Thursday, May 21, 2015

Managing Invasive Plants in Your Woodlot


Managing Invasive Plants in Your Woodlot

At the Thursday, June 11th Cumberland Woodland Owners Association Meeting, PA DCNR specialists, Kelly Sitch, Bureau of Forestry Botanist, and John Schwartzer, Bureau of Forestry Service Forester will speak about the impact of invasive plants and control methods.  Invasive plants are impacting the regeneration and management of private and public forests. They are slowly changing the character of our natural ecosystems by displacing native plants, impacting native wildlife habitat, increasing soil erosion, and limiting forestry management options. Private landowners need more information about how to identify invasive plant species problems and how to apply effective management practices.  The meeting will be at 7:00 PM, 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.

Invasive insects, plants, and microbes have had and continue to have a significant harmful impact on U.S. forests.  Invasive plants easily colonize the disturbed areas and enter adjacent woodlands.  Invasive plants also can interfere with the growth of new trees.  Competition from invasive plants reduces native plant diversity, and can harm animals that depend on native plants for food and shelter.  Invasive plants threaten the habitat of two-thirds of all threatened and endangered wildlife species.  It is estimated by the U.S. Forest Service that economic damages caused by nonindigenous species and costs for control and management of these species exceed $137 billion per year.  One of the best ways to control these plants is for woodland owners to familiarize themselves with the plants and work with local officials and agencies to start eradication programs.

The Cumberland Woodland Owners Association 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).

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tree Identification Workshop for Woodland Owners


Tree Identification Workshop for Woodland Owners

The first step in being able to effectively manage your forestland is to know what you have.  To do that, you need to be able to identify the tree species on your property.  If this is the kind of challenge that interests you, then plan to attend the Cumberland Woodland Owners’ Association meeting on Thursday, May 14, 2015.  That evening, Annette MaCoy, Penn State Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator, will conduct a “Tree Identification Workshop for Woodland Owners.”  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.

There are many reasons people need to identify trees.  Knowing which trees are growing on a site can provide information about the soil, climate and other environmental conditions there. Certain trees make good lumber, paper, medicines, food or other products that people need.  Some animals depend on particular trees for food or shelter. Other plants in a forest may grow best in the shade of certain types of trees. Sometimes trees from other areas become invasive and need to be removed. If you are choosing a tree to plant in your yard, you want to know which trees might grow best there, and what their needs are, so that you can take the best care of your tree. In all of these examples, being able to identify trees correctly is very important.  Common factors that can be used to identify trees will be covered at the workshop.

The Cumberland Woodland Owners Association 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).

 

NOTE:  There will be a contest to identify different cuts of wood. Prizes will be awarded to the top three people that can identify the most woods. Re: Red oak, White Oak, White Pine etc.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

April 18, 2015 Native Plants Program


On Saturday, April 18th, from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., the Cumberland Woodland Owners’ Association is sponsoring a “Native Plants” program at Spring Haven Nurseries in Newburg.  Spring Haven Nurseries owner, Dave Cornman will speak at 11:00 a.m. about “Propagating Plants.” Dr. Dave Foster, Messiah College Professor of Biology & Environmental Science, will speak at 1:00 p.m. on “Foraging in Our Forests.”  Spring Haven Nurseries specializes in native woodland plants and shade perennials grown either in propagation beds or in the gardens located there.  The nursery and gardens will be open for tours between 10:00 - 5:00.

The meeting is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. If possible, please carpool.  Parking is limited.  Participants should also plan to bring their own lawnchairs.  A simple lunch will be available from 12:00 to 1:00.  Donations will be accepted.  Spring Haven Nurseries (http://springhavennatives.com/) is located at 1362 Mountain Road in Newburg.

Dr. David K. Foster is the co-author of "Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants" and "Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants." He has studied the vegetation of the world from Pennsylvania to the Desert Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, the jungles of Belize and Guatemala, the tropical forests of Amazonian Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. His great love is the temperate forests from Wisconsin and Michigan to New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina.

The art of foraging for food is as old as mankind. What is now a hobby to some was a necessity for all people of historical hunter/gatherer societies.  Before the advent of agriculture and domesticated plants, food gathered from the forest was a sole means of survival. The increasing interest in edible wild plants in our woodlands and backyards may spring from our desire to better understand and in some ways return to nature. Whether in rural or suburban areas, there is an appeal of natural foods. 

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).

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Forest Riparian Buffers

Forest Riparian Buffers “Forest Riparian Buffers” is the topic of the Thursday, February 19, 2015, meeting of the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association. Craig Highfield, Forests for the Bay Program Manager with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will speak about improving our forests and forest riparian buffers to protect water resources including those that flow into the Bay. The meeting will be at 7:00 PM, at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building 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. Forest buffers are critical to clean water. They prevent pollution from entering waterways and stabilize stream banks. Forest buffers are also vital to wildlife. They provide wildlife with food and habitat and shade streams to the benefit of sensitive aquatic species. Without forest buffers, runoff from farms and developed areas would flow directly into rivers and streams. Forest buffers are a waterway’s last line of defense against pollution that washes off the land. Forestry for the Bay is an education and outreach program for the region’s woodland owners. The goal of the program is to educate landowners about the connection between healthy woodlands & clean water and that the healthiest woods are managed. Forests for the Bay was developed through collaboration between the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the US Forest Service and the Chesapeake Bay Program, with support from the Maryland Forest Service, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry and the Virginia Department of Forestry. The purpose is to promote sound forest management practices as a way to increase the vitality of the region’s woodlands and improve the health of local streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. 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 January 13th meeting, contact Fred Peabody at 717/776-3565 (email: fredp5@earthlink.net).

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SCHEDULE AND MEETING AGENDA OF THE CUMBERLAND WOODLAND OWNERS ASSOCIATION FOR 2015

SCHEDULE AND MEETING AGENDA OF THE CUMBERLAND WOODLAND OWNERS ASSOCIATION FOR 2015 January 8th (Thursday): Diana Dellinger and Tyson Myers from NRCS in Carlisle and Chambersburg will speak to us about Grants and Monies that are available to land owners for improvements to their property. The meeting will take place at the Cumberland County Extension Office at 7:00 PM. February 19th (Thursday): Craig Highfield, Program Manager (Forests for the Bay) from The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will speak to us about improving our Forests and Forest Riparian Buffers to protect the Bay . The meeting will take place at the Franklin County Extension Office at 7:00 PM. March 12th (Thursday): Professor Jim Finley from Penn State will speak to us about creating a Woods in your back yard. The meeting will take place at the Dickinson Township Building, at 7:00 PM. April 18th ( Saturday): Dave Foster will be speaking to us about Foraging in our forests and Dave Cornman will be speaking to us about Propagating Plants. The Meeting will take place at Spring Haven Nursery from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. A simple lunch will be available from 12:00 to 1:00. Donations will be accepted. May 14th ( Thursday): Annett MaCoy from the Cumberland County Extension Office will speak to us about tree identification looking at the leaves and bark. We will also have a contest to identify different cuts of wood. Prizes will be awarded to the top three people that can identify the most woods. Re: Red oak, White Oak, White Pine etc. The meeting will take place at the Cumberland County Extension Office at 7:00 PM. June 11th (Thursday): A representative from DCNR , to be named at a later date, will be speaking to us about invasive trees and plants in our forests and what we can do to get rid of them. The meeting will take place at the Cumberland County Extension Office at 7:00 PM. September 12th (Saturday): Beth Brantley and Craig Houghton will be speaking to us about the improvements to the forests managed at Mt. Alto College and a short demonstration of their Wood Miser portable saw mill. The meeting will take place at Mt. Alto College from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. October 8th (Thursday): Anna Yelk will be speaking to us about the work the Conservancy has been doing the past several years and the work that is planned for the near future. The meeting will be held at the Cumberland County Extension Office at 7:00 PM. MARCH 20TH AND 21ST 2015 : A State wide Private Forest Landowner Conference will be held at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA. There will be many topics to choose from and many excellent speakers to present them. There will also be keynote speakers that are very expert in their field as to our Forest Lands. More information to follow before the New Year. Put the dates on your calendar and plan to attend and learn many excellent things about our PA Forests. Some of the above dates are subject to change. As always the public and Dauphin County group are welcome to attend any or all of our meetings. Due to inclement weather we may have to cancel a meeting, you may call the following persons to get information. Fred Peabody, 717-776-3565, Dave Cornman, 717-423-6652, Mike Waldron, 717-677-7317.

Monday, November 10, 2014

2015 Private Forest Landowner Conference

2015 Private Forest Landowner Conference Announced March 20-21, 2015 at Blair County Convention Center Media Contact – Allyson Muth – abm173@psu.edu Altoona, PA: Mark your calendars for the 2nd Private Forest Landowners Conference: The Future of Penn’s Woods, March 20-21, 2015 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA. Hosted by The Center for Private Forests at Penn State and its partners the conference focuses on helping private woodland owners understand how to steward their lands for a mix of values and needs. Pennsylvania has almost 750,000 woodland landowners making decisions on 11.5 million acres of forestland, or 70% of the nearly 17 million acres of forestland in our state. Many of these owners (approx. 500,000) hold 10 acres or less (the average is about 3 acres), but big or small, the decisions all private woodland owners make about their forests affect the well-being of our state’s namesake – Penn’s woods. From suburban backyard habitat to large properties with a focus on hunting or income, woodland owners want to do well by their land. Opportunities to learn more and understanding options and possibilities help ensure that good decisions that demonstrate care for the land are made. Whether your woodlot is one acre or several thousand, we hope you will join us for this day and a half conference where you can learn about your property and how it contributes to habitat, water quality, and woodland diversity. Your land and everyone else’s is part of a larger landscape where we connect with each other and together we care for Penn’s Woods. The conference will include optional field tours, keynote addresses from nationally-renowned speakers, an optional keynote banquet, and myriad opportunities to learn more about the values you hold for your woods and the goals you’ve set for your property. Importantly, you will have opportunities to meet new and old friends who share your passion for woodland values. If you are a woodlot owner in Pennsylvania or beyond and want to learn more about your woods, visit http://ecosystems.psu.edu/private-forest-conference/ or call 1-800-235-9473 (ask for Allyson) to learn more.

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).