“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!

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.

Pennsylvania Forestry Association News

January 11, 2019

Winter 2017 updates from PFA

Tree Farm Activities across Pennsylvania

January 11, 2019

Updates on inspections and a recap of summer events.

Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Update

January 11, 2019

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?

The Importance of a Forester

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.

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