Friday, December 28, 2007

New Edition of Maple Syrup Manual Available

The 2nd edition of the North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual is now available. Printed in full color, with over 150 illustrations, the manual is 329 pages long, and contains contributions from twenty educators, researchers, and maple producers from across the maple region.

To find out more about the publication and for ordering instructions visit the following site:

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

New PDA Invasive Species Web Site

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has launched a new Invasive Species Web Site. By visiting the site, producers and consumers can learn how Pennsylvania is protecting against invasive plants, animals, and insects. Governor Rendell created the PA Invasive Species Council in 2004. It is the task of the council to develop and implement invasive species management plans for Pennsylvania.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Forest Landowner Cost Share Assistance Money Available

Beginning in January 2008, the Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry will begin accepting Forest Land Enhancement Program applications from landowners interested in doing forestry projects on their land over this winter and spring. A limited amount of cost-share assistance money is available, left over from 2007. All approved projects must be completed by the end of June, 2008. Contact your Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry service forester to sign up. To locate your service forester's contact information visit the following web site.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

An Article Worth Reading

Had this op-ed piece from the New York Times forwarded to me. Thought I would share it with my readers. It is about the importance of using locally grown (and hunted) foods…including wildlife. Wild game is the first truly organically grown food.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Fern Control and Tree Regeneration

Dense fern undersories will inhibit seedling germination and growth. The foreground was treated with an environmentally friendly herbicide. This picture was taken one year later. The ground is now coverend with newly germinated tree seedlings.

Forest Vegetation Management Web-Based Resource Center Now Available

To help you manage vegetation using IVM, Penn State Natural Resources Extension created a web-based forest vegetation management resource ( The purpose of the site is to assist the forest landowner/manager with forest vegetation management needs. The site is a clearinghouse for forest vegetation management information, including integrated vegetation management, invasive plants, pesticide certification, service providers, herbicide contacts, and herbicide informational summaries. The Forest Vegetation Management web site consists of six parts: the main document home page on IVM; the forest vegetation management web resource center; the herbicide manufacturers, distributors, and applicators page; herbicides by application methods table; common forestry herbicide summaries; and a table of trees controlled.

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