Out of Place: This Summer’s Pine Decline and Mortality

July 31, 2019

In recent years, eastern white pine has been experiencing dramatic health decline, with increasing cases of twig and canopy dieback, premature browning and shedding of needles, and even death.

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

For Your Library

July 12, 2019

Make a Home for Wildlife: Creating Habitat on Your Land: Backyard to Many Acres by Charles Fergus

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.

“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

Review of: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery, Chicago Review Press Inc., 2014, ISBN 978-1-61374-718-6

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!

James C. Finley Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

James C. Finley Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802