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December 18, 2015

PA Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals awarded the inaugural Natural Resource Education Champion Award to Duane Diefenbach.

December 18, 2015

Researchers and extension educators in the college take aim at the latest outbreak.

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.

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.

Students participating in the Professional Timber Harvester Training
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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

October 14, 2015

If you are considering using a pesticide, it is important to make sure you are in compliance with Pennsylvania law.

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.

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.