Friday, September 23, 2011

Volunteering at the PFA Meeting

Last Saturday's meeting of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association was helped by the efforts of Penn State Mont Alto forestry faculty and forest technology students. Among the programs that day were the following presentations:

  • Making a map with GPS and Google Earth by Dr. Peter Linehan, assisted by Adam Wentzel, Nick Wingerter, and Hunter Stauffer (alumnus).
  • Arboretum walking tour by Dr. Beth Brantley, assisted by Kelly Ketterman, Shane Strommer, and Andy Teets.
  • Penn State Mont Alto history walking tour by Mr. Craig Houghton, assited by Dustin Wirt, Mark Long, and Justin Vinglas.
It seemed like all the participants enjoyed the presentations!

Dedication of the Maurice Goddard Marker

On Saturday, September 17, a historical marker was dedicated at Penn State Mont Alto during the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, the marker was placed outside the Goddard Cottage on campus.

Several speakers discussed the legacy of Dr. Goddard on forest conservation and public recreation in Pennsylvania. In the audience were several Mont Alto Forest Technology students who were volunteering at the meeting.

Click here for more information on the Goddard Legacy Project.

Monday, August 29, 2011

A New Year at Mont Alto


New and returning forestry students gathered at Mont Alto for the start-of-the-year picnic today. Students got to know each other in the scavenger hunt. We also planned for the first Forestry Club meeting next week. See more pictures below.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

New Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to Tyler Wakefield and Nate Rosenberg who have been inducted into the CEFTS Forest Technology Honor Society. Membership in the Honor Society is based on a student's academic achievement in forestry courses taken for the Associate degree.

Tyler and Nate were awarded their certificates during the graduation picnic at Mont Alto State Park. Because of the forecast thunderstorms we had pizza, instead of our usual cookout. Thankfully, we have the pavilion, and finished just before the rains hit!
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Mid-Atlantic Qualifier

On the second, drier, day of the Woodsmen's Weekend at Mont Alto, the Mid-Atlantic Qualifier for the Stihl Timbersports Series was fought. This time both professional and collegiate athletes competed. It was a great time for the students to get pointers from the pros. The crowd really enjoyed the event.

The collegiate results were:
  1.  Daniel Jones, Haywood CC.
  2.  Tim Benedict, Penn State, University Park
  3.  Seth Morris, Penn State Mont Alto.
Tyler Wakefield did a great job rounding out the field! It was great to see Mont Alto alum, and current pro, Tom Oliver competing.

Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen's Meet

It happened again! When Penn State Mont Alto lasted hosted the meet in 2005 it rained all day. This past Saturday (April 16), it rained even harder with stronger winds and thunder. Yet, the meet went off without a hitch, or injury! And everyone had a great time!

Congratulations to everyone who participated! The final standings were:
  1. Haywood Community College
  2. Penn State Mont Alto
  3. Montgomery Community College
  4. Allegheny College of Maryland
  5. Pennsylvania College of Technology

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Academic Festival Pictures

Kelly Ketterman demonstrated time laps photography of germinating plants.

Scott Grimm and Derek Furry established permanent sampling plots in the Waynesboro Watershed.

Zach Hetrick and Seth Morris mapped past patterns of land use in the Waynesboro Watershed with historic aerial photos.

Mitch Oswald studied soil conditions to see if Coast Redwoods from California could survive in southern PA.

Jenny Diehl shares insights on living sustainably in Jamaica.

Tyler Wakefield describes his work on saving the eastern hemlock.

Academic Festival Winners

Congratulations to the poster prize winners at the Academic Festival on April 13.

First Place
Tyler Wakefield
Hope for the Eastern Hemlock?

Second Place
Scott Grimm & Derek Furry
Establishing GIS-based permanent forest inventory plots on the Waynesboro Watershed

Third Place
Zachary Hetrick & Seth Morris
Comparing Past Land use to Current Forest Cover Types

Click here to see all the abstracts from the festival.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Felling a gum tree; Woodsmen practice

Originally uploaded by Powerhouse Museum Collection.

Are these guys practicing for the Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen's Meet? This wood may be a little big.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Practicing for the Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen's Meet

Our team is practicing hard! We hope to see you there April 16 and 17 at Penn State Mont Alto.

Monday, April 04, 2011

10th Annual Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen's Meet

You're Invited!!
April 16 and 17 at Penn State Mont Alto 
Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet

STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate and Professional Series Mid-Atlantic Qualifier
(Click here for details.)

April 16, 2011

  • 7:00 Breakfast for competitors. Team station setup / archery practice
  • 8:00 Dendrology and Archery
  • 9:00  Welcome & Opening Ceremony
  • 9:10  Team pulp toss, single buck, dot split, pulp toss, and belayed speed climb
  • 9:10  Team log roll
  • 9:30  Pole fell
  • 10:30 Bolt split
  • 11:00 Water boil
  • 11:30  Horizontal speed chop (female)
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 Axe throw, pole climb
  • 2:00 Dot split finals
  • 2:15 Cross cut saw events
  • 3:00 Horizontal speed chop
  • 3:30 Chain Saw
  • 4:30 Woodsmen's grand finale relay
  • 5:00 Competition field clean up
  • 5:30 Banquet/awards ceremony for competitors

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Penn State Mont Alto Foresters at the Allegheny SAF conference


The Allegheny Society of American Foresters winter meeting, organized by the Plateau Chapter, was held in Clarion, PA on Feb. 16-18. Six Penn State Mont Alto forestry students attended the conference.

Mont Alto was victorious at the quiz bowl, defeating Allegany College of Maryland and West Virginia University! Congratulations to team members Derek Furry, Shane Strommer, and Mike Trisket for their winning performance.

Among the great presentations at the conference were silvicultural remediation for degraded hardwood sites, managing for liability issues, improving foresters' involvement with the public, and examples of outdoor recreation.

The other Mont Alto participants were Andy Gundlach, Mitch Oswald, and Zach Hetrick, and faculty members Craig Houghton and Peter Linehan. It was great to visit with Mont Alto alumni now at University Park or working in the field. 

Thanks to all the SAF members who sponsored students and the Plateau Chapter for a great meeting! 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Testing GPS Precision

Students in the forest surveying class tested the precision of Garmin 60 GPS receivers today. Nine teams two students recorded 25 sets of coordinates at five different points. Two points were in forested areas and three were in the open. Each team copied their data to a spreadsheet. After the data for each point is combined we will do statistical analysis of the results. More to come.