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February 10, 2012

Housed in the college's School of Forest Resources, the Center for Private Forests will foster the retention, stewardship and management of private forests, according to center director James Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources. "We intend to focus outreach and research on the stewardship of private forests and, through this process, create collaborative learning opportunities for students and stakeholders."

February 4, 2012

The three-decades-old initiative to restore American chestnut trees back into forests in the eastern United States has entered a new phase, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

January 31, 2012

The Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association is currently raising funds for an endowed scholarship at Penn State in honor of WCO David L. Grove who was shot and killed in the line of duty on November 11, 2010. WCO Grove completed a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Penn State in 2004; he was committed to the field of conservation law enforcement and was himself an avid hunter and fisherman.

January 24, 2012

Recent Penn State graduate Michelle Myers built some strong relationships while at Penn State, but she also built a passion to create enduring furniture.

January 24, 2012

Elise Brown, a graduate student in agricultural and extension education from Tangier, Ind., Alex Gren, a senior wildlife and fisheries science major from Zionsville, and Nicole O'Block, a senior agricultural science major with international agriculture and leadership development minors from Irwin, were winners in the Best Use of Indigenous Knowledge category for their video outlining a solution to prevent the cattle disease, nagana.

January 12, 2012

Penn State Extension this year will provide many opportunities for private landowners to learn about how to manage their forests properly. During the coming months, day-long forest landowner conferences will be offered at various locations around the state, covering a wide variety of topics related to forest and wildlife management.

December 22, 2011

The fourth annual School of Forest Resources Career Fair will be held Friday, February 24, 2012, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Forest Resources Building at Penn State University Park.

December 5, 2011

The holidays are a perfect time to take a walk in the woods with your heirs and talk about your land and what's important to you, suggests Allyson Muth, program associate for the Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program, which is based in the college's School of Forest Resources.

October 31, 2011

Attracted by the country's unique wildlife, Melanie Torres spent her spring 2011 semester studying abroad in New Zealand, where she had many amazing experiences and more than a few surprises.

October 28, 2011

Bryan Swistock, extension water resource specialist, led the first 'unbiased and large-scale study of water quality in private water wells .. both before and after the drilling of Marcellus gas wells nearby.'

October 10, 2011

The Ibberson Chair's purpose is to educate students and to continue leadership in the professional management of private forest resources, and Finley is uniquely qualified for the position, according to Michael Messina, director of the School of Forest Resources.

October 3, 2011

Paul Smith, professor of forest products marketing at Penn State, leads the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance's Environmentally Preferred Products Group, which will seek to provide focused information on environmental impacts in a way that is meaningful for industry, government leaders, purchasing managers and consumers. With a five-year budget of nearly $636,000, the researchers hope to quantify environmental and social values and determine how those values influence purchasing decisions for biofuel-based products.

September 29, 2011

Extreme weather conditions may not cause a less brilliant foliage display this autumn, according to a forest expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Ironically, the climate extremes may not be so much to blame as what is happening now, explained Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology.

September 26, 2011

When one thinks of woodworking and power tools, women and Penn State may not be the first things that come to mind. But in the case of Carol Chang, they are entirely relevant.

September 16, 2011

In a six-year study, Sarah Pabian, who recently received her doctoral degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, monitored populations of ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla) in four forested, 100-hectare sites in central Pennsylvania.

September 1, 2011

Forest Science senior Tim Benedict placed third in the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Event Aug. 28 in Salem, Ore. -- one of just six students who qualified for the finals of the lumberjack competition.

September 1, 2011

"Nationwide, our forest area is stable, but for Pennsylvania, the most recent assessment suggests a small decline in forest area as development in our more-urban areas outpaces farmland abandonment," notes Jim Finley, professor of forest resources.

August 17, 2011

Michael Jacobson, associate professor of forest resources, and Tim Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics, examined how gas drilling and production activities are affecting municipal government and services in two rural counties where they are occurring.

July 11, 2011

Mark Gagnon, visiting assistant professor of sustainable entrepreneurship (and School of Forest Resources alumnus), recently was named entrepreneurship coordinator by dean Bruce McPheron.

June 30, 2011

Many people are unaware of the potential wildfire risk that at times exists in local communities. To increase public understanding of wildfires, experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences compiled "Wildfire," a new publication in Penn State Extension's popular From the Woods series.