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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.

June 20, 2011

Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Science (non-tenure track 36-week appointment), School of Forest Resources, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State, University Park. Available 08/01/11.

June 6, 2011

American ginseng has been collected from Pennsylvania forestlands for more than 250 years, but Penn State researcher Eric Burkhart was astonished by how little was known about the industry focused on the gathering of a wild herb.

June 2, 2011

The research could help the more than 170 countries that have agreed to comply with new shipping guidelines known as the International Standard of Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 -- ISPM-15 -- according to John Janowiak, professor of wood products engineering.

May 12, 2011

Gary San Julian, professor of wildlife resources, has fielded many inquiries about the Eastern cougar's status in recent decades. He wanted to believe that some remnant cougar population survived in northcentral Pennsylvania, or elsewhere in the East, but he knew better.

May 3, 2011

Penn State Wildlife and Fisheries Science major James Feaga conducted research last summer on avian use of restored wetlands through the McNair Scholarship program.

April 26, 2011

One of the researchers is Nicole Brown, associate professor of wood chemistry. She received $894,507 to create enhanced-value opportunities for biofuel co-products and residues produced in biofuel-production facilities and iron foundries.

April 19, 2011

Wood Products seniors Shaun Herbst and Brandon Treece have built two guitars that will be auctioned as a fundraiser for the Penn State Student Chapter of the Forest Products Society. Both guitars will be posted on eBay Friday, April 22, thru Friday April 29.

April 6, 2011

Forest Resources Institute for Teachers -- often referred as FRIT -- provides first through seventh grade teachers the information and educational tools needed to teach a balanced environment and ecology curriculum related to Pennsylvania's renewable natural resources.

March 3, 2011

John Carlson, professor of molecular genetics in the School of Forest Resources, is principal investigator on the project, "Comparative Genomics of Environmental Stress Responses in North American Hardwoods," funded by the NSF Plant Genome Research Program.

February 11, 2011

The Wildlife Outreach Web-center, or WOW, offers in-depth information on a variety of wildlife topics ranging from habitat enhancement to controlling nuisance and damage problems that occasionally occur between people and wildlife. Visitors also can find the names of agencies and individuals across the state that can help resolve issues ranging from the skunk under the deck to the injured bird in the backyard. Downloadable fact sheets are included for most topics.

February 1, 2011

The Heinz Endowments recently awarded a team of Penn State researchers a $412,000, three-year, grant to identify and mitigate the effects of Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration and development on the forest ecosystem. The interdisciplinary research team, led by Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, and Patrick Drohan, assistant professor of pedology, both faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences, also will develop land management practices and a monitoring program to reduce the Marcellus disturbance footprint.

February 1, 2011

If you want to know what animal assaulted your apple tree or committed a felony on your tulips, you should learn crime-scene-investigation techniques, according to a wildlife expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Gary San Julian, professor of wildlife resources, will present a free online seminar about those investigative techniques at noon and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7. That webinar will kick off a short, monthly series of webinars about wildlife damage presented by Penn State Cooperative Extension.

January 17, 2011

Penn State's School of Forest Resources has played an important role in the chestnut genetics portion of this multistate research project since its inception in 1982.

December 20, 2010

The programs will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 12, Jan. 19, and Jan. 26, and will be geared for financial advisers, such as attorneys, accountants, financial planners, tax preparers and small-business owners. Landowners also are welcome.

December 10, 2010

Two years ago, Penn State's School of Forest Resources and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry teamed up to offer a free program to teach youth about forests and the concept of forest stewardship. Since then, more than 5,000 youths have participated.

December 1, 2010

At today's fuel prices, burning wood remains a wise and viable option to reduce home-heating bills, according to a forest resources expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

November 17, 2010

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of 2004 Wildlife and Fisheries Science graduate David L. Grove, who was killed in the line of duty on November 11.

November 16, 2010

Do fish feel pain? The question is so troubling that many wish it were not even asked in a serious way, let alone answered.