Thursday, February 10, 2011

Woods in Your Backyard

Woods in Your Backyard

On Thursday, March 10th at the Cumberland Woodland Owners' Association meeting, Dr. James Finley, Penn State Professor of Forest Resources, will speak on how you can help create a healthy, environmentally-friendly backyard living area that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. Owners of even the smallest landscapes can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices. 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.

The vast majority of Pennsylvania's landowners have less than 10 acres. This land has many important resources such as soil, water, trees, wildlife and plants. Many benefits can be gained from any one of these resources. Adding new trees and shrubs, managing insects and diseases, harvesting products and controlling invasive species can help create and preserve a beneficial natural area.  Creating and caring for your backyard woodlot may not take as much time or money as one might expect.

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:

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