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2017

Inaugural Walk in Penn’s Woods a Success!
October 17, 2017
Pennsylvanians across the state took to the woods on October 1, 2017
Woody Invasive Plant Control in the Fall
October 17, 2017
Autumn is a great time to identify and manage invasive plants in your woodland.
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Updates
October 17, 2017
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Inc. recently released the 2017 Progress Report titled "Forests. A Way of Life." I would encourage you to take some time and look through it, if you have the chance
Pennsylvania Forestry Association: Looking Back and Moving Forward
October 17, 2017
This is my final message to you as PFA President. It’s been a very fast paced two-year President’s term with lots of positive forward movement for our association.
The Pennsylvania Tree Farm System Moves Forward to Full Certification in October 2017
October 17, 2017
Why should you join the PA Tree Farm program as a Certified Tree Farmer?
Becoming a PA Forest Steward Volunteer
October 17, 2017
On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in September, the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards (PAFS) Class of 2017 took to the woods to learn — by doing — about sustainable timber harvesting.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – October 2017
October 17, 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.
Forest Stressors and Resilience: Can Woodland Owners and Other Stewards Make a Difference?
September 28, 2017
If we try to ensure that our woods, or the landscape in which our woods occurs, have many different species of trees that are native to where we live, and if we have healthy, young and older trees of those species, the broader forest ecosystem retains its ability to function well and to potentially recover faster from whatever pest, disease, weather extreme, or other stressor may come along next.
Profiles in Conservation - Susan Benedict
September 14, 2017
Keys to keeping land in the family — reaching consensus, diversifying revenue
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – September 2017
September 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.
Regenerating the Forest: Seeds and the Mysterious Seed Bank
August 30, 2017
From where does the next forest come? While seeds play a role in starting the next forest, either re-occupying a site, or spreading beyond their current boundaries, trees have multiple strategies to ensure their continuity through offspring.
Habitat Hero: John Hoover
August 18, 2017
This Habitat Hero story is by the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, one of NRCS’ conservation partners working to help private landowners adopt conservation measures that benefit forestry and agricultural operations while helping birds and other wildlife species.
Feeling Overwhelmed?—A few tips for getting started with invasive plant management
July 25, 2017
As long as light and other resources are available to invasive plants, they will continue to out-compete native plants and spread. What can landowners do to control these invaders?
Invasive Species Highlight: Bush Honeysuckles… Not for the Birds!
July 14, 2017
During the summer months, we see a number of shrubs with beautiful fragrant flowers, that attract bees and other pollinators, and whose berries often attract a diversity of birds and other wildlife. Unfortunately, some of those shrubs are non-native and invasive, and although they may seem attractive, they can actually be quite detrimental.
Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee Notes
July 14, 2017
PA Tree Farm summer updates and upcoming events
Pennsylvania Forestry Association News
July 14, 2017
PFA summer updates and increasing the use of social media
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Updates: Project Learning Tree
July 14, 2017
Project Learning Tree to transfer from the American Forest Foundation to Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
Walks in Penn's Woods
July 14, 2017
A statewide effort to build appreciation for forests, the people who own them, and the importance of tending them, the Walk in Penn’s Woods is a day with organized woods walks in each Pennsylvania county. Anticipated to become an annual event on the first Sunday in October, this inaugural Walk in Penn’s Woods day happens October 1, 2017.
Woodland Owners’ Invasive Plant Identification and Control Resource
July 14, 2017
Invasive plants are the scourge of many woodland owners. Trying to identify the pesky plants, knowing your control options, and keeping up on the latest invaders can be daunting.
Owning or Holding Woodlands
June 26, 2017
Land is one of those things we “own” that will extend beyond us. We can use it carefully and, in the process, pass forward nearly all of its value. Alternatively, we can abuse land and the resources it provides and leave those who come after us with something of little value.
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Control
June 12, 2017
The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) has caused significant damage to eastern hemlock, Tsuga Canadensis, in ornamental plantings and forests across much of Pennsylvania. However, many trees are still surviving and in need of treatment.
Higher tick populations or not, take precautions against Lyme disease
June 12, 2017
Recent media reports have suggested that tick populations in Pennsylvania may be particularly high this year, leading to an increased risk of Lyme disease in the state.
Dangerous Tick-Borne Disease Spreads To PA, CDC Warns
June 12, 2017
A rare, potentially deadly tick-borne disease has been identified in Pennsylvania. Here's what to look for.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – June 2017
June 12, 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.
Assessing Resilience in Your Forest
May 31, 2017
Change comes to all forests. No matter the change, some forests will survive the change with functions more or less intact; others are going to be severely impacted and lose their ability to function as they have. How do you determine your woods’ ability to survive change? How do you assess its resilience?
Emerald Ash Borer: Still Spreading but Progress in Treatments
May 18, 2017
Updates from the Society of American Foresters’ publication Forestry Source on the battle against emerald ash borer. Please note these edits from the author: "I introduced an error when I wrote that EAB has not been detected in New Hampshire; however, the insect has not been found to date in Vermont, according to www.emeraldashborer.info. I checked with Mr. Sadof about the effects of EAB on white ash, and he said that “The vast majority are killed. Only a few survive.”"—Steve Wilent
Establishing Streamside Forests: Bare Root, Container Grown, Live Stakes, and Direct Seeding: Upcoming Workshop
May 18, 2017
Healthy streams and watersheds rely on functional riparian forest corridors. To learn more, come join the Rothrock Chapter of the Society of American Foresters as they host a summer field tour focused on riparian buffer establishment.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – May 2017
May 18, 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.
Help Make the Walk in Penns Woods Happen!
May 18, 2017
Word is starting to get around about the October 1 "Walk in Penn's Woods." We're getting lots of tours signed up and getting on calendars. Now we need your help to make it happen! Consider donating to help us advertise and market these events to interested members of the public!
Getting to Know Our Woods through the Seasons - Springtime Insights
April 26, 2017
In each season, we can gain new insights on how the woods function and what kinds of stewardship activities may be needed.
Join Us in Supporting “Walk in Penn’s Woods!”
April 17, 2017
The new informal partnership for Penn’s Woods, Working for You, announces a statewide Walk in Penn’s Woods on Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Announcing New Backpack Sprayer Calibration Forest Science Fact Sheet
April 17, 2017
Penn State Forestry Extension has just released the fourth in a series of Forest Science Fact Sheets.
Goldenseal in Your Back Woods?
April 17, 2017
Help researchers understand the extent of goldenseal occurring in Penn's Woods.
Announcing PA Timber 2017: Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition
April 17, 2017
On June 9 and 10, see working harvesting equipment in the woods and in the field. More than 100 high-quality indoor and outdoor exhibitors will be at the Ag Progress Days site in Rock Springs, PA – focusing on forest products harvesting, land clearing, and biomass marketing.
Pennsylvania Forestry Association News
April 17, 2017
The New Face of Pennsylvania Tree Farm
April 17, 2017
Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee Notes: Tree Farm Informational Meetings
Logger Training….It’s Not Just for Loggers
April 17, 2017
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Update
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – April 2017
April 17, 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.
The Coming of Spring and Trees
March 28, 2017
We can all appreciate how weather affects our crops and landscape plantings; however, what is happening in forests and woodlands?
Invasive Species Highlight - Oriental Bittersweet
March 17, 2017
We often hear Kudzu vine referred to as the vine that ate the south. Well, we may have the vine that eats Pennsylvania, Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatusis). It is becoming more and more of a problem, a problem that is not easily solved.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – March 2017
March 17, 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.
Winter Precipitation and Forests: Was It Enough?
February 21, 2017
It’s easy to wish for an early end to winter or more bright and sunny days, but don’t malign the importance of those grey wet days, the importance of a decent snowpack, the importance of groundwater, and the impacts we have on water.
Upcoming Woods in Your Backyard Workshops
February 14, 2017
Join Penn State Extension and its partners for these great full day workshops offered at three locations around the state. Join us to learn how landowners of even just a few acres, can make a positive difference in the environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices.
Announcing New Backpack Sprayer Calibration Forest Science Fact Sheet
February 14, 2017
Penn State Forestry Extension has just released the fourth in a series of Forest Science Fact Sheets. The latest in the series, entitled "Backpack Sprayer Calibration Made Easy," provides in-depth practical information on calibrating backpack sprayers for both band applications and spot treatments.
Timber Tax Filing for the 2016 Tax Year Webinar
February 14, 2017
Join this webinar to get the latest tax information, filing season updates, and practical tax tips on: How to report timber sale; What timber-related expenses and losses can be deducted; Who are responsible for filing 1099 on timber sales; and What are the IRS rules on record keeping and substantiating expenses. The presenter will answer your specific questions through the online interactive session.
Game Commission Began Accepting Tree Seedling Orders Jan. 17
February 14, 2017
While it might be winter, landowners can begin making plans to help wildlife this spring – and beyond – by planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery.
Waiting For Spring
January 19, 2017
A Closer Look at Forest Ecology in Winter
Maintain Your Forest Roads to Prevent Soil Erosion and Protect Water Quality
January 13, 2017
As a woodland owner, you are responsible for ensuring that your roads are properly constructed and maintained. Woodland owners who inspect and correct minor road maintenance problems early can save money, protect water quality, and ensure the continued use of their valuable forest road system.
Conservation Stewardship Program for Forest Landowners
January 13, 2017
Do you own or manage private forest land and have land management goals you would like to take to the next level? The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) may help you achieve your goals.
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Updates
January 13, 2017
Winter 2017 Updates from the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee
Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee Notes
January 13, 2017
Winter 2017 Update from the PA Tree Farm Committee
Pennsylvania Forestry Association News
January 13, 2017
Winter 2017 updates from PFA
For Your Library
January 13, 2017
Review of: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery, Chicago Review Press Inc., 2014, ISBN 978-1-61374-718-6
Family Forest Education Award
January 13, 2017
The Center for Private Forests at Penn State received the 2016 Family Forest Education Comprehensive Program Award from the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs and the National Woodland Owners Association.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – January 2017
January 13, 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.