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Out of necessity, forest landowners and resource managers are increasingly turning to herbicides to manage undesirable vegetation. The “Herbicides and Forest Vegetation Management Webinar Series” will teach participants how to use herbicides safely and effectively to manage problem vegetation through a series of three one hour “live” online lectures that can be viewed from the convenience of your home or work computer. Sessions run for three weeks on Wednesdays, January 2, 9, and 16, 2019 from 2:00-3:00 PM. All lectures will be recorded and can be viewed later if “live” sessions are missed. The series is brought to you by Penn State Extension and Arborchem Products. Please register by December 28, 2018.

Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, has finalized Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2018 Tax Year. The Federal income tax provisions that apply to timber have changed for the 2018 tax year from the December 2017 new tax legislation. To help family timber owners, foresters, and their tax preparers in filing their 2018 tax returns, this bulletin provides income tax guidance that is current as of September 30, 2018.

Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, shares information about Income Tax Deduction on Timber and Landscape Tree Loss from Casualty. This article provides guidelines for tax deduction issues, including the new tax law changes affecting the 2018 tax year. According to Dr. Wang, timber or landscape trees destroyed by hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, ice and hail storms, tornadoes, and other storms are "casualty losses" that may allow you as a property owner to take a deduction on your Federal income tax return. The key for most cases is to figure out the "adjusted basis" of the timber.

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.

When: May 11, 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Woodland Lodge, 2662 Eureka Road, Grand Valley

Hosted by the Foundation for Sustainable Forests

When: March 22, 2019 1:30 PM to March 23, 2019 5:00 PM
Where: The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College, PA

Hosted by the Center for Private Forests and its partners.

When: March 9, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Dauphin County Agricultural and Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin
When: March 2, 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Bedford American Legion, 3721 US-220 Business, Bedford, PA

Sponsored by the Woodland Owners of the Southern Alleghenies

When: February 16, 2019, 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Where: Clarion University Grunenwald Science and Technology Center

Sponsored by the Clarion County Forest Stewardship Committee, Penn State Extension, Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Woodland Owners of the Clarion Allegheny Valley

When: January 19, 2019, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Edinboro University, 405 Scotland Road, Edinboro, PA

Sponsored by Erie County Conservation District, Northwest Pennsylvania Woodland Association, and the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry

We seek to provide unbiased information and advice on issues that impact sustainable use and conservation of our soil resources, remediation and reclamation of polluted and degraded soils such a brownfields and mined lands, and soil based recycling of residual materials from agricultural, municipal, and industrial waste streams.

The Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics was initiated in 1998 based on the vision and gifts from Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Louis W. Schatz (class of 1934). In the Schatz Center labs located at Penn State's University Park campus, state-of-the-art research is conducted in forest genetics, genomics and related areas. The Schatz Center provides training opportunities for undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. The Schatz Center also sponsors a colloquium, held biennially at Penn State's Mont Alto campus, which brings together researchers and practitioners from industry, government, and academia to discuss the science of current issues in tree genetics.

4-H Stream Teams is a new opportunity for youth in Pennsylvania that are interested in water, environmental awareness, science, and their local community. Youth participate in hands-on learning experiences and take part in implementing a water based community service project in their own neighborhoods.