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Making a story map is a fun way to share your forest with others. You can start a map using the Tour Builder in ArcGIS and importing your images, as shown.
April 9, 2018

A story map is a simple way to share information about a place, embedding images, videos, and/or data into a customized map to share with other people.

Melissa Kreye
April 9, 2018

Melissa is the new Assistant Professor of Forest Resource Management in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State

Sarah Wurzbacher
April 9, 2018

Sarah is a new Forest Resources Extension Educator based in Williamsport.

April 9, 2018

The PA Tree Farm Committee is focused on inspections and adding value for 2018.

April 9, 2018

Arlyn and Marial Perkey, 2017 Pennsylvania Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, invite you to their Greene County, Pennsylvania Tree Farm.

Blustery, cold weather didn’t stop 36 hunters, along with 19 sponsors, from raising over $7,000 for Pennsylvania Children’s Hospitals.
April 9, 2018

The Pennsylvania forestry community recently raised a generous amount for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) designated Pennsylvania Children’s Hospitals by conducting a Log A Load For Kids Pheasant Hunt sporting event at the Warriors Mark Wing Shooting Lodge near Gintner, PA.

April 9, 2018

SFI Inc. is rolling out a new certification module to increase small land certification in the United States and Canada.

March 26, 2018

If you are among the landowners who have engaged in active stewardship of your land, consider the impact you could have in helping other landowners understand what you’ve come to know.

Native maple-leaf viburnum with red fall foliage adjacent to invasive privet, still green.
March 14, 2018

Help researchers understand the impact of shading from invasive shrubs on native plants through citizen science!

March 14, 2018

Spotted Lanternfly is a rapidly spreading threat to Pennsylvania's forest and agricultural communities. Recently the PA Department of Agriculture's Hardwoods Development Council created a series of Spotted Lanternfly Best Management Practices to encourage diligence in preventing further spread of the pest. This Central Pennsylvania Forestry blog post excerpts some of the most relevant information for forest landowners, foresters, and loggers. You can also find upcoming workshops and other news articles by searching the Penn State Extension website (extension.psu.edu) for spotted lanternfly.

March 14, 2018

Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.

February 23, 2018

Timber harvest represents the best time to make a positive change on your woodland; but it’s also the time when the most damage can be done.

February 14, 2018

Do you have woods in your backyard? Penn State research estimates that nearly half a million Pennsylvanians own a small patch of woodlands -- something less than ten acres in size. In fact, the average small ownership is about two acres. In sum, these small patches add up to about a million or so acres, or about 10 percent, of our state’s privately held woodlands.

The Women and Their Woods educational retreat offers opportunities for hands-on learning, networking, and skill sharing in a friendly, peer-learning environment. Applications are now being accepted.
February 14, 2018

Women across the mid-Atlantic region who own, care for, or are interested in learning more about forestland are invited to apply now to attend the Women and Their Woods (WaTW) Educational Retreat from September 6-9th, 2018 at the Highlights Workshop Facility in Boyd’s Mill, Milanville, Pennsylvania.

February 14, 2018

From the kitchen table to the boardroom table, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) brings people together across the nation for: healthier food, natural resources and people; a stronger agricultural industry; and economic growth, jobs and innovation. Each Friday, meet those farmers, producers and landowners through our #Fridaysonthefarm stories. Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where NRCS and partners help people help the land. For this Friday issue, we headed to Bedford County, Pennsylvania, where avid birders Mike and Laura Jackson are managing their forests to provide high-quality habitat for wildlife.

February 14, 2018

Registration is now open for the Spring session of "The Woods in Your Backyard" online course. Our self-paced, non-credit course runs 10 weeks from March 7th to May 20th, 2018. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners of small parcels of land (1-10 acres) that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. It uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include how to map habitat areas, understand basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife, choose and implement a few habitat management projects, and how to set a timetable and record your progress. Online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course. A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed. The course costs $85.00 per person, which includes the 108-page “Woods In Your Backyard” guide, workbook, and a tree identification guide. The course is limited to 25 participants, so sign up now!

February 14, 2018

Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.

January 30, 2018

While there are many native insects that escape our attention until a population outbreak occurs, there are other species of insects that have gotten attention because of the havoc they are wreaking in the forests of Pennsylvania and other eastern states.

January 11, 2018

This 72-page, full-color guide provides in-depth practical information to help landowners and natural resource professionals identify and treat invasive plants often found in fields, forests, and woodlots.

January 11, 2018

Why is oak so important and what is compromising its future?