Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wild Ginseng Workshop Wild Ginseng is the topic of the Wednesday, October 8, Cumberland Woodland Owners’ Association meeting. Dr. Eric Burkhart, Plant Science Program Director at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, is the featured speaker. The meeting will be at 7:00 PM, October 8th at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Center which is located at 185 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. The meeting is open to the public. You do not have to be a member of the association and there is no cost to attend. The workshop is handicap accessible. If you need specific accommodations, please contact Penn State Extension in advance at 717-263-9226. American ginseng is a native North American herbaceous plant which has unique chemical properties that make it economically useful. Because of its rarity, ginseng is a very valuable commodity. Dr. Eric Burkhart is an expert on this subject and many more items that are edible and grow in the woods. At Penn State's Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center (http://shaverscreek.org/), he provides training and teaches courses on agroforestry, woody and herbaceous plant identification, and nonnative invasive flora. He also conducts research on native plants of economic and conservation importance. The Cumberland Woodland Owners Association (CWOA) is an organization of forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania. For more information about the meeting or the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association, contact Fred Peabody at 717/776-3565 (email: fredp5@earthlink.net).

Friday, April 25, 2014

May 8 CWOA meeting in Chambersburg

Impact of Gypsy Moth and Emerald Ash Borer On Our Trees Two forest pests are having a tremendous impact on trees locally. Gypsy moths are responsible for significant damage to many hardwood trees in the region. Emerald ash borer is now present locally and is harming ash trees. To learn more about these pests, plan to attend the Thursday, May 8, 2014, meeting of the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association. Nathan Fite, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry Service Forester for Franklin and Cumberland County, will present information on what Gypsy Moth and Emerald Ash Borer are doing to our local trees and what land owners can do to minimize their impact. The meeting will be at 7:00 PM, at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Center which is located at 185 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. The meeting is open to the public. You do not have to be a member of the association and there is no cost to attend. The workshop is handicap accessible. If you need specific accommodations, please contact Penn State Extension in advance at 717-263-9226. Gypsy moth is considered the most important insect pest of forest and shade trees in the eastern United States. According to PA DCNR, defoliation by the gypsy moth has killed millions of oak trees across Pennsylvania. Although white, chestnut, black and red oak are preferred, gypsy moth caterpillars also eat hundreds of other tree and shrub species including apple, alder, aspen, basswood, birch, poplar, willow, hawthorn, hemlock, tamarack (larch), pine, spruce, and witch hazel. Although Gypsy moth usually avoids ash, there is now another insect pest killing ash trees in our area. Emerald ash borer feeds exclusively on ash trees in North America and is now present locally. Host species include green ash, white ash, black ash, blue ash, and pumpkin ash. Tens of millions of ash trees have been lost to this pest, which usually kills ash trees within 3-4 years of infestation. The Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is an organization of private forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania. The mission of the association is to provide information, education and an exchange of ideas to its members and others about the methods and benefits of proper forest management. For more information about the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association and the meeting, contact Fred Peabody at 717/776-3565 (email: fredp5@earthlink.net).

Friday, March 21, 2014

Wild Turkey Habitat Management

Wild Turkey Habitat Management Do you enjoy seeing wild turkeys in your woodlands? Are you interested in learning how to improve habitat for wild turkeys? If so, plan to attend the Cumberland Woodland Owners’ Association meeting on Thursday, April 10. Mary Jo Casalena, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wild Turkey Biologist will speak about “Wild Turkey Habitat and Tips for Managing It.” Her responsibilities as state wild turkey biologist include wild turkey research, harvest, population, and habitat management, and technical committee advisor to the National Wild Turkey Federation. The meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. at the Cumberland County Extension Office which is located at 310 Allen Road in Carlisle. You do not have to be a member and there is no cost to attend. Directions are available on-line at: http://extension.psu.edu/cumberland/directions. The Pennsylvania Game Commission assists and educates land owners regarding turkey habitat management. To have and keep wild turkeys on a given area, the land must provide suitable turkey habitat. Three critical aspects of wild turkey populations in Pennsylvania are feeding, brooding and nesting. Mary Jo Casalena presentation will focus on creating and managing openings in forested landscapes and managing existing openings like log landings as productive areas for wild turkey feeding, brooding and nesting. The Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is organization of private forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania. The mission of the association is to provide information, education and an exchange of ideas to its members and others about the methods and benefits of proper forest management. For more information about the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association and the meeting, contact Fred Peabody at 717/776-3565 (email: fredp5@earthlink.net).

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cumberland Woodland Owners Meeting is RESCHEDULED to THURSDAY, FEB. 27

Cumberland Woodland Owners Meeting is RESCHEDULED to THURSDAY, FEB. 27 Due to the weather forecast, the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association meeting on Agroforestry scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13 has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 pm at the Cumberland County Extension Office. If you are aware of any woodland owners in your area who do not have email, please let them know that the meeting has been rescheduled to Feb. 27.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wood Processing Workshop

Wood Processing From Our Forests Workshop On September 14 from 9:00 am to Noon, the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is sponsoring a wood processing workshop at a 110 acre woodlot near Bloserville. The utilization of standing timber and sawing techniques using a portable sawmill and wood processing equipment will be demonstrated. You do not have to be a member of the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association to attend and there is no cost for the workshop. The workshop will be at a woodlot owned by Robert Drawbaugh and is located at 150 Church of God Road, Newville, PA 17241. To get to the woodlot from the intersection of Route 233 and 641 in Newville, take 641 east 3.7 miles and turn left onto Bloserville Road. Proceed 3.3 miles to a stop sign in Bloserville. Go Straight onto Enola Road (944 East). Proceed 1 mile and continue straight onto Church of God Road. Proceed for 0.6 of a mile to a left turn at first place on left after white church. You have arrived at the Drawbaugh property. Sometimes woodlot owners want to or need to harvest some timber from their woods. This is the time when you can improve your woods for the future or cause real damage from which it might not recover for generations. Portable sawmills can be economically beneficial to private landowners who have small volumes of timber which need to be salvaged or harvested. The end-product from a portable sawmill is quality lumber which can be either sold at a profit or used to meet a landowner’s personal needs. The program on September 14 will demonstrate timber management practices that are sustainable, produce income, and help meet the goals of a woodlot owner’s Forest Stewardship Plan. A guide titled, “Small Woodlot Harvesting” is available on-line from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to help woodland owners plan sustainable timber harvest operations (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/pdfs/WWI.pdf). This publication is a guide for landowners, land managers and forest products operators derived from the study of biologic, social and economic aspects of small scale harvesting. The Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is organization of private forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania. The mission of the association is to provide information, education and an exchange of ideas to its members and others about the methods and benefits of proper forest management. For more information about the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association and the meeting, contact Fred Peabody at 717/776-3565 (email: fredp5@earthlink.net).

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Forestry Meeting and Tour At Penn State Mont Alto

Forestry Meeting and Tour At Penn State Mont Alto

On Saturday, May 18, 2013, there will be a combined meeting between the Dauphin County Woodland Owners Association and the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association at Penn State Mont Alto.  Penn State Mont Alto Forestry Department staff including Dr. Beth Brantley, Craig Houghton and Dr. Peter Linehan will be conducting tours of the campus and the arboretum.  They will also be presenting information on the history of arboretum and forestry education in Pennsylvania. The meeting will be from 9:30 am to noon on May 18.  Participants will meet on campus at the Mill Café. Penn State Mont Alto directions including a campus map showing the location of the Mill Café and parking are available at: http://www.ma.psu.edu/Information/map.htm

The Penn State Mont Alto Arboretum was established on Arbor Day in 1905, just two years after the founding of the Pennsylvania State Forestry Academy in Mont Alto. According to the college, on that day students searched for native tree species not present on campus, and brought back more than 400 specimens (30 species). These original plantings were then augmented by seeds from other trees native to the United States. A number of trees in the arboretum are currently listed as Pennsylvania "Champion Trees." A champion tree represents the largest of each species of tree found in the state.The campus recently created an Arboretum Masterplan to outline the growth and maintenance of the campus arboretum.

The Dauphin and the Cumberland Woodland Owners Associations are organizations of private forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania. The mission of the associations is to provide information, education and an exchange of ideas to its members and others about the methods and benefits of proper forest management.  For information about the Dauphin County Woodland Owners Association, contact Matt Weir at 717/534-1235 (email:  DCWOA@live.com).  For more information about the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association and the meeting, contact Fred Peabody at 717/776-3565 (email: fredp5@earthlink.net). 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Native Plants Program

Native Plants Program

On Saturday, April 20th, at 1:00 pm, the Cumberland Woodland Owners' Association is sponsoring a "Native Plants" program at Spring Haven Nurseries in Newburg.  Spring Haven Nurseries specializes in native woodland plants and shade perennials grown either in propagation beds or in the gardens located there.  Annette McCoy, Penn State Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator will lead a tour and present information about "Spring Ephemerals" and other early spring blooming plants.The meeting is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Participants should also plan to bring their own lawnchairs.  Spring Haven Nurseries (http://springhavennatives.com/) is located at 1362 Mountain Road in Newburg. A light meal will be available around 4:00 pm. Donations towards the cost of the meal will be accepted.

The Cumberland Woodland Owners Association (CWOA) is an organization of private forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania. For more information about the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association and the meeting, contact Fred Peabody at 717/776-3565 (email: fredp5@earthlink.net).