Monday, September 5, 2016

Advanced Wood Energy for Schools, Buisnesses and Communities Workshop

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This workshop counts for 4 hours (1 year) of PA SFI® Continuing Education (C.E.) credit. Individuals seeking C.E. credit must submit a completed Non-PA SFI Course C.E. credit form (this form may not be available at the workshop so you will need to print it out beforehand), a course agenda or certificate of completion, and a $20 administrative fee (Check made payable to “PA SIC”) to the PA SFI office. Continuing Education credit can only extend your PA SFI Training Card expiration date by a maximum of 3-years from the current calendar year. Please refer to the PA SFI Training Policy for a complete description of the program requirements.

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

So Many Weeds, So Little Time: A Prioritization Tool for Invasive Species Management

PA Forests Web Seminar Center

Date: October 11, 2016
Times: noon - 1:00 PM and 7:00 - 8:00 PM, eastern time. Questions often last an extra 15 to 20 minutes

Registration: Presentation URL (for both times): https://meeting.psu.edu/PAForestWeb/
Handouts, PowerPoints and Recorded Presentations will be available at
http://extension.psu.edu/private-forests/tools-resources/webinars


Presentation summary:

This presentation will address how prioritization is an implementation of IPM, as it requires clarity of objective, setting thresholds, identifying available resources, assigning the proper prescription, and monitoring results.  The planning approach uses a spreadsheet document to consider both the location and the invasive species present.  It looks at land units within a property, assesses ecological value and integrity, and outreach value of the land unit (ability to attract outside resources).  Weed characteristics are extent, impact, and restoration effort.  An index value is applied for each characteristic, generating a score for 0 to 10 for each land unit/species interaction.  This initial prioritization generates a worklist by location, and the user identifies the available personnel and the operations.  From this, a work calendar is produced. Primary concepts of this approach are: “Protect the Best” - work in more-intact areas first, to optimize the acres protected per unit of effort; “Bundling” - charismatic species may trigger an operation, but time the operation and equip personnel to address as many species as possible; “Control Phase vs Maintenance” - care of natural areas is perpetual, but well-directed efforts lead to a quick transition from resource intensive control efforts to ongoing maintenance that requires a tiny fraction of the original effort. In addition to planning/IPM, the presentation will focus on the details of creating a limited prescription list to simplify operations and inventory, including herbicide selection and application methods.

Presented by: Art Gover, Research Associate, Wildland Weed Management Program, Penn State

*** Please note: Continuing Education credits are not available for reviewing recorded webinars. You must participate in the live seminar to receive credit.

This webinar counts for 1 hour of PA SFI Continuing Education (C.E.) credit. You must complete 3 additional hours of C.E. credit to add 1 year to your training card expiration date. Individuals seeking C.E. credit must submit a completed Non-SFI Course C.E. credit form (Please request that the webinar administrator send PA SFI confirmation of your participation), a course agenda or certificate of completion, and a $20 administrative fee (Check made payable to “PA SIC”) to the PA SFI office. Continuing Education credit can only extend your PA SFI Training Card expiration date by a maximum of 3-years from the current calendar year. Please refer to the PA SFI Training Policy for a complete description of the program requirements.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Woodlot Management Workshop - Cutting Forests for Timber & Wildlife

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This workshop counts for 8 hours (2 years) of PA SFI® Continuing Education (C.E.) credit. Individuals seeking C.E. credit must submit a completed Non-PA SFI Course C.E. credit form (this form may not be available at the workshop so you will need to print it out beforehand), a course agenda or certificate of completion, and a $20 administrative fee (Check made payable to “PA SIC”) to the PA SFI office. Continuing Education credit can only extend your PA SFI Training Card expiration date by a maximum of 3-years from the current calendar year. Please refer to the PA SFI Training Policy for a complete description of the program requirements.


 

Monday, August 15, 2016

New York - Interference with the Regeneration of Hardwood Forests

Date: September 30
 
Location: Cornell University’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, 611 County Road 13, Van Etten, NY 14889 (Schuyler County) www.ArnotForest.info

Register: Pre-registration is required and is $20. Online registration closes September 28. Visit https://cornell.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8J5G74551tVLlc1 Registration questions – Diana Bryant, 214 Fernow Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. 607-255 2115. DLT5@cornell.edu

Description: 
A day-long workshop that will (i) provide foresters and woodland owners information about the ecological role of American beech (and other interfering vegetation) and deer in limiting forest regeneration, and (ii) review herbicide, organic and fence management strategies to ensure effective regeneration. This workshop will help participants understand the ecological principles that underlie the complications of forest regeneration, especially the interaction of deer and interfering plants. Management strategies that limit exposure to deer impacts may reduce the need for herbicidal control of beech, and without deer control more vegetative control may be necessary. Addressing neither of these issues in a practical and viable manner will likely result in a failed attempt to regenerate an acceptable new stand.

The workshop will mix classroom and field lectures with presentations by Dr. Paul Curtis, Dr. Peter Smallidge, Brett Chedzoy and Kristi Sullivan.

Registration starts at 9:00AM with light refreshments, and the workshop starts promptly at 10:00AM. Final session concludes at 4:20PM. Bring a bag lunch. Bottled water will be provided. Visits to field sites will be by carpooling.

A detailed agenda is available as a blog at www.CornellForestConnect.ning.com

This workshop counts for 8 hours (2 years) of PA SFI® Continuing Education (C.E.) credit. Individuals seeking C.E. credit must submit a completed Non-PA SFI Course C.E. credit form (this form may not be available at the workshop so you will need to print it out beforehand), a course agenda or certificate of completion, and a $20 administrative fee (Check made payable to “PA SIC”) to the PA SFI office. Continuing Education credit can only extend your PA SFI Training Card expiration date by a maximum of 3-years from the current calendar year. Please refer to the PA SFI Training Policy for a complete description of the program requirements.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Everything You Wanted to Know about Females... Female Deer, that is

PA Forests Web Seminar Center
Date: September 13, 2016
Times: noon - 1:00 PM and 7:00 - 8:00 PM, eastern time. Questions often last an extra 15 to 20 minutes

Registration: Presentation URL (for both times): https://meeting.psu.edu/PAForestWeb/
Handouts, PowerPoints and Recorded Presentations will be available at
http://extension.psu.edu/private-forests/tools-resources/webinars

Presentation summary:  

A lot of attention is focused on male deer, but it's females that are more important! Find about their strategies during the breeding season and how population density affects the dispersal of yearling females. This presentation will give you a greater appreciation of female behavior during the rut and why the moon doesn't matter!

Presented by: Duane Diefenbach, PA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, USGS

*** Please note: Continuing Education credits are not available for reviewing recorded webinars. You must participate in the live seminar to receive credit.

This webinar counts for 1 hour of PA SFI Continuing Education (C.E.) credit. You must complete 3 additional hours of C.E. credit to add 1 year to your training card expiration date. Individuals seeking C.E. credit must submit a completed Non-SFI Course C.E. credit form (Please request that the webinar administrator send PA SFI confirmation of your participation), a course agenda or certificate of completion, and a $20 administrative fee (Check made payable to “PA SIC”) to the PA SFI office. Continuing Education credit can only extend your PA SFI Training Card expiration date by a maximum of 3-years from the current calendar year. Please refer to the PA SFI Training Policy for a complete description of the program requirements.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Advanced Logger Rescue

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Each training has been approved for 8 hours (2 years) of PA SFI Continuing Education (C.E.) credit. YOU CAN ONLY ATTEND ONE SESSIONS FOR CREDIT. Individuals seeking C.E. credit must submit a completed Non-PA SFI Course C.E. credit form (this form may not be available at the workshop so you will need to print it out beforehand), a course agenda or certificate of completion, and a $20 administrative fee (Check made payable to “PA SIC”) to the PA SFI office. Continuing Education credit can only extend your PA SFI Training Card expiration date by a maximum of 3-years from the current calendar year. Please refer to the PA SFI Training Policy for a complete description of the program requirements.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Understanding and Arranging a Timber Sale: Guidance for Private Woodland Owners

Cornell University - Forest Connect

Date: July 20, 2016
Time: noon - 1:00 PM, eastern time
           and 7:00 - 8:00 PM 

Registration: You need a free personal registration ID to join this month’s webinar:

https://cornell.webex.com/cornell/onstage/g.php?MTID=e20b64c4f50a4bb21d0ef80efc2cfd289
If prompted for a password, use C0rne11F0rest (the word “CornellForest” except the o=zero=0 and the L=the number 1, the numbers are in bold font). On the webpage where the above link takes you, look for the option to “register” to receive your “registration id” number. Note this page also includes the option to download resources related to this webinar (if available). Wait for the email that contains your personal “registration id” number (a couple minutes at most usually). Join the webinar via that "click here" button in the email. If you have trouble registering or connecting please contact Cisco WebEx technical support at 1-866-229-3239 (U.S. and Canada Toll-Free; 24/7).
Presentation summary: 
Apprehension about a timber sale often results because most owners (i) don’t know the value of their timber and don’t want to sell too cheaply; (ii) fear their woodlot or forest will be ruined as a result of timber harvesting; or (iii) think that timber harvesting causes environmental damages. While all these fears can be true, you can avoid or minimize them through careful planning and selecting competent professionals as service providers. Ultimately, you or your agent needs to control the timber harvest. Sales that lack structure or deliberate oversight are rarely in the best interest of the woodland owner. 

Presented by: Peter Smallidge, Cornell University Cooperative Extension

*** Please note: Continuing Education credits are not available for reviewing recorded webinars. You must participate in the live seminar to receive credit.

This webinar counts for 1 hour of PA SFI Continuing Education (C.E.) credit. You must complete 3 additional hours of C.E. credit to add 1 year to your training card expiration date. Individuals seeking C.E. credit must submit a completed Non-SFI Course C.E. credit form  (Please request that the webinar administrator send PA SFI confirmation of your participation), a course agenda or certificate of completion, and a $20 administrative fee (Check made payable to “PA SIC”) to the PA SFI office. Continuing Education credit can only extend your PA SFI Training Card expiration date by a maximum of 3-years from the current calendar year. Please refer to the PA SFI Training Policy for a complete description of the program requirements.