-16, 2015.
"Unpredictable stress can have dramatic and lasting consequences, both for humans and for free-living animals," said Lauren Chaby, Ph.D. student in neuroscience and ecology.
The Penn State Alumni Association has reprinted an article originally published by the Kittochtinny Historical Society that shares what life was like at the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy. The reprinting coincides with the University Libraries exhibit now on display at the Hintz Family Alumni Center that depicts how Penn State has fulfilled its University mission across Pennsylvania.
"We know that organic farming relies a good deal on tillage to manage weeds and to incorporate manure and cover crops into soils, and our research shows that this practice can pose environmental tradeoffs," said Denise Finney, postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Jason Kaye, associate professor of soil biogeochemistry. "Although it helps to reduce the use of chemicals, tillage -- especially fall tillage -- is an important driver of nitrogen dynamics and has potential environmental implications."
The grant funding is intended to address forest legacy planning among private landowners, including the transfer to future generations, land protection strategies and other tools used to keep woodlands intact. The project involves landowners across the northeastern United States.
Students in the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology Program have joined the efforts of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Jefferson County Conservation District to provide habitat development and improvement in and around Kyle Lake, a man-made body of water located in Washington Township, Jefferson County.