Sunday, May 27, 2007

Another Online Mapping Tool

Use A Map

This is a new tool I found on the Ogle Earth Blog . Simply put, use a map lets you create a map location with a simple link address. When you click on the link you then have the option of viewing the map in Google, Yahoo, or MS Live. With new features you can also add pictures and other annotations.

Here is a map I made for Peaks Island, Maine:
Here is another for the Penn State Mont Alto campus:

It's easy to use and a great way to send maps to someone.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Woodsmen Team Show for Road Scholars

The Mont Alto Woodsmen's Team demonstrated Woodsmen's events for the visiting "Road Scholars" tour on Monday evening (5/14). This is an annual event for new Penn State faculty from all of the Univeristy's campuses to learn more about the Commonwealth over a three day tour of various locations. President Graham Spanier tries the two-man crosscut with Darren Krebs while other team members look on.
Here are articles in the local newspapers:
The Herald-Mail online and the Waynesboro Record Herald.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Grafting Workshop

Students in Dr. Brantley's Plant biology class got a lesson in tree grafting from Jack Winieski (Allegany SAF Executive Director) and Bruce Kile (retired PA Service Forester). In these pictures they are working on pine trees. In a later session they worked on apple trees. Grafting is as much an art as a science and takes a great deal of skill and experience. Thanks Jack and Bruce for your help.

(pictures by Bruce Kile)

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Chainsaw Maintenance and Safety Training

Each May the freshmen forest technology students attend the four week intensive summer camp program. Timber harvesting is a big part of the program. Here, Stihl chainsaw expert, Ben Crago, gives the students tips on chainsaw safety and maintenance. In the summer camp program students will learn to strip down and clean, sharpen the chain, and do all-around maintenance of a chainsaw. All this before getting to use them in the forest. Thanks for your help Ben!
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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Mont Alto Hiking Trails

Follow this link, to a map of hiking trails around the Mont Alto Campus made by forest technology student Tom Oliver for the GIS class.

Tom made the map with the new design tools in Google Maps. Very simple to use, all you need to do is navigate to the area you want and use the simple drawing tools. You can then send your map to anyone or even download it to view on Google Earth.