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PA Forest Stewards Volunteers receive the award at the PFA Dinner. Photo by Jim Finley
October 13, 2016

This year, as the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards Volunteer Program celebrates its 25th year of delivering the forest stewardship message to an enormous audience of other forest landowners, we are pleased to share that they have been awarded the 2016 Joseph Trimble Rothrock Award for Forest Conservation.

Jim Kessler, PA Tree Farm Committee Chair Susan Benedict, Jan Kessler, and PFA President Gene Odato. Photo by Jim Finley
October 13, 2016

Updates from the PA Tree Farm Committee - October 2016

October 13, 2016

Updates from the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee

October 13, 2016

As if American beech weren’t afflicted enough, a new disease - simply called Beech Leaf Disease - may soon affect trees in Pennsylvania’s forests!

October 13, 2016

The invasive shrub, Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) was first introduced from Japan around 1875. This species has been a favorite ornamental shrub in yards, as hedges, and along highways because of its scarlet fruit and orange-red autumn foliage.

October 13, 2016

The Center for Private Forests has existed since 2011. These are the people who undertake the research and do the work of the Center. We thought you might like to get to know them a little better.

October 13, 2016

As you make plans for your end-of-year charitable giving, please consider making a donation to the Center for Private Forests at Penn State in support of its work and to help us build capacity and products.

October 13, 2016

Items that support the Center for Private Forests at Penn State might just be the perfect gift for the woods-lover in your household...

October 13, 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.

September 27, 2016

In Pennsylvania, we have had an extraordinarily hot and dry summer. Imagine what it is like to have your roots anchoring you in one place and depending on rain from the sky to ensure there is adequate moisture in the soil to keep you working. What happens when there is not enough?

September 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.

September 14, 2016

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that the plan that will chart the course of Pennsylvania's future state forests has been finalized and is now available on the DCNR website.

August 29, 2016

Ferns, low growing shrubs and trees, and canopy trees all change the quantity of light, but they also change the quality of light.

Left to Right: Kathleen England, Stephanie Miller, Eve Olofson, Hilary Fernandes, Riley Roslund, Ella Miller, Deborah Beisel (Coach), and Kari Roslund
August 22, 2016

Pennsylvania was one of 17 state teams that competed in the 37th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational from Sunday, July 31, through Thursday, August 4.

August 22, 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.

Identification and eradication of poison hemlock wherever livestock and people could come in contact is important. Photo by George Hurd.
August 22, 2016

Poison Hemlock is aggressively spreading in many regions of Pennsylvania.

July 22, 2016

Looking around the places where we live and work, it does not take long to find at least one sign of trees that are stressed by a shortage of rainfall across Pennsylvania.

July 14, 2016

Editor’s Note: Bill Paxton passed away on April 22, 2016. In his many years crafting the dendrology column, he covered myriad species naturally occurring in the state. He was always working ahead on his writing and drawings so this piece represents the second to last we have in hand to share with you. We will miss Bill’s passion and curiosity for plants and his willingness to share his enthusiasm with others in an engaging and welcoming manner. Please keep his family in your thoughts and send a quiet thank you to Bill for all that he shared over the years.