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February 11, 2016

If one of the biggest hurdles for legacy planning for those who wish to keep the land in their family is family communications, how do you take an understanding your hopes and intentions for your woodland and turn them into a statement of commitment and action?

January 21, 2016

This relatively quiet time of the year is also perfect to plan for woodland activities that can be done in spring, summer, and fall.

January 14, 2016

Of all the trees, the one few landscapers ever use is ash-leaved maple. With close observation, these trees often have poor shape and often have multiple-trunks resulting from breakage.

January 14, 2016

The Center for Private Forests at Penn State recently applied for and was awarded a highly competitive national Conservation Innovation Grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to address one of Pennsylvania’s top forest health concerns—the lack of adequate forest regeneration as forests mature.

January 14, 2016

The 2015 Pennsylvania Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year are Harold and Gay Thistle from Waynesburg, Greene County, in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

January 14, 2016

The majestic forests that Pennsylvanians are familiar with today won’t be the forests that future generations know because of global climate change, says John Quigley, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.

January 14, 2016

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 14, 2016

If you enjoy wildlife, fishing, nature walks, paddle sports and other streamside activities, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences now is giving you a chance to parlay those interests into becoming a citizen-scientist by observing and recording environmental and ecosystem changes. The only tool needed is a pencil or smartphone.

January 14, 2016

“If getting our kids out into nature is a search for perfection, or is one more chore, then the belief in perfection and the chore defeats the joy. It's a good thing to learn more about nature in order to share this knowledge with children; it's even better if the adult and child learn about nature together. And it's a lot more fun.”― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

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.

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

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.

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.