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September 15, 2014

Family-owned forests absorb a lot of carbon; they must be protected and well-managed. This letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was written by Susan Benedict, a Pennsylvania Forest Landowner.

September 15, 2014

Agriculture Secretary George Greig is encouraging Pennsylvanians to protect the commonwealth tree population by spotting, collecting and submitting suspected Asian longhorned beetles to experts.

Figure 1: Pennsylvania private forests by percent private forest land owners and private forest land in 2010. The inset depicts number of owners, average ownership size, and percent of private forests held in parcels of less than 20 acres in size.
September 15, 2014

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." - Nelson Henderson

September 15, 2014

We need to celebrate trees and conserve the working forest. They are essential to us and our overall well-being. To celebrate them more fully, we wanted to help expand your knowledge of just what trees do, how they do it, and how they grow and thrive as they help us out.

September 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.

Ramorum blight symptoms on Rhododendron. Photo by Joseph O'Brien, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
September 15, 2014

Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen involved with Ramorum Blight/Sudden Oak Death was detected at a nursery in Oregon that ships plants to Pennsylvania.

August 18, 2014

What is the El Nino phenomenon and what impacts might it have on our northeastern weather and forests?

August 15, 2014

Brushpiles is the opinion page of Forest Leaves. It’s a place for you to write in and share your reactions and thoughts about recent articles in the newsletter. This Tree of Heaven piece was written by Laura Jackson in response to Bill Paxton's recent Tree of Heaven article.

August 15, 2014

The cool, wet weather of spring 2013 has emerged as a strong ally of state woodland managers as they prepare to combat remnants of a statewide gypsy moth population that had been posed for a heavy outbreak across much of the state, DCNR officials said last week.

August 15, 2014

The Center for Private Forests at Penn State and its partners are excited to announce the keynote speakers for the 2015 Private Forest Landowner Conference, March 20-21 at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona.

August 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.

July 7, 2014

Feral swine are starting to make their presence known in the forests of Pennsylvania.

July 7, 2014

An update from the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee

July 7, 2014

An summer update from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association

July 7, 2014

A review of "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis."

July 7, 2014

Forest landowners tend to be an active group. How safe are we in the woods, at home, and with our health in general?

Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica) Drawing by William Paxton, 2014
July 7, 2014

Learn about black gum and other tupelo trees.

July 7, 2014

Brushpiles is the opinion page of Forest Leaves. It’s a place for you to write in and share your reactions and thoughts about recent articles in the newsletter. This Tree of Heaven piece was written by Bill Paxton in response to his concerns about efforts to eradicate Tree of Heaven.

June 17, 2014

Careful stewardship of woodlands and forests is an involved task, especially if you strive to build resistance and resilience into your management goals and to be prepared to respond to change. The ten strategies offered in "Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers" are logical and provide a solid foundation for developing short- and long-term plans for caring for your woodlands and the values you attribute to the land.

June 17, 2014

In forestry education and outreach we need to make explicit that caring for your land to promote resilience requires active management, or manipulation, of the woods.