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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.

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.

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.

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.

January 7, 2014

Just what is Kentucky Coffeetree?

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.

Bat boxes and the installation crew.  Photo by Adam Katrancha
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.

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.

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.

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.

January 7, 2014

Suggestions from a Pennsylvania Tree Farmer on how to get kids, grandkids, and other young people enthusiastic about the woods.

January 7, 2014

A quarterly update from the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee.

January 7, 2014

A quarterly update from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association.

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.

December 9, 2013

What can you do to increase the health of the trees and woodlands that give so much to you? You might consider the 3-Rs that underpin helping to improve the vigor and health of wooded landscapes: Resistance, Resilience, and Response.

November 26, 2013

Forest stewardship is wisely caring for and using forest resources to ensure their health and productivity for years to come. Stewardship challenges us to look beyond our immediate personal needs so we can leave a lasting forest legacy for future generations. From a forest landowner study undertaken by researchers in Penn State’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in 2010, we learned about Pennsylvania woodland owner’s future plans.

October 23, 2013

As reported in the recent USDA Forest Service forest inventory publication, trees and forests still dominate Pennsylvania’s landscape, but there are changes: total forestland is holding stable, but land being converted is going more and more to unrecoverable uses; invasive pests, diseases, and plants are significant threats; and adequate forest regeneration to establish the next generation of trees is absent on many sites.

September 20, 2013

Are you a keen observer and inquisitive about things outdoors? Maybe you should become a citizen science supporter. More and more scientists are benefiting from data provided by people who take the time to share their observations through various websites.

August 22, 2013

Penn's Woods are under threat from myriad invasive pests and diseases. Learn about two more - the Asian longhorned beetle and the Thousand Cankers Disease complex - and how you can help keep watch.

July 30, 2013

Multiflora rose is an invasive species, but it is now under attack from a virus.