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Ginseng fruit. Photo by Eric Burkhart
History and Cultivation of Ginseng - Articles Articles

History and Cultivation of Ginseng

Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., Eric Burkhart

Learn the types of ginseng and how to to harvest legally in the state of Pennsylvania. More
From the Woods: Incredible Wood
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From the Woods: Incredible Wood

Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D., Lee Stover

Wood is a natural and versatile material. This four-page, full-color publication explores the wide variety of wood products and uses for wood. More
Tubing System Installation
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Tubing System Installation

Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.

Upgrading your sap collection method with the installation of a tubing system. More
A Primer on Woody Biomass Energy for the Forest Community
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A Primer on Woody Biomass Energy for the Forest Community

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E., Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.

This article discusses some of the issues of using woody biomass as an energy source with respect to those in the forestry business such as timber harvesters and forest managers. More
Ginseng in fruit. Credits: Eric Burkhart
American Ginseng - Articles Articles

American Ginseng

Eric Burkhart, Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.

Nontimber forest products, including American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.), have long been collected in Pennsylvania for food, medicine, income, and pleasure. More
Big logs, small logs...which is better?
The Truth about Sawmill Over-Run - Articles Articles

The Truth about Sawmill Over-Run

Charles David Ray, Ph.D.

The sawmill industry today faces many challenges but there seemingly will always be demand for softwood and hardwood lumber. More
Hardwood veneer sheets
From the Woods: Hardwood Veneer - Articles Articles

From the Woods: Hardwood Veneer

Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D., Robert Hansen, Lee Stover

Hardwood veneer is a very thin layer of wood sliced or peeled from a hardwood log and is made from the "highest quality" logs. More
Maple Syrup: New Producers and Hobbyists
Maple Syrup: New Producers and Hobbyists - Articles Articles

Maple Syrup: New Producers and Hobbyists

Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.

A chance for first time sugarer to learn the basics. More
Maple Syrup: Beginning Commercial Production
Maple Syrup: Beginning Commercial Production - Articles Articles
If you have spent a year or two as a hobbyist and decide you like sugaring, this page will allow you to "scale up" you operation to small-scale commercial. More
Maple Syrup Production for the Beginner
Maple Syrup Production for the Beginner - Articles Articles
Maple syrup is among the oldest natural food products produced in North America. Folklore credits the Native Americans with the discovery of this flavorful natural sweetener. More
Forest Finance 5: Opportunities from Ginseng Husbandry in Pennsylvania
Forest Finance 5: Opportunities from Ginseng Husbandry in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
This article provides information on ginseng as a native forest resource, ginseng culture on Pennsylvania forest lands, and marketing and legal considerations. More
Sugar maple sap is made into maple syrup in a sugarhouse.
From the Woods: Maple Syrup, A Taste of Nature - Articles Articles
This article explains how Pennsylvania's maple syrup makers create their product, from the seed of the maple to your table. More
Girl stands in front of huge pile of cut logs
From the Woods: Hardwood Lumber - Articles Articles

From the Woods: Hardwood Lumber

Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D.

This article explains the difference between hardwoods and softwoods, covers the process of making lumber. It is part of an educational series for youth. More
Girl in forest throws paper airplane
From the Woods: Paper! - Articles Articles

From the Woods: Paper!

Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D., James Finley, Ph.D., Lee Stover

Why is paper important? This article explores the history of paper and how it is made today. It is part of an educational series for youth. More
Survival of the Fittest in the Wood Products Industry
Survival of the Fittest in the Wood Products Industry - Articles Articles
The reality is that the wood products industry is getting smaller. This article provides advice on how to remain a viable company. More
Photo by Aleksandar Radovanovic
Forest Products - Articles Articles
Forest products may include lumber and its byproducts, medicinal plants, maple syrup, and mushrooms just to name a few. More
Maple Syrup Production
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Maple Syrup Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Robert Hansen

The production of maple syrup requires access to suitable woodland and many hours of labor within a short season. More
Can Cutting Your “Junk Trees” Power Your City and Improve Your Forest?
Can Cutting Your “Junk Trees” Power Your City and Improve Your Forest? - Articles Articles
How managing low-use wood for bioenergy can incentivize sustainable forest management. More
Calculating the Green Weight of Wood Species
Calculating the Green Weight of Wood Species - Articles Articles
How much does wood weigh? The question is simple enough for dry wood, but more difficult to when freshly cut. More