Monday, September 22, 2014

Penn State Mont Alto Arboriculture Class Receives Gifts!

Penn State Mont Alto Arboriculture Class Receives Gifts!

The Forest Technology program received 16 brand new climbing lines from New England Ropes and Teufelberger and to top it off, the Maryland Arborist Association donated $1000 for new climbing saddles! Two students, Taylor Reneker and Jacob Sempowski, try the new Safety Blue Hi-Vee climbing lines and the class smiles while Jeremy Baker, employee of Antietam Tree and Turf and Vice-President of the Maryland Arborist Association presents the check.


Monday, September 08, 2014

It's a new year!

This evening we had the forestry picnic at the Mont Alto State Park where the new students and sophomores got to meet at the historic pavilion. This year we had pizza, instead of a cookout, to accommodate everyone's schedule as several students had a six o'clock class!

We had a quiz game with mixed teams of students from both years. Here is the winning team made up of Caleb, Ben, Austen, and Ben.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Class of 2014

Here is the graduating class of forest technology students at Penn State Mont Alto for 2014. Good work guys!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Academic Festival 2014

Forest technology students were big participants in this year's Academic Festival, as seen below.

Joshua Brenneman won third place with his project: Reforestation Potential of non-native tree species within Michaux Forest. Joshua also earned an honorable mention in the art exhibit.
Josh Rittenhouse researched the interactions of Allegheny wood rat raccoons with an infection of roundworms.

Tyler Hoffman and Dakota Aldinger evaluated the requirements to make a trail in the Michaux State Forest ADA accessible.

Ethan Mansfield, Coby Salmon, Kyle Beaver and Aaron Lewis evaluated an American Chestnut plantation in the Waynesboro Watershed.

Aaron Lewis and Ethan Mansfield developed a wildlife management plan for a forest landowner.
Coby Salmon studied the possibility of using goats as a method for controlling Japanese Angelica Tree on the Waynesboro Watershed.
Alex Storm and Brady Rosenberry created a wood identification display.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Rothrock Legacy: A Forum on the Past and Current Condition of Penn's Woods

The Forestry Club, the Pennsylvania Forestry Association and the South Mountain Partnership sponsored a panel discussion on Joseph Rothrock's conservation legacy last evening (3/27) at Penn State Mont Alto.

The speakers, pictured above, were Nancy Baker, Matthew Keefer, and Joseph Barnard (seated l-r). Standing is Richard Lewis, the moderator from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association.

Barnard spoke on the career and conservation activities of Joseph Rothrock. Keefer described the conditions of Pennsylvania's forests today and challenges for the future. Baker spoke of her family's experience with and attachment to their 163 acre forest that they have owned for almost 140 years.

It was a fascinating program followed by some thought provoking discussion.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

National Botanic Garden Field Trip

Penn State Mont Alto students and faculty Beth Brantley and Craig Houghton, thanks to a generous gift from Mont Alto alum '58 George Siehl, traveled to the Nation's Capital to see the sights including the US Botanic Garden, lunch at the National Museum of the American Indian, and free time to walk and see other Smithsonian museums. A fun time for all!

Friday, December 06, 2013


Cumberland Valley Tree Service arborists, Dave Poe and Jeremy Redding, help out with the annual Big Tree climb at Penn State Mont Alto in the 142' yellow-poplar! Thanks Dave and Jeremy and
good job to the Forest Technology students!

Can you find 20 climbers in this tree?

Here are 18 sophomore Forest Technology students

(Ethan, Levi, Mike, Kurt, Spencer, Ben, Kyle, Richie, Dylan, Matt, Brady, Jack,
Alex, Zach, Josh, James, Joshua, Tyler and Robert - still in the tree)