Thursday, May 29, 2008

$2 Million Committed for PSU Silvicultural Research

Penn State alumnus and pioneer forester Joseph E. Ibberson has committed $2 million to endow a new faculty chair in the School of Forest Resources, part of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Ibberson, of Harrisburg, is a 1947 Penn State graduate in forestry and retired chief of the division of forest advisory services of Pennsylvania's Department of Forests and Waters. The gift will create the Joseph E. Ibberson Chair in Silviculture Research for Pennsylvania, which will focus on the challenges of forest management under changing conditions and the evolving needs of society. "I consider this chair an investment that will help protect and improve our state's forest resources," said Ibberson. "But I also hope to inspire others to be philanthropic in areas that are of the most interest to them."

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You can also find out more about Mr. Ibberson by reading his biography: A Forester's Legacy, The Life of Joseph E. Ibberson; Forester, Tree Farmer, Philanthropist. You can find the book for sale on
Mr. Ibberson has also donated a 350 acre parcel of ground in Dauphin County the DCNR Bureau of State Parks as a "Conservation Area." To find out more about the Joseph E. Ibberson Conservation Area go to:

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