Remembering Jim Finley

October 10, 2021

Jim Finley, Ph.D., Ibberson Chair and Professor Emeritus of Private Forest Management and Human Dimensions and Natural Resources, and Center for Private Forests co-founder and Council Chair, was a leader dedicated to working at the intersection of people and forests.

5th Annual Walk in Penn’s Woods is Happening Sunday, October 3!

September 27, 2021

Pennsylvanians of all ages are invited to get out and explore a piece of our state’s 12 million acres of forestland during the 5th annual Walk in Penn’s Woods on Sunday, October 3. Whether you join in one of the many organized woods walks happening across the state or take to the woods for your own adventure, take time on October 3—or anytime the first weekend of the month—to discover all that Pennsylvania’s forests have to offer.

October is Riparian Buffer Month

September 27, 2021

Riparian buffers are important for so many reasons: protection for soils, streams, and the life that lives within them, filtration of pollutants, and recreation providers to name a few! Join Penn State Extension and the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council as they declare October Riparian Buffer Month. Written by Kristen Koch.

Loggers, Landscapers Face Deadly Danger Felling Trees in Forests and Urban Areas

September 27, 2021

According to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, logging is the most dangerous occupation in the nation. Recently, Judd Michael, Nationwide Insurance Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health and professor of agricultural and biological engineering in the College of Agricultural Sciences conducted research to compare the dangers of logging and landscape services, as they both practice felling and tree removal. Written by Jeff Mulhollem.

Seasonality of Defoliation and Refoliation Matters

September 1, 2021

Defoliation can adversely impact a tree’s health. When pest infestations are high, intense defoliation of trees already stressed by other factors can potentially lead to mortality. However, it isn’t just how much these insects eat or how often they dine, but also when during the growing season.

Know Your Trees and Where They Grow

August 31, 2021

Over the past year or so have you discovered a new or stronger connection to forests and trees? Those who study outdoor recreation have documented nearly explosive growth in the number of people exploring and spending time in parks and forests. Whether you are an old hand, used to spending time in sylvan landscapes, or a new convert to outside activities, have you found yourself looking in new ways at forests and wondering: What type of tree is that?

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.

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University Park, PA 16802

Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802