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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.

November 20, 2018

After a long, hot, and, in some places, a wetter than normal summer, it seems autumn has finally arrived. Perhaps your thoughts are turning toward evenings warming in front of the fireplace or cozying up to the woodstove.

October 30, 2018

Unlike many understory plants whose small seeds can adhere to fur or feathers and be passively dispersed that way, trees typically have larger seeds, which animals disperse through frugivory or scatter hoarding.

Images from walks around the state (Photos by Barb Sellers, Matt Sampson, Mike Manes, and Henry Williams)
October 17, 2018

People all across the state came out to explore and celebrate the benefits, resources, and wonders that Pennsylvania’s forests provide us during the second annual Walk in Penn’s Woods on Sunday, October 7.

October 17, 2018

This article covers the key characteristics on how to identify tree-of-heaven and distinguish it from a couple of common native look-alikes.

October 17, 2018

Spotted lanternfly is a new invasive insect found in southeastern Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, and western New Jersey. It is a voracious insect that can feed on over 75 plants, including economically important crops like grapes, hops, apples, and other tree fruit. It also feeds heavily on deciduous trees like black walnut, maple, and poplar, having potentially significant impacts on the timber industry. Its preferred host is an invasive plant, tree-of-heaven, that is currently being targeted for spotted lanternfly control and monitoring throughout the northeast region.

October 17, 2018

Pennsylvania's Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee worked closely with the Pennsylvania Department for Environmental Protection to update the plans to comply with current regulations.

October 17, 2018

Updates on inspections and a recap of summer events.