Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ESM Dirt & Gravel Roads Workshop

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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.


Friday, July 21, 2017

REgenerating Hardwood Forests for Timber and 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.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Drought and Invasive Species

Date: September 14
Time: 2:00 PM, eastern time
Duration: 1.5 hrs

Registration: http://www.climatewebinars.net/webinars/drought-invasives

Presentation summary:
Drought creates the potential for invasive plant species to increase in diversity and abundance in a variety of ecosystems, often mediated by the occurrence of disturbances (wildfire, insect outbreaks).  Because the frequency and magnitude of droughts will increase in a warmer climate, scientific information on drought effects is needed to inform management and planning to ensure long-term sustainability of forest and rangeland ecosystems. This webinar will explore (1) current issues related to the effects of drought on invasive species, (2) examples of drought-related impacts on ecosystems, and (3) management options for increasing resilience.

Presented By:
  • Jon Keeley (U.S. Geological Survey, Three Rivers, CA)
  • Cynthia Huebner (U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Morgantown, WV)
  • Louisa Evers (Bureau of Land Management, Portland, OR)

*** 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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

First Aid & CPR Training - Wayne County

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This training satisfies the First Aid & CPR core training requirements of PA SFI® Professional Timber Harvester Training Program. Individuals seeking credit must submit a completed Non-PA SFI Course C.E. credit form (this form may not be available at the training so you will need to print it out beforehand), a certificate of completion, and a $20 administrative fee (Check made payable to “PA SIC”) to the PA SFI office. Please refer to the PA SFI Training Policy for a complete description of the program requirements.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Controlling Thinning: Some Concepts and Methods

Cornell University - Forest Connect

Date: June 21, 2017
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.zoom.us/webinar/register/0fd2318ec3796a188c34be5db4a05ad8

If prompted for a password use “Cornell”

After registration, which includes a question about whether you want CEU credits, you will receive the link to the webinar and a password. It should go without saying that you should retain this email. The registration email provides the link you will use the day of the webinar.

Presentation summary:
The presentation will deal with four main issues related to thinning in even-aged hardwood stands at intermediate stages of development, drawing on long-accepted hypotheses and models of stand production and tree growth to articulate a conceptual basis for regulating thinning intensity and judging an appropriate method to use. Broad topics will include:

1. How much to leave
Part 1 will review classic models describing relationships between stand stocking and both gross and net production. It will use well-accepted hypotheses by Langsaeter (1941) and Mar:Möller (1954), as well as more recent findings from Northeastern North America.

2. How stand stocking affects tree growth rates
Part 2 will examine effects of stand stocking level on individual tree growth as hypothesized by Langsaeter (1941), Daniel et al. (1979), and Marquis (1986). It will also consider the importance of enhanced diameter growth in maintaining full net production after a properly controlled thinning.

3. What trees to favor
Part 3 will explore relationships between tree crown position and diameter on post-thinning growth, using hypothesis by Assmann (1970), along with observations by Marquis (1991), Nyland et al (1993), and others.

4. How to make it work
Part 4 will review how these concepts fit with characteristics and expected responses after thinning-from-below and crown thinning in conjunction with leaving B-level relative density. It will also contrast these with effects of dimeter-limit cutting in even-aged stands.

Presented By:
Dr. Ralph Nyland, State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry

*** 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, April 9, 2017

Establishing Golden-winged Warbler Habitat 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, April 5, 2017

Assessing and Promoting Successful Regeneration in Your Woodland

PA Forests Web Seminar Center

Date: June 13, 2017
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://ecosystems.psu.edu/research/centers/private-forests/outreach/pa-forests-web-seminar-center

Presentation summary: 

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

*** 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.