What can you do to increase the health of the trees and woodlands that give so much to you? You might consider the 3-Rs that underpin helping to improve the vigor and health of wooded landscapes: Resistance, Resilience, and Response.
Forest stewardship is wisely caring for and using forest resources to ensure their health and productivity for years to come. Stewardship challenges us to look beyond our immediate personal needs so we can leave a lasting forest legacy for future generations. From a forest landowner study undertaken by researchers in Penn State’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in 2010, we learned about Pennsylvania woodland owner’s future plans.
As reported in the recent USDA Forest Service forest inventory publication, trees and forests still dominate Pennsylvania’s landscape, but there are changes: total forestland is holding stable, but land being converted is going more and more to unrecoverable uses; invasive pests, diseases, and plants are significant threats; and adequate forest regeneration to establish the next generation of trees is absent on many sites.
Are you a keen observer and inquisitive about things outdoors? Maybe you should become a citizen science supporter. More and more scientists are benefiting from data provided by people who take the time to share their observations through various websites.
Penn's Woods are under threat from myriad invasive pests and diseases. Learn about two more - the Asian longhorned beetle and the Thousand Cankers Disease complex - and how you can help keep watch.
Multiflora rose is an invasive species, but it is now under attack from a virus.
How do you demonstrate your love of the forest?
Springtime woods are a celebration of change, emergence, and discovery.
Celebrate your connection to your forestland. Learn more about your woods and how to ensure your land ethic is reflected in the trees.
Registration is now open for the May 10 and 11 2013 Private Forest Landowner Conference: the Future of Penn's Woods. We hope you will come join us!
The American Forest Foundation (AFF) has a good summary of the income and estate tax and Farm Bill related cost share program implications.
Ever wondered why some deciduous trees hold on to their leaves through the winter and others go bare? Learn about marcescent leaves and why they might just help a tree out...
White nose syndrome is killing our bats. The bats use forested areas in the summer months. So of the species are listed as endangered species we talking about potential limits to logging activity from April to November.
Forest area increased 1% since 2006 but issues loom on the horizon.
With the long growing cycle of Pennsylvania's forests, many landowners work to make improvements, the benefit of which they will never see. Yet, forest stewardship must involve consideration for those who will come after
As president of the Association for Temperate Agroforestry I has the opportunity to attend the 1st European Agroforestry Conference in October. Here is a summary I wrote about that meeting.
The 2013 Private Forest Landowners Conference will take place on May 10-11, at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona. Join us for a conference dedicated to all who love and live in Pennsylvania's private forests!
A little more information is available, but will the courts get involved to clarify rules?
Locust leafminer and fall webworm are active in Pennsylvania's forests. What do these insects' activities mean to the trees they impact?
Forest landowners in PA will not have to pay PA inheritance tax if their land passes to heirs