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2014

Forests Blanketed in Snow – A Good Sign for Groundwater Aquifers
December 17, 2014
Consider how winter snow fits into our annual water cycle. Snow is really important to groundwater recharge. Don't grumble about the white stuff falling any more!
Forest Landowners Tree Planting Guide Released
December 15, 2014
How many have ever dreamed of establishing a forest where once there was pasture or a woodland where crops once grew? Imagine a healthy, diverse forest, a forest resistant to insects and diseases, a wooded area that will contribute to your property for generations to come.
Junior Forest Steward Program to See Big Changes in 2015
December 15, 2014
The Junior Forest Stewards Program is morphing into the Future Forest Steward Program, to launch mid-2015.
Foresters scrambling to save state's hemlock trees from insect invaders
December 15, 2014
State and federal foresters are looking for an eastern hemlock version of Superman.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – December 2014
December 15, 2014
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.
Taking to the Woods: A Holiday Tradition
November 19, 2014
In the next month or so, many families will come together; it is a tradition. As your family gathers, let the winter woods pull you outside; they are amazing and magical places that many folks do not know that well.
Changing climate changing forests: How best to help Pennsylvania’s forests
November 14, 2014
In Pennsylvania, as along the entire eastern seaboard, forests have been expanding. But eastern forests are also in trouble, showing signs of stress. Scientists are at odds over how to help them. Nancy Baker, a Pennsylvania forest landowner and PA Forest Steward volunteer, worries over how her woods are going to be affected by climate change. She’s decided to be proactive about it. StateImpact PA’s Susan Phillips shares this story.
The Wonder of a Tree: All About Wood
November 14, 2014
Trees have wood. They’re tall, long-lived, woody plants. So what makes wood special and how do trees make it? That’s the wonder of it all.
2014 Timber Tax Tips for Forest Landowners
November 14, 2014
Tax laws on timber transactions are very specialized knowledge that are not commonly known. Yet they are important to timber owners in terms of the ongoing cost of owning and managing timber, forest stewardship and compliance to the tax law. This bulletin reviews the major federal income tax laws to help forest owners in filing their 2014 income tax returns. The information presented here is current as of September 30, 2014.
Thousand Cankers Disease detected in Lancaster County trees; Agriculture Department enacts additional quarantine
November 14, 2014
Following the detection of Thousand Cankers Disease in Lancaster County, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today enacted a quarantine, effective immediately, restricting the movement of wood and wood products.
Spotted Lanternfly Pest Alert
November 14, 2014
On Sept. 22, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, confirmed the presence the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, (WHITE)) in Berks County, as part of its responsibility to identify plants/weeds, insects and mites, nematodes, fungi, bacteria and viruses that impact Pennsylvania’s natural resources, flora and economy. On Nov. 1, 2014, the Commonwealth announced a quarantine with the intent to restrict the movement of this pest. This is the first detection of Spotted Lanternfly in the United States.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners - November 2014
November 14, 2014
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.
Sumac (Rhus spp.)
October 15, 2014
Learn more about the members of the Sumac genus.
Sustaining Pennsylvania’s Signature Landscape: The Center for Private Forests at Penn State
October 15, 2014
The Center for Private Forests at Penn State was created in 2011 to help forest landowners understand and sustain the natural resources in their care.
Do You Have a Wildlife Habitat Management Plan?
October 15, 2014
Through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s “Private Land Owner Assistance Program,” Regional Wildlife Diversity (RWD) Biologists provide free assistance to help landowners better manage their property for wildlife diversity.
Pennsylvania Forestry Association News
October 15, 2014
An update from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association.
Pennsylvania Tree Farming Notes - Fall 2014
October 15, 2014
An update from the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners - October 2014
October 15, 2014
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.
Planting Acorns to Grow Oak Trees
October 10, 2014
If you want to grow oak seedlings, now is the time to collect seed before the birds, squirrels, insects, and deer get them all.
Summer Rains Bring Fall Flowers
September 26, 2014
Fall is a great time to be afield, there is so much to study and observe. Take a walk, take a flower book along, and learn some new species.
Preserve Pennsylvania's trees to slow climate change
September 15, 2014
Family-owned forests absorb a lot of carbon; they must be protected and well-managed. This letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was written by Susan Benedict, a Pennsylvania Forest Landowner.
PA Dept. of Agriculture urges public to help keep foreign beetle from entering state
September 15, 2014
Agriculture Secretary George Greig is encouraging Pennsylvanians to protect the commonwealth tree population by spotting, collecting and submitting suspected Asian longhorned beetles to experts.
Pennsylvania's Working Forests: Showing Response-Ability
September 15, 2014
"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." - Nelson Henderson
The Wonder of a Tree: What Makes a Tree?
September 15, 2014
We need to celebrate trees and conserve the working forest. They are essential to us and our overall well-being. To celebrate them more fully, we wanted to help expand your knowledge of just what trees do, how they do it, and how they grow and thrive as they help us out.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners - September 2014
September 15, 2014
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.
Sudden Oak Death pathogen potentially in shipment of ornamentals
September 15, 2014
Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen involved with Ramorum Blight/Sudden Oak Death was detected at a nursery in Oregon that ships plants to Pennsylvania.
El Nino: What's happening and what might it mean for Pennsylvania forests?
August 18, 2014
What is the El Nino phenomenon and what impacts might it have on our northeastern weather and forests?
Brushpiles: Tree of Heaven - Not a Good Neighbor
August 15, 2014
Brushpiles is the opinion page of Forest Leaves. It’s a place for you to write in and share your reactions and thoughts about recent articles in the newsletter. This Tree of Heaven piece was written by Laura Jackson in response to Bill Paxton's recent Tree of Heaven article.
DCNR to resume spraying woodlands to combat gypsy moth damage
August 15, 2014
The cool, wet weather of spring 2013 has emerged as a strong ally of state woodland managers as they prepare to combat remnants of a statewide gypsy moth population that had been posed for a heavy outbreak across much of the state, DCNR officials said last week.
2015 Private Forest Landowner Conference Announces Keynote Speakers
August 15, 2014
The Center for Private Forests at Penn State and its partners are excited to announce the keynote speakers for the 2015 Private Forest Landowner Conference, March 20-21 at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners
August 15, 2014
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.
Feral Swine in Pennsylvania
July 7, 2014
Feral swine are starting to make their presence known in the forests of Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Tree Farming Notes
July 7, 2014
An update from the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee
Pennsylvania Forestry Association News
July 7, 2014
An summer update from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association
For Your Library
July 7, 2014
A review of "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis."
Outdoor Safety
July 7, 2014
Forest landowners tend to be an active group. How safe are we in the woods, at home, and with our health in general?
Why Do They Call It a Gum Tree?
July 7, 2014
Learn about black gum and other tupelo trees.
Brushpiles: Tree of Heaven
July 7, 2014
Brushpiles is the opinion page of Forest Leaves. It’s a place for you to write in and share your reactions and thoughts about recent articles in the newsletter. This Tree of Heaven piece was written by Bill Paxton in response to his concerns about efforts to eradicate Tree of Heaven.
Forest Adaptation Resources for Addressing Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers
June 17, 2014
Careful stewardship of woodlands and forests is an involved task, especially if you strive to build resistance and resilience into your management goals and to be prepared to respond to change. The ten strategies offered in "Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers" are logical and provide a solid foundation for developing short- and long-term plans for caring for your woodlands and the values you attribute to the land.
Activities for Forest Resilience
June 17, 2014
In forestry education and outreach we need to make explicit that caring for your land to promote resilience requires active management, or manipulation, of the woods.
House Passes Lyme Disease Awareness, Prevention Legislation
June 17, 2014
The House Wednesday passed Senate Bill 177 creating the Lyme Disease Task Force in the Department of Health to educate the public about Lyme disease and conduct a tick surveillance program across the Commonwealth.
June 2014 Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners
June 17, 2014
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.
Pennsylvania’s Forests: A Wounded Community
May 29, 2014
In the last twenty or forty years, our forests have experienced a green invasion that does not represent health; the new green shouts to the ecologically educated that all is not well.
De Vines or yet one more threat to your woodlot
May 16, 2014
Releasing your healthy, mature trees from vines, especially those non-native species, is one, low cost endeavor that will increase the health of your forest and ensure that your forest has a chance of regenerating naturally in the future.
Air Drying Lumber
May 16, 2014
How do you “create” useable lumber from your logs and how does moisture affects wood. Advice on drying lumber for your next “home grown” project.
Small Woodlots: Putting the Pieces Together
May 16, 2014
It is vitally important that small woodlot owners recognize the potential of their woods.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners
May 16, 2014
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.
The Private Landowners of Penn’s Woods
April 24, 2014
Living in Pennsylvania where you can see trees from nearly every point in the landscape, it is easy to become complacent about what trees mean to you.
American Arborvitae
April 17, 2014
Learn more about the features of American arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis).
Trail Cameras - an Addictive Hobby
April 17, 2014
Trail cameras are a way to see elusive wildlife and keep an eye on woodlands when you can't be around.
Pennsylvania Tree Farming Notes
April 17, 2014
An update from the Pennsylvania Tree Farming Committee
Pennsylvania Forestry Association News
April 17, 2014
An update from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association
Get Involved with 4-H in Your State and Help Get Youth Outdoors!
April 17, 2014
Did you know that your state Cooperative Extension service has 4-H curriculum to help teach youth about the outdoors, wildlife, and even forestry?
Engaging Natural Resources Professionals
April 17, 2014
Forest landowners need to know there are lots of resources out there for help – from people who can give advice, write up plans, to doing the work for you.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners
April 17, 2014
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.
Vernal Pools: Critical Woodland Habitats
March 24, 2014
For many, spring is found in wetlands and vernal pools.
Getting to Point Sampling
March 19, 2014
Sampling is a tool natural resources professionals use to get a sense of the volume (size class and diameter), species, and regeneration (existing and potential) across a landowner’s property.
Why I Plant Norway spruce
March 19, 2014
Are you thinking about planting a field to trees? Many folks want to plant hardwoods such as oak, walnut, and black cherry. They believe these will grow into valuable hardwoods; they are partly correct. The problem is getting them to grow.
Family Walks: Instilling Forestland Values for Future Generations
March 19, 2014
When our children were growing up, we found ways to engage them on the land...
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners
March 19, 2014
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.
A Winter to Remember
February 18, 2014
This winter’s weather has been colder and snowier than our more recent normal. How can the earth be warming and we have such a winter?
Implementing a Small Landowner’s “Forest Stewardship Plan”
February 11, 2014
What do you do with smaller sized woodland parcels? Can you care for them the same way that you can larger parcels? Follow these landowners' example and learn how to inventory and come up with a plan for a smaller woodlot.
Where Have All the Beech Come From?
February 11, 2014
How did American beech become the predominant component in many forested stands and what should a landowner do about it? Learn more about beech in Pennsylvania's forests.
What Makes Invasive Plants Successful?
February 11, 2014
Invasive species are fairly ubiquitous in our forested landscape. Why do these plants succeed? Why can’t our native species successfully compete with invasives?
Ice Safety
February 11, 2014
During the winter, especially during the cold snaps in recent months, many enjoy recreating on frozen ponds and lakes. The goal is to be as safe as possible during winter recreation activities.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners
February 11, 2014
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.
Forest Stewardship Marketing
January 29, 2014
No matter how we slice and dice the owners of Pennsylvania’s private forests, they are, for sure, all different. Every day, woodland owners make decisions about how they will manage or use their land. Using data from three Pennsylvania woodland owner studies we learned about five woodland owner segments.
Forest Legacy Article Series Survey
January 7, 2014
In the previous four issues of Forest Leaves, we’ve run a series of articles about legacy planning and the tools and resources available to help forest landowners begin to make concrete their hopes for the future of their forestland. We’d like to know what, if anything, you’ve done in response to this series of articles. If you would take 5 minutes of your time to visit the following link and answer the short questions, we would be most appreciative.
A Coffee that Very Few Drink
January 7, 2014
Just what is Kentucky Coffeetree?
White-tailed Deer Population Dilemma
January 7, 2014
Deer management in Pennsylvania is a controversial topic. It has been difficult to make all happy, from the hunter to the forester to the vehicle driver to those simply wanting to avoid ticks while out recreating. The author has always been a big proponent of managing habitat when it comes to deer. As they say, if you build it they will come.
Tragedy to Triumph – A Forest Stewardship Plan
January 7, 2014
As stewards of a small piece of Penn’s woods in southeastern Cambria County, the members of the Beaverdale Sportsmen’s Association have recognized recent changes in their forest and decided it was time to do their part to ensure the diversity and sustainability of their woods.
Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2013 Tax Year
January 7, 2014
This link goes to the annual bulletin providing federal income tax reporting tips to assist forest landowners and their advisors in filing their 2013 income tax returns. The information presented here is current as of Sept. 15, 2013.
Forest Leaves Log: Planning and Planting for Climate Change
January 7, 2014
In the Fall 2013 issue of Forest Leaves, we asked you to write in and share what you’re seeing as we experience change across our forested landscapes. The first contribution comes from Nancy G.W. Baker, a forest landowner in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. We invite you to share your observations.
Brushpiles: Stiltgrass, Knotweed, and Riparian Buffers
January 7, 2014
Brushpiles is the opinion page of Forest Leaves. It’s a place for you to write in and share your reactions and thoughts about recent articles in the newsletter. This piece was written by Bill Paxton in response to articles in the Summer 2013 issue of Forest Leaves.
Kids in the Woods
January 7, 2014
Suggestions from a Pennsylvania Tree Farmer on how to get kids, grandkids, and other young people enthusiastic about the woods.
Pennsylvania Tree Farming Notes
January 7, 2014
A quarterly update from the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee.
Pennsylvania Forestry Association News
January 7, 2014
A quarterly update from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association.
Wood Heat for Your Home: Does It Pay Off? New Renewable and Alternative Energy Fact Sheet
January 6, 2014
With economic uncertainty and high fuel prices, many Pennsylvanians are considering switching to wood heat—either cordwood for a high-efficiency wood stove, or wood pellets for a pellet stove. The main reason people do this is to save money. But, how much can you expect to save? This fact sheet takes a look at what kind of savings you can expect if you switch. Prepared by Dr. Daniel Ciolkosz, Penn State Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.