Webinar Discusses Shale Gas Development in a Forested Landscape

Posted: August 7, 2017

Research is important to see what role shale gas development has in habitat fragmentation.
Image: Penn State Extension Shale Education Team

Image: Penn State Extension Shale Education Team

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania has 16.9 million acres of forest land that occupies 58 percent of the State’s land area. Large, continuous forest provides critical habitat for some forest-dependent species of wildlife. As shale gas development becomes a common sight in the Commonwealth, research is important to see what role it has in habitat fragmentation.

Doctoral Candidate Lillie A. Langlois, with the Brittingham Lab at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss the role of shale gas infrastructure on wildlife habitat in public and private forest land during this month’s shale webinar series.

Langlois states, "My talk will focus on a case study of the highly forested Lycoming County in the north-central region of Pennsylvania and how development impacts high conservation value forest habitat. I’ll explore the comparison of development on public and private lands to determine whether differences in management practices can minimize surface impacts.” Langlois will also discuss recommendations for future development based on research findings.

Other highlights of the webinar will include a timeline of development in Pennsylvania, the spatial footprint of the shale gas industry, differences in development between public and private land, impact to high conservation value core forest, and methods to minimize impacts of future development

The webinar will be held Thursday, August 17th from 1 to 2 PM ET. While free, registrations for the educational webinars are necessary. All can go to the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events page to register and to find out more information for each upcoming webinar at For more information, contact Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or by email at

Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Upcoming webinars for 2017 include:

  • August 17 Shale Gas Pipelines Drive Habitat Conversion and Fragmentation in Pennsylvania Forests Lillie A. Langlois, PhD Candidate, Brittingham Lab, Pennsylvania State University
  • September 21 Gas, Cracker, Polymers, Pellets - Ethane’s Journey to Plastics 2 to 3 PM Jason Williams, Engineering Research and Industry Interaction Coordinator and Sr. Lecturer in Engineering, PLET, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and Dan Brockett, Penn State Extension Educator
  • October 19 Liquid Natural Gas: Small Scale Commercial Impacts & Opportunities Tim Miller, Engineering Manager, Frontier Natural Resources
  • November 16 TBD with Dr. Terry Engelder, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geosciences, Penn State University
  • December 21 The SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative: A New Regional Approach Don Kiel, Executive Director and Secretary, SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative, Inc.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website (, covering a variety of topics such as liquid natural gas, global gas markets; methane emissions; water use and quality; Marcellus and Utica basins; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.