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December 17, 2014

Consider how winter snow fits into our annual water cycle. Snow is really important to groundwater recharge. Don't grumble about the white stuff falling any more!

December 15, 2014

How many have ever dreamed of establishing a forest where once there was pasture or a woodland where crops once grew? Imagine a healthy, diverse forest, a forest resistant to insects and diseases, a wooded area that will contribute to your property for generations to come.

December 15, 2014

The Junior Forest Stewards Program is morphing into the Future Forest Steward Program, to launch mid-2015.

December 15, 2014

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.

November 19, 2014

In the next month or so, many families will come together; it is a tradition. As your family gathers, let the winter woods pull you outside; they are amazing and magical places that many folks do not know that well.

November 14, 2014

In Pennsylvania, as along the entire eastern seaboard, forests have been expanding. But eastern forests are also in trouble, showing signs of stress. Scientists are at odds over how to help them. Nancy Baker, a Pennsylvania forest landowner and PA Forest Steward volunteer, worries over how her woods are going to be affected by climate change. She’s decided to be proactive about it. StateImpact PA’s Susan Phillips shares this story.

November 14, 2014

Trees have wood. They’re tall, long-lived, woody plants. So what makes wood special and how do trees make it? That’s the wonder of it all.

November 14, 2014

Tax laws on timber transactions are very specialized knowledge that are not commonly known. Yet they are important to timber owners in terms of the ongoing cost of owning and managing timber, forest stewardship and compliance to the tax law. This bulletin reviews the major federal income tax laws to help forest owners in filing their 2014 income tax returns. The information presented here is current as of September 30, 2014.

November 14, 2014

Following the detection of Thousand Cankers Disease in Lancaster County, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today enacted a quarantine, effective immediately, restricting the movement of wood and wood products.

November 14, 2014

On Sept. 22, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, confirmed the presence the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, (WHITE)) in Berks County, as part of its responsibility to identify plants/weeds, insects and mites, nematodes, fungi, bacteria and viruses that impact Pennsylvania’s natural resources, flora and economy. On Nov. 1, 2014, the Commonwealth announced a quarantine with the intent to restrict the movement of this pest. This is the first detection of Spotted Lanternfly in the United States.

November 14, 2014

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.

Rhus typhina by William C. Paxton, 2014
October 15, 2014

Learn more about the members of the Sumac genus.

October 15, 2014

The Center for Private Forests at Penn State was created in 2011 to help forest landowners understand and sustain the natural resources in their care.

October 15, 2014

Through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s “Private Land Owner Assistance Program,” Regional Wildlife Diversity (RWD) Biologists provide free assistance to help landowners better manage their property for wildlife diversity.

October 15, 2014

An update from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association.

October 15, 2014

An update from the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee.

October 15, 2014

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.

October 10, 2014

If you want to grow oak seedlings, now is the time to collect seed before the birds, squirrels, insects, and deer get them all.

September 26, 2014

Fall is a great time to be afield, there is so much to study and observe. Take a walk, take a flower book along, and learn some new species.