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Working with Plain Sect Growers
Working with Plain Sect Growers - Articles Articles

Working with Plain Sect Growers

Jeffrey Stoltzfus

Learn about the culture and practices of the plain sect community, and take away methods for successfully working with this increasing population of farmers. More
Managing Small Woodlots
Managing Small Woodlots - Articles Articles

Managing Small Woodlots

David R. Jackson, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., 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
Various gourds and squash in bins after harvest. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (cbf.org)
Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) - Articles Articles

Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Jeffrey Stoltzfus, Lee Stivers

Minimizing farm food safety risks are discussed along with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension contacts for information on FSMA food safety inspections and USDA audits. More
Penn State Extension Helps Growers Comply with FSMA Regulations
Penn State Extension Helps Growers Comply with FSMA Regulations - News News
Educators are available to consult with growers on their farm operations at no-cost to the grower and help them to see how close they are to meeting the new regulatory requirements. More
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
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
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
Ephraim by his tomatoes in his storage facility.
On the Road: Sunrise Acres Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: Sunrise Acres Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Jeffrey Stoltzfus, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We visited with Ephraim Zook at his farm in Ephrata, PA. Ephraim has been farming vegetables on 60 acres since 2000. 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
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: 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
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 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
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 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
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
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