Upcoming Forestry Webinars


Greetings woodlot owners!

Listed below are several upcoming webinars, hosted by Penn State University. They have many great seminars throughout the year, available to all. If you are interested in any of the topics below, or want to access old webinars in a topic of your interest, follow this link: http://ecosystems.psu.edu/research/centers/private-forests/outreach/pa-forests-web-seminar-center or view the Forest Leaves newsletter.

Hi All:

See details for the next PA Forests Web Seminar Center presentation below. We look forward to “seeing” you on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Connection details will be sent the morning of the webinar.

Summary for PA Forests Web Seminar Center.

  1. Topic: Creating Age Diversity in Forests
  2. Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
  3. Times: noon to 1:00 PM and 7 to 8 p.m., eastern time. Questions often last an extra 15 to 20 minutes
  4. Presentation URL (for both times): https://meeting.psu.edu/PAForestWeb/
  5. Handouts, PowerPoints and Recorded Presentations will be available at: http://ecosystems.psu.edu/research/centers/private-forests/outreach/pa-forests-web-seminar-center

Presentation summary: Forests with different age classes of trees, called “uneven-aged” forests provide a number of different ecosystem values than single-aged forests.  This webinar will cover the proper techniques for creating and maintaining age diversity as well as covering both the benefits and potential limitations that age diversity provides to forest ecosystems. Presented by Kimberly Bohn, Forest Resources Educator, Penn State Extension. Approved for 1 credit hour (0.25 years) Pennsylvania SFI® CE. Approved for 1.0 Society of American Foresters CFE credit, Category 1-CF.

 If you are having difficulty accessing the PA Forests Web Seminar Center, please contact the Penn State ITS Help Desk, 814-863-1035, helpdesk@psu.edu.

Upcoming webinars


April 11, 2017

Forest Fermentables


More and more people are starting to experiment with making wine at home. While grapes are the traditional fruit used for making wine, there are many other types of fruits that can be turned into wine. This webinar will discuss some of the many wild fruits that can be found in and along forests that can be turned into wine. A general overview of the wine making process from start to finish will also be presented. Presented by Scott Weikert, Forest Resources Educator, Penn State Extension. Approved for 1.0 Society of American Foresters CFE credit, Category 2.


May 9, 2017

Raising Wild Kids


The need to develop youth that understand and care about forests and the natural world has never been greater. In fact, the very future of the natural world rests in our ability to do this, and it can help ensure they pass along a stewardship ethic to their descendants. This webinar will explore the importance of this mission and recommended methods and techniques for raising “wild” kids. Lessons from the field can get you started in a positive direction that fits you and the youth you are working with. The sharing of experience among participants that have done this will also be encouraged during this interactive webinar. Presented by Sanford “Sandy” Smith, Natural Resources and Youth Extension Specialist, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Approved for 1.0 Society of American Foresters CFE credit, Category 1-CF.


June 13, 2017

Assessing and Promoting Successful Regeneration in Your Woodland


Lack of adequate tree regeneration is one of the top concerns in many woodlands in Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast. This difficulty in obtaining successful growth of the next generation of trees is caused by three factors: 1) competition from other plants in the understory, 2) intensive browsing by white-tailed deer, and 3) the overstory canopy casting too much shade for seedlings in the understory. Without active management to promote successful regeneration in privately owned woods, the long-term function of our woods is impacted. This webinar will provide an overview of an assessment process woodland owners can use to evaluate regeneration. In addition to the assessment, webinar participants will learn the silvics, including light requirements and growth rates, of some common trees. Lastly, the webinar will provide an overview of stewardship activities commonly used to promote regeneration. Presented by Leslie Horner, Forest Stewardship Program Associate, Center for Private Forests at Penn State. Approved for 1.0 Society of American Foresters CFE credit, Category 1-CF.



Allyson Brownlee Muth, Ed.D.
Forest Stewardship Program Associate

The Pennsylvania State University
333 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA  16802
(814) 865-3208