Let the Buyer Beware
December 5, 2013
I spent an interesting day Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. But not doing what I had planned...
We had a couple of guests over for Thanksgiving dinner, a Penn State sophomore far from his home in Nebraska, and a doctoral student even further from his home in India. It was a nice meal, everyone was cordial, and all were stuffed by sunset. However, as we lingered at the table over conversation,
Great Designs in Wood (50) - Monticello
November 27, 2013
Last week, on the way back from Fort Stewart, I made a detour to a place I've always wanted to visit...that place on the back of the nickel. Otherwise known as Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.
Even though the place is much smaller than I expected, I wasn't disappointed in the least. In fact, the dimensions of the property and the home made it feel somehow much more real, and in doing
Pennsylvania Private Forest Landowners and Future Plans
November 26, 2013
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.
Royalty of the Southern Forest
November 15, 2013
I've already told you about my favorite deciduous tree, Platanus occidentalis, the distinctive American sycamore. It seems to grow everywhere in the country, and with little effort. Just about everyone who cares about trees can identify the mottled bark of a sycamore tree, and that's part of its charm.
Grassy stage longleaf pine.
More Progress on Pellets
November 12, 2013
Last month, I shared a report with you on a study that looked at the potential for conversion of oil and coal boilers to wood. The bottom line: that potential conversion projects vary by state, and that the more populous states have far more potential for reductions in fossil fuel consumption for heating - but that rural areas will probably continue to lead the way in adoption.
The second part