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Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program
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Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program

James Finley, Ph.D.

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The Pennsylvania's Forest Stewardship Program is a voluntary program to help forest landowners learn to improve and maintain the ecological health of their land. Private landowners who own between 5 and 1,000 acres of forestland can join the program. More
Forestry with Confidence: A Guide for Woodland Owners
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Forestry with Confidence: A Guide for Woodland Owners

David R. Jackson, Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D., Allyson Brownlee Muth, Ed.D.

This full color publication will assist woodland owners in examining their woodlands. More
Forests are more than just trees; they are an integrated community of plants, animals, soils, and water.
Forest Stewardship Principles for Landowners - Articles Articles
This article explains the benefits of forest stewardships and provides information to forest landowners for developing a forest stewardship plan. More
Best Management Practices for Pennsylvania Forests
Best Management Practices for Pennsylvania Forests - Articles Articles
This publication is a nontechnical guide to forest resource management. Information includes an overview of Pennsylvania forests, guidelines for forest resource management, and relevant regulations. More
Planting trees can speed up the natural succession from field to forest
Forest Landowners Guide to Tree Planting Success - Articles Articles
This article focuses on the values and methods of establishing wooded areas on rural property. More
Regenerating Hardwood Forests: Managing Competing Plants, Deer, and Light
Regenerating Hardwood Forests: Managing Competing Plants, Deer, and Light - Articles Articles
Competing plants, deer, and insufficient light on the forest floor can interfere with regeneration. This article addresses how to manage these issues. More
Photo credit: Todd Hagenbuch
Using Basal Bark Herbicide Applications to Control Understory Tree Species - Articles Articles
When considering basal bark treatments for timber stand improvement and/or forest regeneration establishment projects, it is important to know what species are targeted for treatment. More
Image 1. Dense shade cast by ferns interferes with seedling survival and establishment after germination. Excessive frond litter and root mats can also prevent adequate seedling germination and development.
Herbicides and Forest Vegetation Management - Articles Articles

Herbicides and Forest Vegetation Management

David R. Jackson, James Finley, Ph.D.

This article examines the use of forestry labeled herbicides to manage woodland vegetation, including choosing the right herbicide; application methods; and toxicity. More
A looger secures harvested logs on a truck.
Harvesting Trees - Articles Articles

Harvesting Trees

Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D., James Finley, Ph.D., Robert Hansen

This article explains why we harvest trees, the harvesting process, environmental issues, and aspects of different harvesting techniques. It is part of an educational series for youth. More
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA)
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) - Articles Articles
Hemlock woolly adelgid is a destructive, introduced pest of forest and ornamental hemlock trees. More
Forest Finance 8: To Cut or Not Cut- Deciding When to Harvest Timber
Forest Finance 8: To Cut or Not Cut- Deciding When to Harvest Timber - Articles Articles
This article discusses financial decisions to harvest timber, including how to determine and calculate when to cut timber to maximize financial returns. More
Forest Finance 6: Leasing Your Land for Hunting: Income and More
Forest Finance 6: Leasing Your Land for Hunting: Income and More - Articles Articles
Leasing forest and agricultural land can be a win-win situation for landowners and hunters.This article describes elements of marketing and pricing leases for hunters to use your property. More
Invasive Weeds - Wild Grape
Invasive Weeds - Wild Grape - Articles Articles
Wild grape (Vitis spp.) is a native vine found throughout Pennsylvania. There are various species of wild grape occurring in a variety of habitats. More
Forest Stewardship: Timber Harvesting: An Essential Management Tool
Forest Stewardship: Timber Harvesting: An Essential Management Tool - Articles Articles
This article discusses how you can use harvesting as a management tool to improve your woodlands while also safeguarding against poor harvesting practices. More
From the Woods: Ten Important Hardwoods
From the Woods: Ten Important Hardwoods - Articles Articles

From the Woods: Ten Important Hardwoods

Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D.

This fold out details the ten most important hardwood species in Pennsylvania including oaks, maples, black cherry, and others. More
Tree seedling in forest
Sustainable Forestry - Articles Articles

Sustainable Forestry

Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D., James Finley, Ph.D.

Sustainable forestry is about managing forests to provide wood, clean water, wildlife habitat and beautiful landscapes. More
Forest Stewardship: Earning Income from Your Forestland
Forest Stewardship: Earning Income from Your Forestland - Articles Articles
As a forest landowner, you may wonder whether you could improve you income by putting the land to work. This article covers the basics of business planning, and offers case studies and examples. More
Large trees in forest
Forest Biodiversity: Understanding Biological Health in Our Forests - Articles Articles
This article provides strategies for conserving forest biodiversity, provides a brief overview of species of concern in Pennsylvania, and suggests ways you can conserve biodiversity in your forest. More
Managing Small Woodlots
Managing Small Woodlots - Articles Articles

Managing Small Woodlots

Lynn Kime, James Finley, Ph.D.

Woodlot owners can improve your woods for the future or cause damage from which it might not recover for generations. More