Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Penn State Renewable Natural Resources Extension April 2015 Webinars

View from Loyalsock State Forest Old Logging Path

Below is the listing of the Penn State Renewable Natural Resources Extension Team’s April webinars.  Please be sure to share this with others who might be interested.

Penn State Extension Green Infrastructure Webinar Series: Penn State Center’s Stormwater Mitigation Initiatives in Pittsburgh, April 13, 2015, 12 p.m. ET. Presented by Lisa Kunst Vavro, Sustainable Environments Manager, The Penn State Center in Pittsburgh.

PA Forest Stewardship Webinar: Forest Soils, April 14, 2015, noon and 7 p.m. ET.
This webinar will present some fundamentals of forest soils and how they impact tree growth and forest health. Topics include: site index, soil texture, soil moisture, erosion, and harvesting impacts on soils. In addition, the use of on-line soil surveys will be explored. Presented by Rick Stehouwer, Professor of Environmental Soil Science, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Approved for 1 credit hour Pennsylvania SFI® CE. Approved for 1.0 Society of American Foresters CFE credit, Category 1-CF.

Northeast Woody/Warm-Season Biomass Consortium Webinar: Potential Economic Impact of Renewable Fuels and Sustainable Biomass Feedstock in Pennsylvania, April 14, 1 p.m. ET.
There has been much interest in using renewable fuels and sustainable biomass feedstock for ethanol production. This webinar will highlight a recent analysis of the potential economic impacts if sustainable biomass-based ethanol producing plants were built in Pennsylvania. The study examined four potential locations (Berks, Bradford, Crawford, and Washington counties) and three potential cellulosic feedstocks, including miscanthus, switchgrass, and willow. The analysis suggests that such a plant directly and indirectly could support between 235 and 364 jobs and generate between $87.8 million to $120.7 million in new output, depending upon its location and feedstock. Join us live to find out much more! Presented by Timothy W. Kelsey, Penn State University.

Penn State Extension Green Infrastructure Webinar Series: The Ecology of Streams and Forested Buffers, April 28, 2015, noon ET. Presented by Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D., President and Director, Stroud Water Research Center.

Water Resources Webinar: Harmful Algae Blooms in Pennsylvania Ponds and Lakes, Wednesday, April 29, 12 – 1 p.m. ET. Presented by Bryan Swistock, Penn State University.

We look forward to having you join these discussions and learning experiences.

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