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2018

For Love of the Woods—The Importance of Helping Others Connect and Care in the Long Haul
July 31, 2018
How can today’s woodland owners foster and inspire the next generation of woodland owners who will ensure that our forests are retained and actively cared for?
Planting Their Future
July 10, 2018
On a cold April day, 40 high school students and their teacher teamed up with DCNR, NRCS, and county conservation professionals to plant over 400 saplings as part of a riparian buffer project.
Raising Awareness of Pennsylvania’s Woods
July 10, 2018
Help us make Walk in Penn's Woods a success!
Pennsylvania Forestry Association News
July 10, 2018
PA Tree Farm Update: Re-inspections and Tree Farmer Training
July 10, 2018
Five-Year Inspection is the name of the game in 2018 and new resources available for Tree Farmers.
A Busy Spring for the PA SFI Implementation Committee
July 10, 2018
New Fact Sheet on Properly Mulching Trees
July 10, 2018
Proper mulching is one of the best ways to promote vigorous root growth and tree health.
2019 Forest Landowners Conference Dates Set
July 10, 2018
March 22-23 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
New Resources Available on Identifying and Controlling Tree-of-Heaven
July 10, 2018
Tree-of-heaven is a preferred host for the spotted lanternfly.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – July 2018
July 10, 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.
Wolf Administration Names New Pennsylvania State Forester
June 14, 2018
A veteran of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Bureau of Forestry has been appointed state forester and will serve as director of the bureau. Ellen M. Shultzabarger, who has worked for 14 years in various positions in the Bureau of Forestry, begins as the bureau director starting June 11.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – June 2018
June 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.
Numerous reports this season of oak anthracnose in central Pennsylvania
June 4, 2018
Have you noticed more than a few oak trees losing leaves or showing brownish, papery, or necrotic foliage lately? You may be one of many central Pennsylvanians noticing an abundance of oak anthracnose, caused by the fungal pathogen Apiognomonia quercina.
The Time is Right—Finding and Growing Niches for Woods Work
May 25, 2018
The time is ripe for entrepreneurship and cultivating woodland enterprises in Pennsylvania.
Thinning Forests to Save the Birds
May 17, 2018
In this video, you will meet John Hoover and Mike and Laura Jackson, Pennsylvania landowners who are using targeted cuts to manage for diverse forests on their properties. Healthy forests, just like healthy human populations, are sustained by a diversity of ages. Each group has a role to play in maintaining the whole community over the long term. But forests are becoming homogenous especially in the East, and diverse forests are on the decline. The loss of diverse forests negatively impacts on many different wildlife species, including the golden-winged warbler and cerulean warbler.
"Learn Now" video on identifying Tree-of-Heaven and some native lookalikes.
May 17, 2018
Penn State Extension has released a new "Learn Now" video to assist in the identification of Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus). With recent efforts to combat the spread of spotted lanternfly, this information is very important to ensure landowners are removing the correct trees!
New Fact Sheet on Properly Mulching Trees
May 17, 2018
Spring has finally arrived, landscapers and home gardeners are ready to get out and work in their yards. Some of that work will entail spreading mulch on newly planted and existing trees. Before you do, be sure to read the new fact sheet just released by Penn State Extension’s natural resources educator Dave Jackson, entitled Mulching Landscape Trees.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – May 2018
May 17, 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.
Spring Woodland Flowers: Overcoming the Learning Challenge
April 27, 2018
Across Pennsylvania it is a season of wonder in the woods as the plant community comes alive and takes advantage of the longer, brighter days and warming soils.
Making a Story Map in ArcGIS
April 9, 2018
A story map is a simple way to share information about a place, embedding images, videos, and/or data into a customized map to share with other people.
Welcome, Melissa Kreye!
April 9, 2018
Melissa is the new Assistant Professor of Forest Resource Management in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State
Welcome, Sarah Wurzbacher!
April 9, 2018
Sarah is a new Forest Resources Extension Educator based in Williamsport.
Pennsylvania Tree Farm Update: Inspections and Safety Training
April 9, 2018
The PA Tree Farm Committee is focused on inspections and adding value for 2018.
Public Invited to Tree Farm Field Day
April 9, 2018
Arlyn and Marial Perkey, 2017 Pennsylvania Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, invite you to their Greene County, Pennsylvania Tree Farm.
Pennsylvania Forestry Association: Log A Load For Kids Raises Over $7,000 For PA Children’s Hospitals
April 9, 2018
The Pennsylvania forestry community recently raised a generous amount for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) designated Pennsylvania Children’s Hospitals by conducting a Log A Load For Kids Pheasant Hunt sporting event at the Warriors Mark Wing Shooting Lodge near Gintner, PA.
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. Offering New Small Lands Group Certification Module
April 9, 2018
SFI Inc. is rolling out a new certification module to increase small land certification in the United States and Canada.
Making a Difference—Sharing Stewardship across the Landscape
March 26, 2018
If you are among the landowners who have engaged in active stewardship of your land, consider the impact you could have in helping other landowners understand what you’ve come to know.
The Novel Shade of Invasive Shrubs
March 14, 2018
Help researchers understand the impact of shading from invasive shrubs on native plants through citizen science!
Recommended Forestry Best Management Practices Related to Spotted Lanternfly
March 14, 2018
Spotted Lanternfly is a rapidly spreading threat to Pennsylvania's forest and agricultural communities. Recently the PA Department of Agriculture's Hardwoods Development Council created a series of Spotted Lanternfly Best Management Practices to encourage diligence in preventing further spread of the pest. This Central Pennsylvania Forestry blog post excerpts some of the most relevant information for forest landowners, foresters, and loggers. You can also find upcoming workshops and other news articles by searching the Penn State Extension website (extension.psu.edu) for spotted lanternfly.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – March 2018
March 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.
Timber Harvesting Cautions
February 23, 2018
Timber harvest represents the best time to make a positive change on your woodland; but it’s also the time when the most damage can be done.
Announcing a Workshop on Caring for the Woods
February 14, 2018
Do you have woods in your backyard? Penn State research estimates that nearly half a million Pennsylvanians own a small patch of woodlands -- something less than ten acres in size. In fact, the average small ownership is about two acres. In sum, these small patches add up to about a million or so acres, or about 10 percent, of our state’s privately held woodlands.
Applications Open for Educational Retreat for Women Forest Landowners
February 14, 2018
Women across the mid-Atlantic region who own, care for, or are interested in learning more about forestland are invited to apply now to attend the Women and Their Woods (WaTW) Educational Retreat from September 6-9th, 2018 at the Highlights Workshop Facility in Boyd’s Mill, Milanville, Pennsylvania.
Good Forest Management Yields Wildlife Oasis
February 14, 2018
From the kitchen table to the boardroom table, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) brings people together across the nation for: healthier food, natural resources and people; a stronger agricultural industry; and economic growth, jobs and innovation. Each Friday, meet those farmers, producers and landowners through our #Fridaysonthefarm stories. Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where NRCS and partners help people help the land. For this Friday issue, we headed to Bedford County, Pennsylvania, where avid birders Mike and Laura Jackson are managing their forests to provide high-quality habitat for wildlife.
Maryland's the Woods in Your Backyard online course - Spring 2018
February 14, 2018
Registration is now open for the Spring session of "The Woods in Your Backyard" online course. Our self-paced, non-credit course runs 10 weeks from March 7th to May 20th, 2018. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners of small parcels of land (1-10 acres) that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. It uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include how to map habitat areas, understand basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife, choose and implement a few habitat management projects, and how to set a timetable and record your progress. Online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course. A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed. The course costs $85.00 per person, which includes the 108-page “Woods In Your Backyard” guide, workbook, and a tree identification guide. The course is limited to 25 participants, so sign up now!
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – February 2018
February 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.
Seeing Change in our Forests—Weather, Insects, and Forest Health
January 30, 2018
While there are many native insects that escape our attention until a population outbreak occurs, there are other species of insects that have gotten attention because of the havoc they are wreaking in the forests of Pennsylvania and other eastern states.
Announcing New Invasive Plant Identification and Control Guide
January 11, 2018
This 72-page, full-color guide provides in-depth practical information to help landowners and natural resource professionals identify and treat invasive plants often found in fields, forests, and woodlots.
The Future of Oak is in Your Hands
January 11, 2018
Why is oak so important and what is compromising its future?
Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2017 Tax Year
January 11, 2018
Specific federal income tax laws and rules apply to timber-related income and expenses. The tax tips provided in this bulletin is intended to assist timber owners, foresters, loggers and their tax preparers in filing the 2017 tax returns. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Please consult your own tax, legal, and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction. The information is current as of September 30, 2017.
Pennsylvania Tree Farm Update
January 11, 2018
Learn about the outstanding Tree Farmers and Tree Farm Inspector
Pennsylvania Forestry Association: #forestproud
January 11, 2018
Latest updates from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association
SFI Community Grants Help Landowners Keep Forests as Forests
January 11, 2018
SFI grants are designed to put the latest best practices and scientific research to work on behalf of well-managed forests, large and small.
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – January 2018
January 11, 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.