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2015

Your Woodlands: Looking forward to 2016!
December 18, 2015
As 2015 comes to a close, it is time to review your Forest Stewardship Plan and this year’s activities, noting the success or failure of your plan’s recommendations.
The Winter Season is Also the Season of Woodland Owners Conferences
December 18, 2015
January 30, Northwestern PA Forest Landowners Conference, Edinboro, PA; February 20, Clarion Forest Landowners Conference, Clarion, PA; March 5, Dauphin Woodland Owners Conference, Dauphin, PA; March 12, 19th Annual Forestry and Wildlife Conference, Bedford, PA
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – December 2015
December 18, 2015
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.
Duane Diefenbach Receives 2015 Natural Resource Education Champion Award
December 18, 2015
PA Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals awarded the inaugural Natural Resource Education Champion Award to Duane Diefenbach.
Targeting Avian Influenza
December 18, 2015
Researchers and extension educators in the college take aim at the latest outbreak.
Be Prepared for the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly, Entomologists Warn
December 18, 2015
A planthopper in the family Fulgoridae, this undeniably colorful, inch-long insect can be enormously destructive to crops, timber, and ornamental plants. Among the 40 plant species counted as its hosts are grapes, peaches, apples, dogwood, maples, walnut, oak, and pines.
Woods in Your Backyard
December 16, 2015
Do you have woods in your backyard? Nearly half a million Pennsylvanians own a small patch of woodlands -- something less than ten acres in size. Many landowners may recognize that owning land connects them to a larger landscape, which is part of a community comprised of land, water, wildlife, plants, and people. This community depends on and is influenced by the actions of all who have stewardship over the land -- regardless the size of ownership.
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Presented 17th Annual Achievement Award by SFI Inc.
November 19, 2015
The Pennsylvania SIC was selected for this award primarily for their work at adapting their Professional Timber Harvester Training program into an entry-level program for aspiring logging or forest industry workers and incorporating it into the curriculum of high school programs in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania couple named National Outstanding Tree Farmers
November 19, 2015
Change is constant on the 110 acres of Becket Run Woodlands that roll across a section of Allegheny County, but there’s one new addition that’s likely to be standing for a long, long time. A new sign tells passersby a tale of success: first, “Pennsylvania Tree Farm of the Year 2014.” Then, "Northeast Region Tree Farmer of the Year 2015.” And now? “National Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year 2015.”
Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2015 Tax Year
November 19, 2015
Federal income tax laws can influence a private woodland owner’s financial decisions about land management. Yet, special favorable tax provisions on timber that are intended to encourage private forest management and stewardship are commonly unknown. To help woodland owners in filing their 2015 tax returns, this publication explains the federal income tax laws on timber. The information is not legal or accounting advice. It is current as of September 30, 2015.
Independent Review Hails Management of Pennsylvania’s State Forests
November 19, 2015
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn released results of an independent review team’s annual study of state forestlands, noting its findings continue to affirm Bureau of Forestry efforts to conserve these resources through sound management.
Spotted lanternfly now found in portions of four Pennsylvania counties
November 19, 2015
The spotted lanternfly has now been found in one additional municipality in Berks County, an additional township in Montgomery County, and has appeared in parts of Bucks and Chester counties.
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Takes Logger Training for Youth and Harvesting Professionals to New Heights
November 19, 2015
For the second year in a row, students in the Natural Resource Management Career and Technical Program at Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania received the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s Professional Timber Harvester Training credential. The training is provided through a partnership with the Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee that allows students in the program to complete it as part of their regular curriculum at no additional cost to them or the school.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – November 2015
November 19, 2015
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.
Giving Thanks for Woodland Owners
November 17, 2015
Pennsylvania woodland owners are daily making decisions about the care and well-being of their piece of Penn’s Woods, and we owe them all a debt of gratitude.
Giving to the Center for Private Forests at Penn State
October 14, 2015
The Center for Private Forests is working to raise funds to support its mission and vision of raising awareness about the importance of working forests to our societal well-being, helping landowners make well-informed decisions about caring well for their woods, conducting research on the issues facing woodland owners, and educating the next generation of professionals and the public whose role it will be to care for those woods into the future.
The Hawthorns (Crataegus spp.)
October 14, 2015
This group of small, thorny, native and introduced trees is today as much of a mystery as they were when first catalogued, named, sorted, separated, selected, and re-named over the years.
DCNR Sets 12 Public Meetings To Review Draft State Forest Management Plan
October 14, 2015
A series of 12 statewide meetings have been scheduled by DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry to seek continued public input on changes to its Draft 2015 State Forest Resource Management Plan charting the course of Pennsylvania’s state forests for future generations.
Young Forest Habitat for Hunter Access Cooperators
October 14, 2015
The recent award of federal Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Improvement Program (VPA-HIP) funds to the Pennsylvania Game Commission to improve wildlife habitat on private lands is making it possible to offer, for a limited time, no-cost habitat projects to private landowners enrolled in our Hunter Access Program.
Early Successional Habitat for Deer and Other Wildlife Species
October 14, 2015
Early successional habitat, also called young forests, is declining. During the last half century the number of acres in the east and upper mid-west has dwindled. Many acres have been lost to development. Also, as brushy areas mature to become middle-aged and older forests, they cease being useful to numerous species that need young woods.
Do You Need A Pesticide License?
October 14, 2015
If you are considering using a pesticide, it is important to make sure you are in compliance with Pennsylvania law.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – October 2015
October 14, 2015
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.
Growing the Next Generation of Forests in Pennsylvania
September 30, 2015
If you want to regenerate a forest with naturally occurring native tree species it takes planning and the recognition that you will likely have to undertake a harvest to allow the conditions for regeneration to occur. Research focused on forest regeneration provides some guidelines to help assess the potential for success in growing the next forest.
Pa. Climate Impacts Assessment Report Shows Threats to Human Health, Water and Air Quality
September 18, 2015
Pennsylvanians should prepare for dangerously high summer temperatures and more severe storms, increased threat of certain diseases carried by insects, and drastic changes to agriculture and water quality, according to a new report on the impact of climate change.
“Cribs” Create Young Tree Habitat for Wildlife
September 18, 2015
Don’t have the money for 8’ high fencing to protect the shrubs you planted for wildlife on your property? Don’t have the knowledge of how to even go about constructing an 8’ high fence? Wondering what to do with the fence when you no longer need it? About ready to give up on planting shrubs for wildlife?
Enhancing Wildlife Habitat on Oil and Gas Infrastructure: A New Publication from West Virginia
September 18, 2015
“Enhancing Wildlife Habitat on Oil and Gas Infrastructure” is a guide offering alternative practices which can enhance early successional habitat.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – September 2015
September 18, 2015
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 Farmer and His Prize Bull: A High-Grading Analogy
August 28, 2015
Many landowners allow the woods, which they love so much, to be “select cut,” as some call it. In reality, they are confusing what they think is a good practice with one that is actually negatively impacting the health of their woods.
Inventorying and Monitoring Wildlife in Your Woodlands
August 17, 2015
Inventorying and monitoring wildlife populations enable you to see what habitats are favorable to certain wildlife and how your habitat management efforts affect the species living on your land.
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Celebrates 20th Anniversary in 2015
August 17, 2015
This year marks the 20th Anniversary for the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee (SIC) and its work fostering an appreciation of forest conservation and sustainable management throughout Pennsylvania’s forest community.
Destructive moth damaging cherry trees in Allegheny National Forest
August 17, 2015
A tiny moth is munching on Pennsylvania’s most commercially valuable tree, the black cherry, turning large swaths of the Allegheny National Forest brown.
PA Agriculture Department expands Spotted Lanternfly surveillance to Lehigh, Montgomery counties
August 17, 2015
As Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture officials continue their work with federal and local partners to confirm and eradicate the invasive Spotted Lanternfly in Berks County, the state announced that it is expanding surveillance efforts to neighboring Lehigh and Montgomery counties. While there is no indication the pest has spread, officials believe this is a prudent, precautionary measure.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – August 2015
August 17, 2015
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 Closer Look at Pennsylvania’s Forests -- Leave Them Be, or Lend a Hand?
July 27, 2015
If we want to continue to enjoy Pennsylvania’s forests and wildlife, we’ll need to think about how we react to changes taking place—shifting trees species and age classes.
Tools and Resources for Woodland Owners: The Center for Private Forests at Penn State
July 8, 2015
Learn more about the Center for Private Forests at Penn State and its efforts to create tools and resources to engage woodland owners.
Carpinus and Ostrya
July 8, 2015
Let's get to know Carpinus caroliniana and Ostrya virginiana.
Pennsylvania Tree Farmers Win Outstanding Regional Tree Farmers of the Year
July 8, 2015
It has just been announced that Raul Chiesa and Janet Sredy of Beckets Run Woodlands, the 2014 Pennsylvania Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, are being recognized as the 2015 Northeastern Region Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, by the American TreeFarm System, a branch of the American Forest Foundation. Now they need your vote!
Center for Private Forests Commemorative Knives
July 8, 2015
If you weren’t at the 2015 Landowners Conference, you didn’t get a chance to admire (and purchase) a commemorative Center for Private Forests Case Knife.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – July 2015
July 8, 2015
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.
Leaves as Large as Elephant Ears
June 25, 2015
Sun leaves versus shade leaves: location and leaf physiology.
Do You Have a Fire Safety Plan for Your Woodlands?
June 9, 2015
One of a forest landowner’s greatest dangers is a wildfire. Is your forested property in a condition that could survive a wildfire? Could firefighters easily get to a wildfire on your property? Do you have a plan that includes maps and details of exact locations for access and water supplies?
Roadside Springs
June 9, 2015
Roadside springs are pervasive across many parts of Pennsylvania. Residents seek out these springs when traveling or to avoid the use of aesthetically inferior private or public water sources that supply their home.
Good for Business, Good for the Environment
June 9, 2015
Stories of two Pennsylvania woodlots enrolled in the American Tree Farm System
More Findings on the Link Between Japanese Barberry and Lyme Disease
June 9, 2015
This highly invasive non-native shrub is not only impacting our regional ecosystems, it’s also indirectly affecting our public health.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – June 2015
June 9, 2015
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 Forested Watershed: the Giant Sponge and the Big Straw
May 19, 2015
Despite it feeling like a wet and gray winter, it hasn’t translated into a very wet spring. We are blessed to have the giant sponges that are forested watersheds to help us out. Penn’s Woods isn’t just about the trees.
Timberdoodling
May 13, 2015
One club's efforts to restore young forests to their woodlands and the benefits reaped by the Beaverdale Sportsmen's Association for themselves and the wildlife.
Conifer Alternatives to Eastern Hemlock
May 13, 2015
With the prevalence of hemlock wooly adelgid and the hemlock mortality it is causing across the state, the question often comes up concerning what, if anything, to plant in its place.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – May 2015
May 13, 2015
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.
Spring Green: Reading a Story of Forest Health
April 23, 2015
Unfortunately, not all shades of green in our forests tell a story of health and vibrant renewal. Some of the early greens tell of unwelcome and health-robbing exotic invasive plant species.
Wild Fruits of Pennsylvania
April 13, 2015
Learn more about four of the wild fruits naturally occurring in Pennsylvania - wild apple, persimmon, pawpaw, and plum.
Pennsylvania Forestry Association News
April 13, 2015
April 2015 Update from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – April 2015
April 13, 2015
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.
Thinking about Firewood
March 31, 2015
After a colder than normal winter in the Northeast, the last thing you want to think about is firewood. But now is the time to turn your thoughts to next winter and start caching your wood. Burning unseasoned, or worse green, wood is problematic because you lose heat, you create more smoke, and you increase unwanted fire risk as residues collect in venting systems.
2015 Forest Landowners Conference: A Welcome Spring
March 25, 2015
Four hundred fifty woodland owners, natural resources professionals, service providers, and interested members of the public came together for this full two-day event to ask questions, learn, network, and make new connections.
How’s Your Record Keeping?
March 16, 2015
Record keeping is an important part of managing any forest property, supporting better decisions and helping save time and money.
Food Plots in the Forest
March 16, 2015
Many forest landowners have thought about establishing food plots to benefit wildlife. As a person who enjoys his forest very much, I decided to embark on the journey of establishing food plots five years ago and want to share my experiences with other landowners.
Getting Deer through Winter
March 16, 2015
During winters like the one we just experienced, many of us feel the need to feed deer, but deer biologists discourage it for many reasons.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – March 2015
March 16, 2015
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.
100% Pure Pennsylvania Maple Syrup: A Great Tasting Treat!
February 18, 2015
Spring is coming. Longer days will soon mean warmer temperatures and for pancake lovers everywhere this means maple syrup!
Aspen Regeneration Cut
February 13, 2015
One landowner's experience with regeneration cuts to revitalize stands of mature aspen.
Norway Maple – Invasive Plant in Sheep’s Clothing
February 13, 2015
Many people like Norway maple, but it has some characteristics that make it problematic for forest landowners.
New Report Released on Impacts of White-Tailed Deer in Northeastern Forests
February 13, 2015
A new publication is available from the US Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, titled "White-tailed deer in northeastern forests: understanding and assessing impacts."
The Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement project
February 13, 2015
The Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement project will allow partners to work with private landowners to enhance 12,500 acres of forest habitat on private lands for Cerulean Warblers and other wildlife.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – February 2015
February 13, 2015
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.
Trees and Cold: Where Are Their Long Johns?
January 15, 2015
When temperatures drop, trees have to have a plan to handle freezing water. They just can’t add a coat or sweater.
2014 Tax Tips Bulletin Revised
January 13, 2015
Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, has revised Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2014 Tax Year. The revisions reflect changes in law as of December 2014. This publication reviews the major Federal income tax laws to help you file your 2014 income tax return. Although tax laws on timber transactions are not common knowledge, they are an important part of the ongoing cost of owning and managing timber, engaging in forest stewardship activities, and complying with tax law.
Wild Crabapples of Pennsylvania (Malus spp.)
January 13, 2015
Learn about the crabapples found in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Tree Farm Update
January 13, 2015
Updates on the new Tree Farm Standards, resources for Tree Farmers, and open positions on the State Tree Farm Committee.
State plans for hemlock protection
January 13, 2015
The hemlock woolly adelgid poses a grave threat to the eastern hemlock tree and state forestry officials are mounting an effort to combat it. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is honing a conservation plan to save the eastern hemlock, the official state tree since 1931. It will rely on cooperation from private landowners who own a considerable amount of forest acreage in Pennsylvania.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – January 2015
January 13, 2015
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.