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February 26, 2019

In Pennsylvania, forests serve many functions that affect both water quantity and quality.

February 21, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019. Space is limited. Hosted by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.

Allium tricoccum, ramps, produce leaves before most other plants in the spring.
February 21, 2019

Pennsylvania forestlands are home to a unique forest plant sought for its pungent onion-like taste: ramps or wild leek (Allium tricoccum).

Results of a high-graded forest. (Photo by Jim Finley)
February 21, 2019

Despite the importance of forests in PA, many forests have become degraded due to past timber harvesting practices that have mainly removed the largest and most valuable trees from the forest and left behind the smaller, lower-quality ones.

February 21, 2019

Hosted by the University of Maryland, Wednesday, March 13 to Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Online - registration is now open!

February 21, 2019

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.

January 29, 2019

Smaller-acreage woodlands can play an important role in providing diversity of age and structure in forest habitat.

Once you’ve identified an egg mass, use a hard, flat edge to scrape the masses off of the surface and into a container filled with alcohol or hand sanitizer.(Photo by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.)
January 11, 2019

We’ve now traded the growing season’s lively buzz for the still, quiet woods of winter, but even during this time of year, we can be proactive and vigilant in monitoring and managing forest health threats.

January 11, 2019

As of December 2018, after months of negotiations, the US House and Senate have reached agreement and will soon be sending the 2018 Farm Bill for final approval by the President. The Farm Bill continues to support farmers in producing food while also improving the natural resources upon which we all depend. The Farm Bill has played a significant role in helping people care for their woodlands since the bill’s Forestry Title was first created in 2002.

Join hundreds of woodland owners and natural resource professionals at the 4th biennial Forest Landowners Conference on March 22-23. (Photos by Laura Kirt)
January 11, 2019

The Center for Private Forests at Penn State and its many partners are gearing up for the 4th Biennial Forest Landowners Conference.

January 11, 2019

The first half of the year is a time of regional and statewide conferences. Check out offerings in your neck of the woods.

December 19, 2018

If a landowner is ready to act to care well for their woods, we can’t overstate the importance of a forester to help with the process.

December 14, 2018

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.

December 14, 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.

December 14, 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.

December 14, 2018

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.