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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
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
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
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
Forest Stewardship: Terminology
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Forest Stewardship: Terminology

Allyson Brownlee Muth, Ed.D., James Finley, Ph.D.

Terminology from various disciplines, including ecology, forestry, wildlife, and recreation are defined in this article to aid private landowners in communications with natural resource managers. More
Forest Stewardship: Sources of Information and Guidance for Forest Stewards
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Forest Stewardship: Sources of Information and Guidance for Forest Stewards

Allyson Brownlee Muth, Ed.D., James Finley, Ph.D.

This article describes services offered to private woodland owners by public agencies and private organizations to help forest landowners in PA achieve their management objectives More
Forest Stewardship: Planning Your Forest's Future
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Forest Stewardship: Planning Your Forest's Future

Allyson Brownlee Muth, Ed.D., James Finley, Ph.D.

As a forest landowner, you should have a plan that organizes your personal objectives into a strategy for your woods. This article explains how to create a stewardship plan. More
Forest Stewardship: Our Link to the Past - Our Legacy for the Future
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Forest Stewardship: Our Link to the Past - Our Legacy for the Future

Allyson Brownlee Muth, Ed.D., James Finley, Ph.D.

This article offers an overview of forest stewardship, a way for forest landowners to learn to be better stewards of their land and avoid costly or resource-damaging mistakes. More
Forest Stewardship: Teaching Youth About Forest Stewardship
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Forest Stewardship: Teaching Youth About Forest Stewardship

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

This article is for parents, educators, and other adults who are interested in teaching youth about land management and forest stewardship. More
Tree seedling in forest
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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
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
A river winds through forested mountains covered with autumn colors.
From the Woods: Forest Stewardship - Articles Articles

From the Woods: Forest Stewardship

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

This article explains basic concepts of forest stewardship and wise management of natural resources. 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
Fern-dominated forest understories interfere with forest regeneration and provide poor habitat for wildlife. Photo Credit: David Jackson
Controlling Understory Fern Competition for Regeneration Success - Articles Articles
Dense understories of hay-scented, New York, and bracken fern can interfere with the regeneration of hardwood forests, threatening their sustainability. More
Malting Barley in Pennsylvania
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Malting Barley in Pennsylvania

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Austin Kirt

Demand for locally sourced malted barley, for local craft beer, has led to the development of malt houses in PA and other states in our region. More
Forest Landowners and Natural Gas Development
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Forest Landowners and Natural Gas Development

David R. Jackson, Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D., Scott Weikert, James Finley, Ph.D.

Before signing a lease on your forestland, there are many things to consider to protect your interests. More