Friday, February 29, 2008

Gypsy Moth Public Meetings

March 10, 11 & 12, 2008

All the indications are that it will be another bad year for gypsy moths in Centre County. The PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry will be conducting an aerial spray program in Centre County in May.

Centre County’s Gypsy Moth Coordinator, Karl Mierzejewski, will be holding Town Hall Meetings at three different locations in Centre County to inform county residents about gypsy moths, the spray program and measures available to the homeowner.

This is your chance to find out more about gypsy moths! Topics will include:
The 2008 state spray program – am I included?
The gypsy moth – how did it get so bad?
New developments in effective gypsy moth control.
How to make sure that the county informs you about future programs.
Is the material that the state will spray really safe? Yes it is!
What you can do as a homeowner to limit damage to your trees.
What we can expect for 2009.
How to arrange private aerial or ground spraying.

County Gypsy Moth Coordinator
PA Bureau of Forestry Area Forest Pest Manager
Eradicoat Gypsy Moth Control System Representative

Monday, March 10 – 7pm to 9pm
Philipsburg-Osceola Senior High School Auditorium, 502 Philips St., Philipsburg

Tuesday, March 11 – 7pm to 9pm
State College High School, South Building Auditorium 650 Westerly Parkway, State College

Wednesday, March 12 – 7pm to 9pm
Bald Eagle Area High School Cafeteria, 751 S Eagle Valley Rd, Wingate

For details go to:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pennsylvania Forest Landowner Conference March 8

Penn State Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with Penn State School of Forest Resources, the DCNR Bureau of Forestry, the Woodland Owners of Centre County, the North Central Forest Landowners Association, and the Clearfield/Jefferson Counties Forest Stewardship Committee are providing an educational conference specifically for forest landowners and managers to learn and discuss forest and wildlife management on private forest lands. The conference is scheduled from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm., Saturday, March 8, 2008, at the Penn State School of Forest Resources Building, University Park, PA.

Conference participants will learn about: abandoned mine reforestation, forest insects and diseases, invasive plant species, fisher reintroductions, woodlot management, forest finance, timber marketing, wood energy, forest conservation, and more.

To register or for more information contact Dave Jackson at the Centre County Cooperative Extension office at 814-355-4897 or Tim Pierson at the McKean County Cooperative Extension Office at 814-887-5613. The registration fee is $30.00 which covers speakers, breaks, a luncheon, and educational materials. The deadline for registration is Friday, February 29. Participants must be pre-registered.
For detailed conference brochure go to:

Monday, February 11, 2008

Joint Meeting - PA Division SAF and PA Chapter TWS

To: PA Division Society of American Foresters Members

The Pennsylvania Division of the Society of American Foresters and The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Wildlife Society will be meeting together March 21 and 22, 2008 at the Ramada Inn in State College, PA. The meeting will consist of a TWS & SAF Workshop on Friday, March 21; followed by the Conference on Saturday, March 22, which includes plenary presentations, technical sessions, and a banquet on Saturday evening. This meeting promises to be a great opportunity for learning and interaction between Pennsylvania's forestry and wildlife professionals.

The Topic of the Workshop is: "The Future of Penn's Woods: Assessing Forest Habitats: Sampling Forest Habitats, Objectives, Methods and Outcomes"
The Theme of the Conference is: "The Future of Penn's Woods: Integrating Wildlife Management and Silviculture"

Information about the Workshop and Conference agendas, registration, and lodging at the Ramada is available from the conference website.

The website provides links to details of the Agenda for the Workshop on Friday, March 21; and the Plenary Program, Technical Presentations, and the Banquet speaker, Dr. David Maehr, at the Conference on Saturday, March 22. The website also provides links to registration forms, and Hotel Information for the Ramada Inn and Conference Center.

Please note that registration for the Friday Workshop and Saturday Conference are separate items on the registration form. Workshop registration includes indoor presentations and lunch at the Ramada, followed by a field tour on Friday, 3/21. Conference registration includes the Plenary Program and Techical Presentations on Saturday, 3/22. Saturday lunch and banquet meals may be purchased on the registration form.

SAF CFE credits are being arranged for the Workshop and Conference.

If you have questions about the joint meeting, you may feel free to contact me by e-mail, or by telephone: Office (814) 432-3187.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

New Forest Finance Issues Web Log Site

Dr. Michael Jacobson, Associate Professor/Extension Forester, Pennsylvania State University, School of Forest Resources, has just started a new blog entitled Forest Finance Issues in Pennsylvania and Beyond. He will be updating the site regularly with information he writes or comes across. There are already a couple of items posted that Dr. Jacobson has written. Take a moment to check out the site and feel free to share your thoughts with him. The purpose of the site is to get us as a forestry community discussing topics of mutual interest about the future of our forests in Pennsylvania. The blog site is not only as a repository of information but will also allow Dr. jacobson to get feedback about the kind of work he is doing for colleagues and clientele.
You can find the blog at:

Friday, February 1, 2008

How well Are the Woods?

For several years, the Northeastern States Research Cooperative has granted more than $8 million to fund more than 70 research projects across New England. The aim of those projects is to answer questions such as: Where is hemlock woolly adelgid most likely to invade in Vermont? Is the explosion of conservation easements on forestland actually producing better forestry? What is causing sugar maples to decline? What does a "working forest" mean? And how well do kingfisher hatchlings indicate stream health? According to the University of Vermont, the answers to some of these questions are beginning to come in.

For more information, visit the University of Vermont website.