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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?

Many resources are available and professionals are ready to inform and assist in filing 2017 tax returns.
January 11, 2018

Specific federal income tax laws and rules apply to timber-related income and expenses. The tax tips provided in this bulletin is intended to assist timber owners, foresters, loggers and their tax preparers in filing the 2017 tax returns. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Please consult your own tax, legal, and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction. The information is current as of September 30, 2017.

January 11, 2018

Learn about the outstanding Tree Farmers and Tree Farm Inspector

January 11, 2018

Latest updates from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association

The SFI grant program provides strategies and benefits to forest landowners across the United States.
January 11, 2018

SFI grants are designed to put the latest best practices and scientific research to work on behalf of well-managed forests, large and small.

January 11, 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.

December 15, 2017

Create a tree and plant life list for your woods - a way for landowners to understand what they have on their land, and perhaps to track change.

The left panel represents the forest during the growing season. Extended leaf phenology (ELP) becomes apparent at the extreme ends of the growing season (early spring and late fall) when most other species have lost their foliage, as depicted on the right
December 14, 2017

If you spend time outside in Pennsylvania, you’ve probably seen shrubs creeping into eastern deciduous forest stands. You may have also noticed that these invasive shrubs, such as honeysuckles, Japanese barberry, and burning bush tend to be green much longer than native shrubs in the understory.

December 14, 2017

Pennsylvania’s vast forestlands are imperiled as their aging private owners divide and sell.

December 14, 2017

While extended deer seasons and increased antlerless licenses are often to blame as the sole reason for hunters seeing fewer deer, in many cases, poor habitat is a limiting factor often overlooked.

December 14, 2017

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.

November 30, 2017

Some stewardship activities can be done easily during the winter, with the bare trees allowing a different perspective.

November 14, 2017

Hundreds of folks around the state are already recording their encounters with nature in this durable, beautifully designed and informative nature journal from the Center for Private Forests at Penn State. This holiday season, you, and the nature lovers on your list, can join them!