Preparing for High Gypsy Moth Densities

July 2, 2021

Periodic gypsy moth outbreaks cause defoliation stress to many plant species. Landowners should know what to expect and what management options to consider when an outbreak occurs.

Penn State Extension Timber Sales Publication Serves as a Guide for Forest Landowners

July 2, 2021

Timber harvesting is an important management tool. When conducted with care and planning, it allows owners to manage forests to meet multiple objectives.

Plans Underway for 5th Annual Walk in Penn's Woods

July 2, 2021

Across the state, Pennsylvanians of all ages are invited to get out and join a walk in the woods during the 5th annual Walk in Penn’s Woods on Sunday, October 3.

At the Center: Research at the Intersection of People and Forests

July 2, 2021

One of the hallmarks of the Center for Private Forests’ work involves conducting applied research at the intersection of people and forests. This research guides the creation of resources to assist woodland owners, informs partners in their outreach efforts, and determines where to focus future efforts toward attaining a healthy and productive forested landscape.

Woods and Wildlife News and Notes: The Latest News from the Forestry and Wildlife Extension Team

July 2, 2021

Penn State Extension’s team of Forestry and Wildlife experts publishes an e-newsletter, Woods and Wildlife News and Notes, containing the most recent information, events, demonstrations, partnerships, and activities coming from the team. Forest Leaves shares the titles and thumbnails of these articles with you each quarter.

Book Review: The Age of Wood, A Most Fascinating Read

July 2, 2021

This may be a redundant message about a most fascinating book about wood, but since repetition is a form of education, I will proceed.

Save the Date: Forest Landowners Conference Set for March 24-25, 2023

July 2, 2021

The Center for Private Forests at Penn State is excited to announce that the 5th Biennial Forest Landowners Conference is set for Friday-Saturday, March 24-25, 2023.

Pennsylvania Forestry Association Activities and Upcoming Events

July 2, 2021

There is a lot happening with the Pennsylvania Forestry Association in the coming months!

Ellen Shultzabarger Elected to SFI Board of Directors

July 2, 2021

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) recently announced the election of Ellen Shultzabarger, Pennsylvania State Forester and Director of the Bureau of Forestry, to the SFI Board of Directors.

Pennsylvania Tree Farm: The Importance of Vernal Pools in the Forest Ecosystem

July 2, 2021

It is well known how important vernal pools are to salamanders, frogs, and other aquatic invertebrates in forested settings. It is truly surprising how quickly recently-constructed shallow pools are inhabited by numerous small aquatic creatures and underwater insects such as water scorpions and water boatmen.

Keep Fighting the Good Fight – and Don’t Go It Alone

June 24, 2021

The solstice has come and passed and summer is upon us once again. We faced a long, cold winter and an even longer year of challenge and uncertainty, but life is beginning to feel vibrant again. Our summertime forests are teeming with the buzz and soft flutters of pollinators, are rich with flowers that will soon turn to fruit and seeds, and are brimming with…ecological warfare?

Maintaining Forest Property Lines

May 21, 2021

Property line maintenance is one of the most important aspects of land ownership. It is your responsibility as the landowner to know where the boundaries to your property are located. Most forest landowners have a general idea where their lines are and have accurately surveyed maps, but few have their lines clearly marked and painted on the ground.

New Landowner Guidance for Bat Conservation

May 21, 2021

Almost all North American bats rely on forests for survival. Individual forest landowners can play a large role in supporting these important animals, and a new publication co-authored by a Forest Service scientist offers guidance on how. Forest Management and Bats describes how active forest management can improve forest health and productivity while maintaining and enhancing bat habitat.

Discover Your Woodland Path

May 21, 2021

You may have heard or read that walking was the preferred exercise during the pandemic. Folks put on their walking shoes and took to the streets, parks, and trails for diverse reasons – fresh air, social distancing, scenery changes, and, of course, exercise.

A Spring Walk in Penn’s Woods: Preparing to Get Back Out into Nature!

April 23, 2021

After a challenging year that seemed more like four seasons of winter, spring is finally – yes, finally – in the air, and Pennsylvania’s forests are shaking off nature’s cold silence and bursting with life. It’s this fast-changing, born anew side of nature that makes spring a fascinating time to explore in the woods. And it’s the perfect time to gather your family, those in your “social pod,” or your camera and binoculars and take to the woods.

Timber Show Will Go On As Scheduled

April 22, 2021

Forest-products business professionals, students and workers interested in forest-related careers, and vendors of equipment and supplies will gather for commerce, education and networking at the 2021 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5, at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

TreeVitalize Partners Conference

April 20, 2021

Environmental injustice, or the unequal distribution of environmental resources and accessibility along race and class-based lines, is a historical and a contemporary issue.

Spring 2021 Pennsylvania Forest Health Update

April 9, 2021

Excerpts from the PA DCNR Division of Forest Health's report based on its annual monitoring program for insects, pathogens, weather stress, and other forest health issues, including forecasted issues for the upcoming year.

At the Center: Forest Legacy and Estate Planning

April 9, 2021

As baby boomers enter their mid-50s to mid-70s, significant acreages of forestland will be changing ownership over the next 10 to 20 years, as they divest or pass assets on to their heirs or beneficiaries. The USDA Forest Service anticipates one-third of the forest landowner population will be making decisions about the future of their forestland in the next five years. With this anticipated surge in the transfer of ownership, timely legal, financial, communication, and conservation tools must be made more accessible and available to forest landowners as they plan the future of their land.

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expanded

April 9, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added eight counties to the spotted lanternfly quarantine list ahead of the spring hatch, bringing the total number of counties under quarantine to 34. Cambria, Cameron, Franklin, Lackawanna, Montour, Pike, Wayne, and Westmoreland are new to the quarantine for 2021.

Control Invasive Shrubs in Spring with Basal Bark Herbicide Applications

April 9, 2021

Basal bark herbicide applications are targeted treatments you can make in spring to effectively control numerous invasive shrub species.

Woods and Wildlife News and Notes: The Latest News from the Forestry and Wildlife Extension Team

April 8, 2021

Penn State Extension’s team of Forestry and Wildlife experts publishes an e-newsletter, Woods and Wildlife News and Notes, containing the most recent information, events, demonstrations, partnerships, and activities coming from the team. Forest Leaves shares the title and a thumbnail of these articles with you each quarter.

Learn How to Assess a Harvest for Sustainability

April 8, 2021

The Sustainable Timber Harvesting “virtual” Workshop, Wednesday, April 28, 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., is intended to give participants the knowledge and tools they need to assess—or work with a natural resources professional to assess—whether a proposed timber harvest meets sustainability guidelines. It is designed to strengthen participants’ understanding of sustainable forest management. This is an opportunity to have your questions answered by forestry professionals who have experience managing forest resources.

Advice from the Woods: Ask Our Experts

April 8, 2021

The Advice from the Woods: Ask Our Experts event involves a panel of Forestry and Wildlife Extension Educators and Faculty tackling participant-submitted or commonly-asked questions and scenarios as a team. This is an opportunity to meet your whole team of experts at once, and for a given issue, hear discussion between multiple informed perspectives to help you gain a better handle on the many complex factors involved in addressing or solving an issue.

How to Talk About Hunting Webinar Series to Provide Research-Based Communications Instruction

April 8, 2021

Responsive Management, in partnership with the Hunters’ Leadership Forum of the NRA and the support of the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports, will conduct a free webinar series covering material from the new book, How to Talk About Hunting: Research-Based Communications Strategies.

Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Leadership Changes

April 8, 2021

The Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) is comprised of many knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers who, in addition to their regular day-to-day duties, make the commitment to show up to meetings, support and guide the program, and contribute their valuable input.

Pennsylvania Tree Farm Welcomes John Hoover as New Chair

April 8, 2021

I am John Hoover and my first article for Forest Leaves is to introduce myself as the 2021 Chair of the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee. One of my responsibilities is to submit articles about our future activities. I have been active in the PA Tree Farm system since joining over 20 years ago.

Pennsylvania Forestry Association: Events and Programs Update

April 8, 2021

As reported last quarter, the Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA) held its Annual Symposium over five days of online lunches last fall. Over those days, the PFA awarded the Joseph Rothrock Award to Reneé Carey, the Sandy Cochran Award to Jean Devlin, the Mira Dock Award to Sally Zaino, PA Tree Farmers of the Year to Rebecca Trigger and Mark Foley, and PA Tree Farm Inspector of the Year to Rob Piper. While this was highlighted last issue, it’s worth repeating. Save the date of October 9, 2021 for what we hope will be an in-person Annual Symposium event.

Continuing Series: Imagine the Opportunity of a Smaller Carbon Footprint: Article 6: Storing and Sequestering Carbon: Pennsylvania’s Forest Resource

March 18, 2021

Let us start by taking a closer look at Pennsylvania’s forest resource. Based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) program, 2019 data, Pennsylvania has more than 16.6 million acres of forest land and is 58% forested. From this data we also know that Pennsylvania has the largest hardwood forest volume of any state. The Commonwealth has historically provided about 10% of the nation’s supply of hardwood lumber and leads the U.S. in lumber exports.

Deer Impact Assessment and Mitigation Webinar Series

March 18, 2021

A new three-session webinar series offered by Penn State Extension provides a roundup of current information and strategies to help natural resource managers understand, assess, and manage deer impact in forested systems.

Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802