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2019

In the Know: Resources for Forest Landowners
July 12, 2019
Take time to explore the websites and social pages of the organizations below to learn more about caring for your woods!
Controlling the Invasive Tree-of-Heaven
July 12, 2019
Ailanthus altissima, commonly referred to as tree-of-heaven, is a rapidly growing deciduous tree native to northeast and central China, as well as Taiwan. It was first introduced into the United States in the late 1700s. Initially, it was valued as an urban street tree and was widely planted in the mid-Atlantic region. From there, tree-of-heaven has spread across the nation and become a common invasive weed in urban, agricultural, and forested areas.
Pennsylvania Tree Farm: Community Update
July 12, 2019
The Pennsylvania Tree Farm (PATF) Committee has been working to add value for members of the PA Tree Farm community.
Pennsylvania Forestry Association: Finding Answers to Your Forestry Questions
July 12, 2019
The Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA), our Nation’s oldest forestry association, prides itself on helping members.
SFI Logger Training Is Good for Water Quality
July 12, 2019
For more than 20 years, the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Professional Timber Harvester Training Program has been teaching loggers how to properly implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to protect water quality during timber harvesting operations.
Getting Ready for 2019 Walk in Penn’s Woods!
July 12, 2019
Hosting and Crowdfunding Opportunities
Deer Management for Forest Landowners and Managers
July 12, 2019
A group of 12 wildlife/forestry biologists has just published a book on deer management, titled “Deer Management for Forest Landowners and Managers,” based on their collective decades of research, teaching, consulting, and managing of white-tailed deer in northeastern US states.
For Your Library
July 12, 2019
Make a Home for Wildlife: Creating Habitat on Your Land: Backyard to Many Acres by Charles Fergus
“Mind the Gap”: Introducing the Pause in Forest Stewardship
June 28, 2019
Introducing the pause in forest stewardship, minding the gap if you will, is a place of reflection, and its importance cannot be underestimated. It’s a time to seek out additional resources, a time to ask for advice from fellow landowners who’ve done what is being proposed; it’s a time to ask for help.
Native forest plants rebound when invasive shrubs are removed
May 28, 2019
Removing invasive shrubs to restore native forest habitat brings a surprising result, according to Penn State researchers, who say desired native understory plants display an unexpected ability and vigor to recolonize open spots.
Be a part of the restoration mission to bring back the American chestnut
May 28, 2019
The PA/NJ Chapter of TACF is seeking volunteers to help conduct Small Stem Assays (SSA) with American chestnut seedlings this June. No experience necessary.
Tracking the Complex Relationships and Timing of Plants and Pollinators
May 23, 2019
With increasing attention to pollinators and native plants that sustain those native pollinators, one may wonder if warmer-than-average or cooler-than-average temperatures have an effect on the emergence of pollinating insects.
Ah, spring. Ah, ah, ah-choo!
April 26, 2019
Spring is a time of warmer weather, beautiful flowers, green growth, but it also heralds tree pollen season.
2019 Forest Landowners Conference a Big Success!
April 15, 2019
Invitation to Comment
April 15, 2019
The Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources is in the process of revising their Forest Action Plan and Bureau of Forestry Strategic Plan. You are invited to share you feedback.
2019 Walk in Penn’s Woods: Adding some “Roll”
April 15, 2019
Based on enthusiasm and tremendous support, work has begun on the 2019 Walk in Penn’s Woods.
Slagter Tree Farm of the Year Field Day Activities
April 15, 2019
Information about the May 4, 2019 Tree Farm Tour in Warren County
Pennsylvania Tree Farm News: Signs of Spring
April 15, 2019
Here in Southwestern Pennsylvania we have gotten a few glimpses of spring after this strange, very wet winter.
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Fact Sheet on ACRE
April 15, 2019
Pennsylvania’s Municipal Planning Code (MPC) allows municipalities to regulate forestry and timber harvesting activities through code. However, timber harvesting operations sometimes run into issues with “unauthorized local ordinances.”
For Your Library
April 15, 2019
Edward O. Wilson’s Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life
PHFA-PFA Merger Results in New “Forest Heritage” Focus Area
April 15, 2019
Managing Small Woodlots
April 15, 2019
New Publication from Penn State Ag Alternatives
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – April 2019
April 15, 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.
Looking to the Future: Improving Woodlands and Finding Creative Uses for Low-value Wood
March 31, 2019
There are many types of woodland stand improvement activities that yield small diameter and low-value wood; however, one may be left wondering if there is some creative use of these materials. As it turns out, there are some existing and emerging markets for low-value wood.
Forests and Water Belong Together
February 26, 2019
In Pennsylvania, forests serve many functions that affect both water quantity and quality.
Join the Women and Their Woods for a spring chainsaw safety workshop
February 21, 2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019. Space is limited. Hosted by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.
Ramps: an important forest resource and emerging forest “crop”
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).
What Does Your Forest Look Like? Understanding the Impacts of High-Grading
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.
The Woods in Your Backyard online course - Spring 2019
February 21, 2019
Hosted by the University of Maryland, Wednesday, March 13 to Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Online - registration is now open!
Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – February 2019
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.
Forest? Woodland? - The Importance of Small Acreages in Stewardship
January 29, 2019
Smaller-acreage woodlands can play an important role in providing diversity of age and structure in forest habitat.
Seasonal Forest Health Note: Spotted Lanternfly Egg Masses
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.
Update: Forestry and Conservation Programs in the 2018 Farm Bill
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.
Register Now for the 2019 Forest Landowners Conference!
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.
Pennsylvania Forestry Association News
January 11, 2019
Tree Farm Activities Across Pennsylvania
January 11, 2019
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Update
January 11, 2019
Upcoming Conferences
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.
Woods in Your Backyard Webinar Series Will Help Landowners Care for Their Woods
January 11, 2019
Do you have woods in your backyard? Interested in learning more about them?