School of Forest Resources, College of Agricultural Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
Data Center Description
The Penn State School of Forest Resources research center and programs:
Center for Watershed Stewardship The Center's purpose is to create the next generation of watershed professionals by combining interdisciplinary capabilities with strong disciplinary bases in a community-oriented context. The Center's programs include graduate studies in watershed stewardship and a continuing education program of short-courses for natural resources professionals and community leaders.
Conservation Leadership School If you like the outdoors and would like to learn more about conserving our forests, wildlife, and water, this program just might be for you. CLS emphasizes leadership and applying it to current conservation issues. Students should be 15 to 18 years old and have a real interest in conservation and the environment.
Forest Stewardship Program The Forest Stewardship Program is a voluntary program to help forestland owners learn how to improve and maintain the ecological health of their land. You get to decide what you want to do on your land, and the Forest Stewardship Program links you with the people who can help you do it correctly! Since 1990, the program has been funded in all 50 states by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. In Pennsylvania, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry administers the program and provides technical assistance. Our state program is overseen by a Forest Stewardship steering committee composed of private landowners, professional resource managers, and representatives from conservancies, higher education, industry, and government.
Forestland Management Office The Penn State Forestland Management Office oversees more than 8000 acres of land, including the Stone Valley Forest. These areas provide opportunities for exemplary natural resource management, education, and demonstration consistent with the mission of the School of Forest Resources.
Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Conservation The Goddard Chair is a unique endowed professorship at Penn State which emphasizes outreach and public service. The Goddard Professor seeks to improve natural resource management and policy by fostering dialogue on important issues among agencies, industries, and the general public.
Laurel Haven Conservation Education Center The Laurel Haven Conservation Education Center is a 50-acre working forest located in the Bald Eagle Valley, a few miles north of State College, Pennsylvania. The center, which is part of the Laurel Haven Tree Farm, is dedicated to wise natural resource conservation through sustainable forest practices.
Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit The Unit's mission is to conduct interdisciplinary applied and basic research in fish and wildlife management and contribute to graduate education. The Unit's research emphasis is on (1) integrating ecology and management of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, (2) evaluating the effects of human activities on wildlife, fish, and their habitats, and (3) providing guidelines for restoring and maintaining important terrestrial and aquatic communities. Unit personnel contribute to graduate education by engaging graduate students in research projects and teaching graduate level courses.
Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics The Schatz Center provides funding for research and education in forest gentics and related technology at University Park and Mont Alto campuses of Penn State. The Schatz Center's facility has the capacity to sequence over 100,000 DNA clones per year and can genotype over 100,000 samples per year.
Sustainable Forestry Partnership Documents and promotes innovation in sustainable forestry and integrates this innovation broadly into both policy and practice.