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2015

Forestry Terminology: Jargon or Jive?

The rich language of forestry – forestry terms and unique words.

Sanford Smith, an Extension Specialist in Forest Resources at Penn State, discusses forestry terms and unique words... the rich language of forestry. From words that have several meanings, to words that can help explain, describe, and baffle, forestry terminology is good to know and important to understand.

Speakers

Sanford Smith, Forest Resources Extension Specialist, Penn State

White-tailed Deer: Pennsylvania's Keystone Species

White-tailed deer biology, habitat requirements for food, cover, water and space, and management practices to improve food and cover availability and balance deer populations with available habitat.

White-tailed deer are a valuable, renewable, natural resource enjoyed by many. They have the widest distribution of any large animal found in North America. White-tailed deer are also known as a keystone species or keystone herbivore because of their ability to impact many other organisms. This presentation introduces you to white-tailed deer biology, habitat requirements for food, cover, water and space, and lastly management practices to improve food and cover availability and balance deer populations with available habitat. It is important to maintain "healthy" deer populations so they can be enjoyed by future generations.

Speakers

Dave Jackson, Natural Resources Extension Educator, Penn State Extension – Centre Count

Remediation and Stabilization Strategies for Disturbed Forest Sites

Understanding the physical dynamics of sites and restoring desired vegetation on disturbed forest sites by having a plan of action and knowing where to get help.

Understanding the physical dynamics of your site and other limiting factors weigh heavily on restoring desired vegetation on disturbed forest sites. Natural gas development, timber sales, and other activities are projected to impact thousands of acres of Pennsylvania woodlands. Whether you intend to establish trails, wildlife food plots, or early succession forest species, having a plan of action and a list of available natural resource professionals to guide your efforts will increase the odds of achieving your desired outcome. Included among the issues we explore are: Evaluating your Needs and Cost/Affordability of Restoration, Landowner Health, Natural Gas Lease Restrictions, Soil Compaction and Fertility Issues, Invasive Species and their Control, and Species Selection - Putting the Right Plants in the Right Place.

Speakers

Gary Micsky, Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Penn State Extension – Mercer County

Forest Soils

Fundamentals of forest soils and how they impact tree growth and forest health.

This webinar presents some fundamentals of forest soils and how they impact tree growth and forest health. Topics include: site index, soil texture, soil moisture, erosion, and harvesting impacts on soils. In addition, the use of on-line soil surveys is explored.

Speakers

Rick Stehouwer, Professor of Environmental Soil Science, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Shale Gas Development and Landscape Changes

Bird abundance and distribution as impacted by shale gas development, and strategies for reducing negative impacts through habitat restoration.

This webinar presents research examining landscape changes associated with shale gas development in Pennsylvania forests and in particular the effects of pipelines on bird abundance and distribution. To examine landscape scale changes, Lycoming County was used as a case study for a geographic information system (GIS) analysis to quantify habitat fragmentation resulting from shale gas development and determine differences based on land ownership (public vs. private). The webinar also discusses research conducted on the response of bird communities to shale gas pipelines across the north-central region and strategies for reducing negative impacts through habitat restoration.

Speakers

Lillie Langlois, Ph.D. Candidate, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Assessing Your Forest: TUSAF

The Treatment Unit Sustainability Assessment Form (TUSAF) provides a tool to assess whether a planned or completed timber harvest will yield a sustainable outcome.

The Treatment Unit Sustainability Assessment Form (TUSAF) provides forest landowners and forestry practitioners with a tool to assess whether a planned or completed timber harvest will yield a sustainable outcome, when used in conjunction with the TUSAF Decision Key. Learn how to assess how changes in canopy closure, average tree diameter, tree quality, and species composition, combined with regeneration, interfering plants, and deer impacts affect sustainable forest outcomes.

Speakers

Jim Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Management, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

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Provides forest landowners and forestry practitioners with a tool to assess their current forest condition, develop a desired forest condition, and evaluate the results of their harvesting operation.

Vernal Pools

Learn about vernal pool structure, wildlife species that use the pools, conserving vernal pools and where to find help in caring for them.

This webinar introduces participants to vernal pools. You’ll learn how to recognize the structure in both wet and dry times of the year, indicator species that make use of them, best management practices for areas around the pools, potential diseases affecting the animals that live there, how to register a vernal pool, and where to go to find wetland resources to help you care for your own vernal pools.

Speaker

Betsy Leppo, Invertebrate Zoologist, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

In this webinar are multiple active links to resources. You can pause the webinar and click on the links to take you to the provided resources.

Tracking Movements of White-tailed Deer in Pennsylvania Forests

Each year up to 80 deer are fitted with satellite GPS collars that collect thousands of locations a year. Dr. Duane Diefenbach shares some insights into deer movement behavior as it relates to the fall hunting seasons and the rut.

The Deer-Forest Study is a cooperative research project of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry. Each year up to 80 deer are fitted with satellite GPS collars that collect thousands of locations a year. Dr. Duane Diefenbach shares some insights into deer movement behavior as it relates to the fall hunting seasons and the rut. Find out how far and fast deer travel on state forests in the Big Woods of northcentral Pennsylvania and the ridges and valleys of central Pennsylvania.

Speaker

Duane R. Diefenbach, Ph.D., Leader and Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology, U.S. Geological Survey Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Penn State.

Teaching Youth about Forests

Do you want to encourage and inspire youth to love the woods?

This webinar focuses on the importance of teaching youth about forests, why we should do it, and how to do it.  Interactive elements during the session allow participants to share their experience and ideas with the entire group.

Speaker

Sanford “Sandy” Smith, Senior Lecturer in Forest Resources and Extension Education, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Top Issues Faced by Woodland Owners

Hopefully your woodlands bring levels of satisfaction and enjoyment to life; however, you likely have questions, issues, challenges, and uncertainties associated with your land.

Why do you own woodlands? This is an interesting question, and one you have likely asked yourself. Individually, everyone likely has myriad reasons for holding woodlands. In this webinar, we look at the some of the top issues identified through surveys and discussions with Pennsylvania woodland owners. It is one thing to identify the issues; it is another thing to find resources to attain resolution. We don't promise to cover your issue or provide the solution you need, though through this process, we might open new conversations, find new resources, and help you conserve and better manage your woodlands.

Speaker

Jim Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Management and Director of the Center for Private Forests at Penn State

Please note: there were audio difficulties during this webinar and the sound periodically cuts out.