Thursday, February 11, 2016

The History and Management of Pennsylvania Forests


 
TO:  Woodland Owners
SUBJECT:  March 17, 2016 Cumberland Woodland Owners Association, 7:00 P.M. at West Pennsboro Township Municipal Building located at 2150 Newville Road (Rt. 641), Carlisle, PA, 17015
THE FEATURED SPEAKER:  Dr. James Finley, Penn State Professor of Forest Resources. 
TOPIC:  The History and Management of Pennsylvania Forests:  How Pennsylvania’s forest resources were used in the past, how they are managed today and the management needed to ensure that we have healthy forest for the future are the topics.
LOCATION:  West Pennsboro Township Municipal Building located at 2150 Newville Road (Rt. 641), Carlisle, PA, 17015.  The meeting is open to the public.  You do not have to be a member and there is no cost to attend. 
DIRECTIONS:  Directions are available on-line at: http://www.westpennsborotwp.org/contact
The History and Management of Pennsylvania Forests

The forests in Pennsylvania provide a vast array of benefits including hardwood production, wildlife habitat, water protection and recreation.  About 60% (17 million acres) of Pennsylvania is forested. Individuals and families own about 75% of the forested land and provide 80% of Pennsylvania's timber products.  Pennsylvania also has one of the largest expanses of public forestland in the eastern United States.  How Pennsylvania’s forest resources were used in the past, how they are managed today and the management needed to ensure that we have healthy forests for the future are the topics for the March 17th meeting of the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association.  The featured speaker will be Dr. James Finley, Penn State Professor of Forest Resources.  The Cumberland Woodland Owners’ Association and West Pennsboro Township are sponsoring the meeting which will be held at 7:00 P.M. at the West Pennsboro Township Municipal Building located at 2150 Newville Road (Rt. 641), Carlisle, PA, 17015.  You do not have to be a member to attend and there is no cost to attend.  Directions are available on-line at: http://www.westpennsborotwp.org/contact.

Our forests are not without problems. The lack of forest regeneration, particularly of some oak species, and a decrease in native biodiversity, caused in part by high populations of white-tailed deer, are significant concerns. The introduction of certain invasive plants threatens the existence of native plant species. Outbreaks of exotic pests such as the gypsy moth and a host of native defoliators continue to stress the forests.  Fragmentation of forestland is of concern.  The transition of ownership of forest land from one generation to the next can be a major issue for families.

To meet the ever-increasing demand on Pennsylvania’s forest resources, we must manage our forests differently than in the past to keep them healthy and productive for the long term—an idea known as forest sustainability.  Good forestry requires concern for and understanding of the effects of our decisions and actions on the well-being of the entire forest ecosystem. We can avoid serious degradation of the forest when knowledgeable landowners and natural resources professionals plan and work together. 

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) or Mike Waldron, 717-677-7317 (email:  mdwald57@yahoo.com).

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Making Maple Syrup in Your Back Yard


Making Maple Syrup in Your Back Yard

Have you always wanted to make syrup from the maple trees on your property? Here's your chance to learn how. “Making Maple Syrup in Your Back Yard” is the topic of the Monday, February 8, 2016, meeting of the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association.  Wilbur and Peggy Wolf will speak about the basics of making maple syrup on a small scale in your own backyard.  Information will include selection of trees, tapping, sap collection, equipment overview, and boiling as well as finishing and storing syrup.  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 meeting is handicap accessible.  Directions are available at:  http://extension.psu.edu/franklin/directions.

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) or Mike Waldron, 717-677-7317 (email:  mdwald57@yahoo.com).

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Maintaining Dirt and Gravel Roads in Your Woodlands


Maintaining Dirt and Gravel Roads in Your Woodlands

Mike Klimkos, former Dirt and Gravel Road Program Coordinator with the State Conservation Commission will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, January 14 meeting of the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association.  He will be speaking about the importance of proper design and maintenance of roads for private forest landowners.  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.

Runoff from dirt roads is a major source of sediment in streams. It contributes to flooding, increases streambank erosion and decreases water quality. There are practices for new or existing roads that private forest landowners can use to minimize erosion potential.  The benefits of road stabilization include less road maintenance, less wear and tear on vehicles, better access, improved water quality and reduced flood damage.  To learn more about the resources available to assist landowners with designing an maintaining forests roads, plan to attend this meeting.

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) or Mike Waldron, 717-677-7317 (email:  mdwald57@yahoo.com).

Friday, December 4, 2015

2016 MEETING SCHEDULE FOR CUMBERLAND WOODLAND OWNERS ASSOCIATION



2016 MEETING SCHEDULE FOR CUMBERLAND WOODLAND OWNERS ASSOCIATION

JANUARY 14th – (Thursday) Dirt and Gravel roads in your woodlands. Mike Klimkos will talk to us about this subject at the Cumberland County Extension Office at 7:00 P.M. Penn State Extension, Cumberland County, 310 Allen Road, Suite 601, Carlisle, PA 17013. Directions: http://extension.psu.edu/cumberland/directions.

FEBRUARY 8th – (Monday) Mr. & Mrs Wilbur Wolf will speak to us about Maple Syrup and how to go about collecting and rendering Maple Syrup. The meeting will be held at the Franklin County Extension Office at 7:00 P.M. Penn State Extension, Franklin County, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Directions: http://extension.psu.edu/franklin/directions.

MARCH 17th- (Thursday) Dr. James Finley from Penn State will speak to us. The subject to be determined at a later date. The meeting will be held at the West Pennsboro Township Building at 7:00 P.M. 2150 Newville Road, Carlisle, Pa.

APRIL 14th-(Thursday) John Schwartzer from DCNR will speak to us about mushroom cultivation at the Cumberland County Extension Office at 7:00 P.M. Penn State Extension, Cumberland County, 310 Allen Road, Suite 601, Carlisle, PA 17013. Directions: http://extension.psu.edu/cumberland/directions.

May 11th-(Wednesday) Laurie Collins and Tim Weller will speak to us about Native Pollinators and Honey Bees at the Franklin County Extension Office at 7:00 P.M. Penn State Extension, Franklin County, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Directions: http://extension.psu.edu/franklin/directions.

June 9th- (Thursday) The subject will be Pond and Waterway Improvements. Penn State Extension Educators, Amy Galford and George Hurd along with Vince McCollum from the Cumberland Co. Conservation District will speak to us at the Cumberland County Extension Office at 7:00 P.M. Penn State Extension, Cumberland County, 310 Allen Rd, Suite 601, Carlisle, PA 17013. Directions: http://extension.psu.edu/cumberland/directions.

September 10th(Saturday) Bird identification at the Hawk watch area on the North Mountain off Rt. 74 near Carlisle, Pa. A person from the Audubon Society will speak to us. We will meet at that location at 10:00 A.M.

October 22nd(Saturday) Tree identification will be the subject. Dr. Beth Brantly will have speakers for this subject. The meeting will be held at Penn State Mt. Alto at 9:00 A.M.


All of the above dates are subject to change. As always the people from the Dauphin County WOA are welcomed to come to any or all our meetings

Due to inclement weather we may have to cancel our meeting, you may call the following persons to get information. Mike Waldron, 717-677-7317, Dave Cornman, 717-423-6652, Fred Peabody, 717-776-3565

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Saturday, September 12, Cumberland Woodland Owners Association Meeting at Penn State Mont Alto, 9:00 am to noon.


Saturday, September 12, Cumberland Woodland Owners Association Meeting at Penn State Mont Alto, 9:00 am to noon.

 

Beth Brantley, Craig Houghton, and Peter Linehan, forestry faculty at Penn State Mont Alto, will host the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association meeting on Saturday, September 12th at Penn State Mont Alto from 9:00 am to noon.  They have put together a very interesting and educational schedule for the day, so please plan to attend.  The day will include visiting the deer exclosure at the site of the historic Cold Spring Hotel, the American chestnut plantation, the Crop tree management silviculture treatments, and the new LT-70 Wood-Mizer saw mill at Penn State Mont Alto. A bus will be available for travel to the sites and some walking may be involved.  See the full agenda and additional information below.

 

On Saturday, September 12 plan to meet at 9:00AM in the Heritage room at the Mill Café on campus.  There will be some parking at Conklin Hall in the visitor spots and or you can park in the commuter lot as you enter campus.  The commuter parking lot is the first driveway on the right after crossing the bridge onto campus Directions to campus are available at: http://www.ma.psu.edu/Information/directions.htm.  A Campus map is available at: http://www.ma.psu.edu/Information/map.htm (Conklin Hall is #13, The Mill Cafe is #9, and the commuter parking lot is the first driveway on the right after crossing the bridge onto campus.  Virtual  tour of Penn State Mont Alto: http://www.ma.psu.edu/.

Saturday, September 12 Agenda:  Beth Brantley, Craig Houghton, and Peter Linehan, forestry faculty at Penn State Mont Alto, will host the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association meeting.

 

9:00AM - gather at the Mill Café on the Penn State Mont Alto campus for coffee,  juice, and pastries followed by a brief presentation on the Forest Technology associate degree program.

 

9:45AM - load Penn State Mont Alto 21-passenger bus (Some may need to car-pool if there are more than 18 members attending) and travel to the Waynesboro Watershed in Hamiltonban Township, Adams County, PA (approximately 8 miles east of Mont Alto) to view the following. NOTE:  There will be some walking involved but we will drive the bus as close to the sites as possible. Those who don’t care to walk can see most of the sites from the bus. We will bring drinking water too. Hardhats are not required.

•             Deer exclosure at the site of the historic Cold Spring Hotel

•             American chestnut plantation and if we have time,

•             Crop tree management silviculture treatments

 

11:00AM – travel back to campus to view the new LT-70 Wood-Mizer saw mill

 

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.