Monday, May 5, 2014

Penn State Renewable Natural Resources Extension: May Webinars

Wood Identification webinar offered May 13, 2014
Penn State Extension's Renewable Natural Resources Team provides a monthly webinar series.  The webinars cover topics from wood to water and forestry to wildlife management.  A listing of the may webinars is provided below.  All are free and open to the public.

The Forest Stewardship Webinar Series has been ongoing since 2008.  Each webinar is recorded and archived on the PA Forests Web Seminar Center.  Go to the "Previous Webinars" listing to view recorded webinars in our archives. 

PA Forest Stewardship Webinar: Visual Identification of Wood, Tuesday, May 13, 12 – 1 p.m. EST and 7 – 8 p.m. EST
This webinar will address the visual, or macroscopic, identification of the numerous economically important woods of Pennsylvania. For some species this is easy, for some it is more challenging. Wood characteristics such as color, figure, cross sectional features, and hardness are just for a few of the things that can help distinguish one species from another. This webinar is an introduction to the topic and is geared for landowners, woodworkers, and anyone else interested in learning about identifying wood. Presented by Mike Powell, Senior Research Technologist, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Northeast Woody/Warm-Season Biomass Consortium Webinar: Pennsylvania’s Wood Energy Initiative, Tuesday, May 13, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EST
This session presents the mission and purpose of Pennsylvania’s Wood Energy Initiative which is to establish decentralized, small thermal, and sustainable wood-fueled energy systems for community and economic growth, utilizing several woody biomass feedstocks such as low-value / low-use wood, mill residue, and short rotation woody crops. We’ll go over some of the projects recently installed at schools, a hospital and greenhouse and examine some of the project benefits enjoyed by these thermal energy systems. Presented by Michael Palko, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

PA Urban & Community Forestry Webinar: Ten Best Trees for Wildlife, Tuesday, May 20, 12 – 1 p.m. EST.  Presented by Julianne Schieffer, Penn State Extension.

Water Resources Webinar: Home Garden Irrigation Systems, Wednesday, May 28, 12 – 1 p.m. EST. Presented by Steve Bogash, Penn State Extension.

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