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Forum at Penn State Mont Alto will Explore Forestry in South Mountain Region

3/13/2014 —

On March 27, "The Rothrock Legacy: A Forum on the Past and Current Conditions of Penn’s Woods” will explore the past, present and future of forestry in the South Mountain region. It is the first of four South Mountain Speakers Series lectures. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Forestry Auditorium at Penn State Mont Alto. It is free and open to the public.

The forum will include three presentations and conclude with a question-and-answer session. Forest Service forester Joe Barnard will provide a summary of how Joseph Rothrock’s passion led to the protection of thousands of acres in Pennsylvania’s now productive hardwood forest, as well as the establishment of Pennsylvania’s Forestry School at Mont Alto. DCNR Assistant State Forester Matt Keefer will detail today’s condition of south-central Pennsylvania’s forests and describe the opportunities and threats to the day-to-day management of the region’s private and public forests. Nancy Baker, a private forest landowner, will provide a case history of a 163-acre woodland she owns and manages. The first timber harvest on this forest land was conducted by her great-grandfather in the 1860s. Baker’s forest demonstrates a professionally developed and implemented Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Plan; it was the first Pennsylvania property accepted into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed’s Forestry for the Bay Program.

This lecture is supported by the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, the Penn State Mont Alto Forestry Club and the South Mountain Partnership. The fifth season of the Speakers Series is sponsored by the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau.  [To read more about the event and the South Mountain Speaker Series, click here.]

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