Forest Tax and Financial Planning: The Key to a Successful Investment

October 16, 2020

This webinar discusses the importance of tax, financial, and other economic factors in making wise forest management decisions.

The Power of Birds: A Multi Scale Approach to Managing Forests for Birds, Other Wildlife, and Sustainability

September 15, 2020

This webinar will discuss the unique “power” of birds as barometers of forest health and in driving landscape-scale forest management through their complex breeding cycles and high mobility.

Endangered Species Act and Market Opportunities

September 15, 2020

This webinar will discuss the causes of species depletion and the role of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on species recovery.

The Sustainable Timber Harvest

September 14, 2020

This presentation provides an overview of timber sustainability as it relates to harvesting.

Is It Time To Harvest Your Timber? How Do You Know?

September 14, 2020

There are many factors you should consider when deciding if your timber is ready to harvest.

Public Attitudes Toward Timber Harvesting on Private Lands in PA

March 12, 2020

This webinar will discuss how timber harvesting can improve stand health, what assistance programs are out there, and who is harvesting timber in PA.

Support for Prescribed Fire on Private Lands in PA

February 12, 2020

This webinar will discuss how prescribed fire can be used as a management tool and the laws regarding it in PA.

Let's Talk About The Woods

January 15, 2020

This webinar will cover topics such as forests and forestry for the public, teachers, and forest landowners.

Getting Started in Maple Syrup Production

December 13, 2019

This webinar will provide basic information needed to get started in producing maple syrup.

Early Detection Rapid Response Protocols for Invasive Plant Infestations

November 14, 2019

This webinar will describe efforts to establish Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) protocols across State Forest lands for high priority invasive plant species.

Ticks in PA

October 10, 2019

This webinar will discuss common ticks and tick-borne diseases that occur in Pennsylvania and the Northeast.

The Importance of Forests to Water Resources

September 11, 2019

This presentation will discuss concepts of “forest hydrology” which is defined as the movement of water within forested watersheds.

Finding Markets for Goods from the Woods

June 18, 2019

This webinar highlights several existing small businesses which sell forest-grown and harvested goods.

Crop Tree Management at Perkey Tree Farm

May 15, 2019

Insights and knowledge following nearly 3 decades of crop tree management research and practical application

Prescribed Fire in Natural Resources Management

April 10, 2019

Fire has played a significant role in shaping many North American ecosystems and prescribed burning is being more widely used to meet various land management objectives

Progressive Forestry in Pennsylvania Hardwoods

March 15, 2019

Using Expanding Gaps and Low-Intensity/High-Frequency Thinnings to Create Vibrant, Resilient Forests

Hawk Talk: Hoo’s in your Backyard?

February 25, 2019

Many Hawks and Owls live secret lives in the forests of Pennsylvania.

Timber Harvesting on Private Lands: What does the public think?

January 9, 2019

This webinar covered trends in public knowledge and attitudes towards timber harvesting on private lands in the United States.

Residential Wood Heat

November 8, 2018

Wood is the fastest growing residential heat fuel in the United States and accounts for 75% of the residential renewable energy produced.

Invasive Forest Insects

October 10, 2018

Updates on emerald ash borer and other established pests, as well as the spotted lanternfly

Hosting a Woods Walk: Best Practices for an Outstanding Education Event

September 12, 2018

Ever wanted to host a woods walk, but just aren’t sure what it would entail?

Truths and Myths about Chronic Wasting Disease

June 13, 2018

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was initially discovered in mule deer in Colorado 50 years ago but was detected in Pennsylvania in 2012 in wild and captive white-tailed deer.

Woodland Enterprise Development

May 9, 2018

Removing invasive plants, promoting regeneration, and other practices top the needed activities for improving woodland health and function.

Fish Health Starts on Land

April 11, 2018

Unlike fish that inhabit larger waterways, many threats to stream fish can be traced back to improper management of land adjacent to the stream corridor.

Restoration of Degraded Forests

March 14, 2018

Degraded woodlots often contain small diameter, poor quality, and often unhealthy trees.

Heard in the Woods: Learning from What Landowners Have to Say

February 14, 2018

This interactive webinar explored some of the common perceptions (both true and false) held by Pennsylvania's private forest landowners. Recordings of both sessions are posted.

Forest Management Responses to Invasive Insects

January 10, 2018

Mortality from many invasive insects including emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid are impacting the long-term development and management of forests across the northeast.

Threatened and endangered species and the private landowner

December 13, 2017

What Private Landowners and those who work with them need to know

Two-pronged Approach to Deer Management

November 15, 2017

Extended deer seasons and increased antlerless licenses are often to blame as the sole reason for hunters seeing fewer deer. However, in many cases poor habitat is a limiting factor.

Maple Syrup: A Beginner’s Experience

October 16, 2017

This webinar describes the basics of making maple syrup using experience from a beginner’s first attempt.

Trees for Trout: Opportunities for Installing Streamside Forest Buffers

September 13, 2017

Streamside forest buffers stabilize streambanks, reduce erosion, restore natural flow patterns to waterways, provide wildlife habitat (including pollinators), as well as provide opportunities for income.

Assessing and Promoting Successful Regeneration in Your Woodland

June 14, 2017

Lack of adequate tree regeneration is one of the top concerns in many woodlands in Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast.

Mentoring Wild Kids

May 10, 2017

The need to develop youth that understand and care about forests and the natural world has never been greater.

Forest Fermentables

April 12, 2017

More and more people are starting to experiment with making wine at home.

Creating Age Diversity in Forests

March 16, 2017

Forests with different age classes of trees, called “uneven-aged” forests provide a number of different ecosystem values than single-aged forests.

Managing Single-Aged Forest

February 21, 2017

Learn how to manage single-aged forest forests through all stages of development, from early and intermediate treatments to improve stand conditions to final harvests to creating new forests through regeneration.

Planning and Developing Access to Your Property: Forest Roads and Trails

January 11, 2017

Developing access to your woodland increases opportunities for its use.

Golden-Winged Warbler: Creating Early Successional Habitat on Wooded Sites

December 13, 2016

The golden-winged warbler has undergone significant population declines in Pennsylvania due to the loss of early successional forest habitat.

Legal Strategies for Legacy Planning

November 9, 2016

Many woodland owners recognize that planning for their land’s future after their ownership is an important expression of their stewardship ethic.

So Many Weeds, So Little Time: A Prioritization Tool for Invasive Species Management

October 13, 2016

This presentation addresses how prioritization is an implementation of IPM, as it requires clarity of objective, setting thresholds, identifying available resources, assigning the proper prescription, and monitoring results.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Female Deer

September 14, 2016

Find out about doe strategies during the breeding season and how population density affects the dispersal of yearling females.

Women in the Woods

June 15, 2016

In Pennsylvania, about a third of the woodland owners are women who make decisions for about 19% of the state’s private forest land.

Forestry Herbicides: A Review of Principles and Recent Research

May 11, 2016

Forestry labeled herbicides are a low risk and effective means of controlling undesirable forest vegetation in hardwood forestry.

Successful Timber Harvests

April 13, 2016

This webinar explains what it takes to have a successful timber sale.

Forest Farming - Goods from the Woods

March 10, 2016

This webinar provides an overview of how to incorporate forest farming with other forest stewardship goals.

Native plants and providing habitat for wildlife

February 10, 2016

Native plants are often already on our local landscapes, but management can be critical to their maintenance as well as the general habitats in which they occur.

Invasive Species Management: Picking Battles Large Enough to Matter and Small Enough to Win

January 12, 2016

It is a safe bet that every parcel of privately owned forest land in Pennsylvania has multiple invasive species. With these invasive species posing more problems than can possibly all be solved at once, how can landowners decide when and how to act?

Top Issues Faced by Woodland Owners

December 11, 2015

Hopefully your woodlands bring levels of satisfaction and enjoyment to life; however, you likely have questions, issues, challenges, and uncertainties associated with your land.

Teaching Youth about Forests

November 10, 2015

Do you want to encourage and inspire youth to love the woods?

Tracking Movements of White-tailed Deer in Pennsylvania Forests

October 13, 2015

Each year up to 80 deer are fitted with satellite GPS collars that collect thousands of locations a year. Dr. Duane Diefenbach shares some insights into deer movement behavior as it relates to the fall hunting seasons and the rut.

Vernal Pools

September 8, 2015

Learn about vernal pool structure, wildlife species that use the pools, conserving vernal pools and where to find help in caring for them.

Assessing Your Forest: TUSAF

June 9, 2015

The Treatment Unit Sustainability Assessment Form (TUSAF) provides a tool to assess whether a planned or completed timber harvest will yield a sustainable outcome.

Shale Gas Development and Landscape Changes

May 12, 2015

Bird abundance and distribution as impacted by shale gas development, and strategies for reducing negative impacts through habitat restoration.

Forest Soils

April 14, 2015

Fundamentals of forest soils and how they impact tree growth and forest health.

Remediation and Stabilization Strategies for Disturbed Forest Sites

March 10, 2015

Understanding the physical dynamics of sites and restoring desired vegetation on disturbed forest sites by having a plan of action and knowing where to get help.

White-tailed Deer: Pennsylvania's Keystone Species

February 10, 2015

White-tailed deer biology, habitat requirements for food, cover, water and space, and management practices to improve food and cover availability and balance deer populations with available habitat.

Forestry Terminology: Jargon or Jive?

January 13, 2015

The rich language of forestry – forestry terms and unique words.

Legacy Planning: Where to Get Help

December 9, 2014

Planning a woodland legacy involves considering many factors from making a plan to knowing how and where to find the help you will need.

Timber Taxation

November 11, 2014

Income, estate and the property taxes all apply to forestland: tax incentives, tax tips to save money, and tax planning as a component of forest management.

Making the Grade: Trees to Lumber

October 14, 2014

The relationship between lumber grades, log grades and tree grades with respect to estimating the quality and quantity of lumber one may expect to recover from the board, log, or tree, respectively.

Asian Longhorned Beetle: Raising Awareness of Forest Pests

September 9, 2014

Asian longhorned beetle has been found in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio. Become more aware of this threat and get more eyes on the forest to watch for its presence.

More Income from Your Property: Evaluating and Choosing a Natural Resource-Based Enterprise

June 10, 2014

Each year, woodland owners start new enterprises to make the most of their land. This webinar leads potential business owners through an evaluation process to launch a successful natural resource-based business.

Visual Identification of Wood

May 13, 2014

An introduction to visual, or macroscopic, wood identification and includes characteristics such as color, figure, cross-section, and hardness features.

Concepts of Forest Declines

April 8, 2014

Understanding the role of tree and forest decline events in a changing world of weather extremes and introduction of exotic pests and disease agents, particularly beech bark disease, butternut canker and myriad others.

Attracting Wildlife with “Weeds”

March 11, 2014

Many of our ecologically important native plants are perceived as weeds when in actuality they are beneficial to wildlife and useful for creating wildlife habitat in your backyard.

Wildland Fire and Fire Prevention

February 11, 2014

When and how wildfires start, how fires are put out, and the influence of weather and season of the year on wildfires, and the use of prescribed fire and controlled burning as a tool.

The Last Bats in Pennsylvania: Bat Ecology and White-Nose Syndrome

January 14, 2014

The ecology of Pennsylvania’s only flying mammals and how the recent outbreak of white-nose syndrome has affected their populations.

Utilizing Consumer-Grade GPS Technology on Your Private Forestlands

December 10, 2013

A Consumer-Grade GPS receiver paired with free software is a powerful solution that empowers a landowner to map, delineate, archive, analyze and navigate their forest.

Penn State's Arboretum

November 12, 2013

The Arboretum at Penn State is a new outreach, teaching, and research facility dedicated to preserving the beauty and ecological functions of vegetated landscapes in an urbanizing society.

Chainsaw Safety

October 8, 2013

Safe operation of chainsaws in the woods, why chainsaws are dangerous, and how operators can protect themselves.

Woodland Legacy Planning

September 10, 2013

The importance of legacy planning, an overview of the tools available to aid in getting the conversation started, and what resources are available to make hopes concrete.

Farm Tractor Safety in Woods and Woodlots

June 11, 2013

Hazards and risks of using farm tractors in woods: roll over and falling object protective structures, safely pulling limbs, tractor stability, related machinery hazards, and woodlot emergencies.

Controlling Invasive Plants in Small Woodlots

May 14, 2013

Impacts of invasive plants and the characteristics which make them so successful, control approaches, including herbicides, and a discussion of their use.

Invasive Plants in Your Backyard

April 9, 2013

How to identify common non-native invasive plants that may be impacting your woods and what you may be able to do about these invasives.

Hiring a Forester

March 13, 2013

Selecting the "right" resource management professional: articulate how land is used, values, and what is of short- and long-term importance.

Tree and Log Quality

February 12, 2013

What makes a high quality tree or log? What are the characteristics in trees and logs that make high quality products?

Charcoal Making Then and Now

January 8, 2013

Charcoal making played an important role in the history of Penn’s Woods. Moreover, charcoal making has a promising future for those with an interest in utilizing or poor quality wood.

Woods in Service

December 11, 2012

"Penn's Woods" have provided folks with jobs and products for more than three centuries. What is the history of wood in Pennsylvania and where is the industry likely to go in the future?

An In-Depth Look at Pennsylvania's Deer Management Program

November 13, 2012

An in-depth look at how Pennsylvania’s deer management program works: the establishment of goals and measures used to assess progress.

Reading the Forested Landscape

October 9, 2012

Reading the Forested Landscape brings together an understanding of ecology with the sometimes subtle, observed hints from the land, to help you create a story of change.

Woodlot Management Opportunities

September 11, 2012

An introduction to woodlot management and will show how numerous practices for both forestry and wildlife can be implemented on your property.

Management Strategies for Eastern Forests Threatened by Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

June 12, 2012

The biological and management issues associated with hemlock woolly adelgid invasion in hemlock forests.

Low Tech Options for Growing Oak

May 8, 2012

The basic silvics of oaks, inventory procedures, oak maintenance techniques, and methods of regenerating oaks via direct seeding and planting.

Early Successional Wildlife Habitat

April 10, 2012

The advantages and needs of Early Successional Habitat (ESH)–the old field scrub /shrub and that created through timber management and the role ESH plays in the landscape.

Regenerating a High-Graded Stand

March 13, 2012

Unfortunately, many woodlots have been poorly treated at one time or another in the past. How does a landowner start a poorly-treated woods down the path to recover?

Emerald Ash Borer: Description, Lessons Learned, & Management Strategies

February 14, 2012

What is emerald ash borer and what are forest management strategies to decrease its negative impact on forest stands?

Wild Turkey

January 10, 2012

Wild turkey biology and habitat management: a turkey's life cycle from egg-stage to adulthood, how habitat requirements vary with the seasons, and management strategies to create habitat.

Small-Scale Logging

December 13, 2011

Covers small-scale strategies for working in your woodlot, including selecting, felling, and moving the wood safely and efficiently.

Forest Management Plans

November 8, 2011

The forest management plan provides an overview of a woodland property in the context of a landowner’s goals and is written by a natural resources professional.

Bats and Your Forest

October 11, 2011

Bat diversity and the many surprising and interesting features of bats, with a focus on North American bats and their relationship to forested habitats.

Landowner Guide to Tree Planting Success

September 13, 2011

The steps to take to make the most of your tree planting project, including getting the right trees in the right place and increasing the odds for their growth and survival.

Backyard Forestry

June 14, 2011

Ideas and approaches for caring for a small or even a large piece of property to have less maintenance, better views, and diverse plants and wildlife.

Conserving Working Forests

May 10, 2011

Tools forest landowners can use to help ensure forestland remains a working forest, even after it leaves your ownership.

Common Wildflowers of Pennsylvania Forestlands

April 12, 2011

Learn about some of the more common, showy, and/or interesting wildflowers of the springtime PA woodlands that may be encountered during the “ephemeral” season.

Forest Insects Update

March 8, 2011

Economically important insects and diseases being encountered in Pennsylvania’s woodlands and the various treatments available to mitigate their effects.

Amphibians and Reptiles in Your Woods

February 8, 2011

Amphibians and reptiles are important components of a healthy woodlot. Learn how to enhance your property for these wildlife.

Herbicides and Forest Vegetation Management

January 11, 2011

Forestry herbicides are a safe and effective method for managing undesirable forest vegetation: forestry herbicide application methods, products, and treatments guidelines

Grouse and Woodcock

December 14, 2010

The annual life cycle and ecology of ruffed grouse and American woodcock, how to manage for their habitat needs, and the effects of hunting on their populations.

Forest Access Road BMPs for Forest Landowners

November 9, 2010

Forest access roads require proper planning to ensure a long, useful life with minimal negative impact. Learn how to design, construct, mitigate, and retire forest roads.

Acquiring Property Maps, Boundaries and Attributes Using GIS and GPS

October 12, 2010

Quick digital acquisition of private property attributes is becoming more accessible. A landowner can investigate their property and its attributes from baseline data searches.

Restoring American Chestnut

September 14, 2010

From the prior dominance of American chestnut to current efforts to restore the species, we will follow Castanea dentata over its history in North America.

Cultivating Forest Stewardship in Youth

June 8, 2010

How forest landowners can reach out and teach youth, their own and others, about caring for the forests they will use and possibly own in the future.

Pennsylvania's Migrant Songbirds

May 11, 2010

Every spring forests come alive with the sounds and sights of migrant birds returning to breed: covers the basics of ID, information on life history, and identification.

Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania

April 13, 2010

This presentation covers the history, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, vector ecology, management tactics, and a brief review of some of the latest research findings on Lyme disease.

Deer Habitat Management

March 9, 2010

Techniques that landowners and managers can utilize to attain a white-tailed deer herd that is in balance with the forest habitat.

Regenerating Hardwood Forests

February 9, 2010

Competing plants, deer browse, and insufficient light interfere with tree seedling establishment and growth. Learn about key practices used to successfully establish hardwood forest regeneration.

Beginning Maple Syrup Production

January 12, 2010

The process of making maple syrup on a small scale, from selecting trees to managing your sugar bush, and what to think about if you want to get bigger and turn it into a business.

Managing Community Natural Resources

December 8, 2009

This talk focuses on a number of issues and opportunities surrounding the planning and management of community natural resources.

Forest Management and Regeneration

November 10, 2009

Shifting focus to what remains after a harvest and the next forest, and undertaking activities to enhance both, allows landowners to focus their goals on a sustainable forest resource.

Protecting Water Resources on Your Property

October 13, 2009

This session explores water resources on rural properties and provides tips on how to properly assess and manage them to meet the landowners' needs.

Improving Your Woodlot by Cutting Firewood

September 8, 2009

Firewood cutting allows landowners to focus on providing growing space for the trees you leave and consider future management options.

American Ginseng Forest Farming

August 26, 2009

Establishing or "farming" American ginseng on Pennsylvania forestlands is a fascinating and potentially profitable activity that can contribute to both plant and forestland conservation.

Summer Tree ID Made Easy

July 22, 2009

This session presents the basic types of leaves, their characteristics, and how to use a "tree key" for identification.

Invasive Plants in Your Forest

June 9, 2009

This program introduces you to some of the common exotic invasive plants that occur on Pennsylvania forestlands.

Succession Planning for Forest Landowners

May 12, 2009

Succession planning addresses both transfer costs and naming a capable successor and offers an inter-generational perspective to do so effectively.

Invasive Insects in Your Forest

April 14, 2009

This session explores the most troublesome exotic insects causing damage in Penn's Woods and control options available.

Wildlife Habitat on Your Property

March 10, 2009

Forest landowners often enjoy creating wildlife habitat on their properties. Learn how to do so while preventing wildlife/human conflicts and protecting lands for the future.

Timber Sales and Marketing

February 10, 2009

This seminar covers the recommended steps owners should take in order to have a successful timber sale.

Harvesting Practices

January 13, 2009

This presentation highlights the planning, the options, and the emphasis on the next forest that must be worked through before equipment is allowed on the property.

Gas Leasing: What Happens on the Land

December 9, 2008

Once deep well-drilling leases are signed, what happens next on the land?

Timber Taxation

November 11, 2008

Provides basic information on timber taxes for forest landowners, their financial advisors, and accountants.

Pennsylvania's Private Forest Landowners

October 14, 2008

Issues facing Pennsylvania's private forest landowners based on a statewide survey.

Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802