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Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program
Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

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
Good communication between farmers and neighbors can keep relations positive.
Finding the Common Ground: Good Neighbor Relations: Advice and Tips from Farmers - Articles Articles
Land development is bringing residential development into agricultural areas. New residents may have misconceptions about farms, and conflicts can arise between farm and nonfarm neighbors. 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
Many people choose to live in the country because they cherish the peace and quiet, the wide open spaces, and the beauty of nature.
Country Living: A Guide for Homeowners - Articles Articles

Country Living: A Guide for Homeowners

Charles Abdalla, Ph.D., Timothy Kelsey, Ph.D.

This article will help people living in or considering a move to the country understand the basics about how government and community services and utilities work in rural areas in Pennsylvania. More
Finding the Common Ground: Understanding Your Community's Agriculture
Finding the Common Ground: Understanding Your Community's Agriculture - Articles Articles

Finding the Common Ground: Understanding Your Community's Agriculture

Charles Abdalla, Ph.D., Timothy Kelsey, Ph.D.

When you live in the country, a basic understanding of agriculture's contribution to the community is useful. More
Woods in Your Backyard
Woods in Your Backyard - Workshops Workshops
By enhancing or creating natural areas and woodland, landowners can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife, and water quality. This workshop teaches stewardship of small parcels of land. More
Woodland Stewardship: Management Practices for Landowners
Woodland Stewardship: Management Practices for Landowners - Online Courses Online Courses
$119.00
Learn about forest ecosystems, management, and stewardship practices, as well as wildlife, water, tree identification and measurement, and legacy planning. More
Teach for Forests: Forest Education for Teachers and Youth Leaders
Teach for Forests: Forest Education for Teachers and Youth Leaders - Online Courses Online Courses
$119.00
Learn about trees, wildlife, water, and ecology. Learn to teach children and teens with activities and through curriculum recommendations. Earn Act 48 credits. More
Understanding Forests: Education for the General Public
Understanding Forests: Education for the General Public - Online Courses Online Courses
$79.00
Learn practical knowledge and skills about forest trees, wildlife, and water, as well as forest ecology, management, and silviculture. 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
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
Forest Stewardship: Teaching Youth About Forest Stewardship
Forest Stewardship: Teaching Youth About Forest Stewardship - Articles Articles

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
Marcellus shale drilling in progress, Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland County. Credit: Robert Donnan.
Water’s Journey Through the Shale Gas Processes - Articles Articles
Using publicly available information, we attempt to track and quantify current water use through the stages of the gas well development process. 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
Forest Stewardship: Sources of Information and Guidance for Forest Stewards
Forest Stewardship: Sources of Information and Guidance for Forest Stewards - Articles Articles

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: 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
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
Forest Stewardship: Our Link to the Past - Our Legacy for the Future
Forest Stewardship: Our Link to the Past - Our Legacy for the Future - Articles Articles

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: Terminology
Forest Stewardship: Terminology - Articles Articles

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: Planning Your Forest's Future
Forest Stewardship: Planning Your Forest's Future - Articles Articles

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
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
River Basin Approaches to Water Management in the Mid-Atlantic States
River Basin Approaches to Water Management in the Mid-Atlantic States - Articles Articles
Interstate conflict over water resources is growing in the Mid-Atlantic region. As population increases and industries and energy sources shift, water becomes in greater demand. More
Water Withdrawals for Development of Marcellus Shale Gas in Pennsylvania
Water Withdrawals for Development of Marcellus Shale Gas in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
This article is an introduction to Pennsylvania's water resources and the impact of deep well drilling on those resources. More
Forest Landowners and Natural Gas Development
Forest Landowners and Natural Gas Development - Articles Articles

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
Spring Creek running through downtown Bellefonte, PA
Access and Allocation of Water in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Access and Allocation of Water in Pennsylvania

Charles Abdalla, Ph.D., Kristen Saacke Blunk

This article provides an overview of water rights for citizens, farmers, rural business owners, and elected and appointed officials. (This is not a substitute for advice from a qualified lawyer.) More
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