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)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mont Alto Forest Technology students assess and improve arboretum tree health using a Resistograph and an air-spade from Bartlett Tree Experts, Chambersburg Office (October 30).

Shane Wagoner, Bartlett Tree Experts, uses the
 Resistograph to measure tree decay.
Student, Richie Scott, air-spades soil to loosen it and then Bio-Char is added and incorporated to improve soil conditions for a campus arboretum pin oak (below).

Brad Evans, Bartlett Tree Experts (far right), added Bio-Char and 'Boost," a fertilizer to this white oak while Tyler Hoffman finishes up by raking the loose soil back over the fine roots.

Mont Alto students compete at the Tree Care Industry Expo in Charlotte, NC November 14-16. (Zach Dubbs, Tyler Hoffman, Mike Claar, and Jack Ingram)

The Student Career Days included students from 13 other colleges and universities: Utah State, Brigham Young, Purdue, Allegany College of Maryland, and Wisconsin to name a few.  The 5 events were: belayed tree climb,  work climb, throw line installation, safety equipment inspection, and a written arboriculture exam.

Here are the guys getting ready to climb. (Mike, Zach, Tyler, and Jack)

They were even the fastest "Pit Crew" at the NASCAR Hall of Fame where the opening reception took place! (Zach, Tyler, and Mike)
We also went on a field trip to the Bartlett Tree Experts Research Lab to see insect and disease diagnostics and the arboretum of more than 11,000 trees! An excellent educational experience!

Next year's Tree Care Industry Expo in in Hartford, Connecticut.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Penn State Mont Alto Forest Technology Arboriculture Students Take to the Sky!
Steve Nagy and Chris Miller from the Davey Tree Expert Company join Mont Alto students with a 60-foot aerial lift and brush chipper. We removed dead branches from a beautiful campus arboretum sycamore. Thanks to Davey Tree!

Sunday, October 20, 2013


That's a work crew! Mont Alto alumni Kevin Braun '09, Certified Arborist at Winterthur and Frank Grano '09, Certified Arborist, Bartlett Tree Experts (kneeling L and R), John Richter '59 (standing 5th from L), and Adam Wentzel '12 (not  pictured), with Penn State Mont Alto students and faculty Craig Houghton and Beth Brantley (not pictured). Students L to R: Brett Seidel, Ben Stephey, Marc DeWindt, Joshua Brenneman, Robert Voneida, Tyler Hoffman, Jack Ingram, Kurt Sherrard, Mike Claar, Mike Crone, Alex Storm and Robbie King (not pictured). They contributed 85 personnel hours in the Penn State Mont Alto Arboretum on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in the Conifers of the World Grove. The Chambersburg office of Bartlett Tree Experts donated the use of a chipper and truck for the day of service. Dead branches and trees were removed, invasive species were eradicated, brush was chipped, and trees were pruned. It was a fabulous day of hard work and volunteer service to the Arboretum!

Monday, October 07, 2013

What is the CCC?

Paul "Sunshine" Shogren shared the story of the CCC program from the Great Depression era and how mich work the enrollees did to further conservation. He also shared stories of his time at Mont Alto with today's students.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Visit to Fort Indiantown Gap

Yesterday, May 15th, the forest technology summer camp students joined in with the Keystone SAF chapter meeting for a tour of forestry Operations at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Visiting an oak harvest site where several herbicide treatments were applied to improve regeneration success.

Then we visited a prescribed burning site. This field has to be kept open for military operations. It's a great opportunity to perfect safe burning techniques for this area.

The fire is started with these "dragon eggs" that are dropped from a helicopter.

Mont Alto alums J.D. Lambrinos and Daren Krebs show how the fires are lit.

The open habitat keeps clear the viewshed for the hawk-watching spot on the hill in the distance.

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Thanks to the forestry and wildlife biology staff at Fort Indiantown Gap for an excellent tour!

Check out this map of our visit.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Graduation today.

The Class of 2013, Forest Technology students.

Logging boots for any occasion!
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Thursday, May 02, 2013

End of the Year Picnic 2013

After the Forest Management Practices final we had a picnic/cookout at Mont Alto State Park.

Jason Owings and Tosh Rung were elected to the CEFTS Honor Society based on their superior academic performance.

Group Photo. See you at graduation.
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Emergency Response Training

For the last few years the forestry students have worked with the nursing students at Mont Alto to simulate emergency response to a logging accident. Using the medical training dummy, istan, the students can go train through the whole experience from a downed logger to first aid and transport, to an ER triage, and to transport on Penn State's Life Lion helicopter.

Here is a link to the article in the Chambersburg Public Opinion. This experience makes a great finale to the first aid training required for forest technology students before the forest  harvesting courses of summer camp.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Foresters Do Art, Too!

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Forestry Students Participate in the 2013 Academic Festival

Maddie Erickson and Alex Seeley mapped deer exclosures in state forests. 

Jarrid Willette and Justin Vinglas studied the natural resources and developed a management plan for Jarrid's family's property.

Tosh Rung did two projects: soil mapping of an arboretum grove on campus and analyzing hemlock woolly adelgid  treatments in Caledonia State Park.

Joshua Brenneman reported on the history of tree specimens in the campus arboretum.
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Volunteering to Remove Tree Tubes

The Penn State Mont Alto Forestry Club helped removed tree tubes at a planting site (Shriner's Knob) in the Michaux State Forest. At this site the tubes were more dispersed than the site we visited last year. The views form the top of this hill were fantastic. It would be great to come back on a more sunny day!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Timberbeast 2013

The Penn State Mont Alto Woodsmen Team had a great day at the 2013 Timberbeast hosted by Virginia Tech Forestry Club – First Place! Nine teams competed (VA Tech & Alumni, NC State, U Tenn., PSU, WVU, Warren Wilson, and Haywood CC) in 15 events including academic events (wildlife ID, wood ID, photogrammetry, dendrology and  DBH estimation) and physical events (orienteering, water boil, team log roll, pulpwood toss for distance, bolt split, bowsaw, crosscut, speed chop, and chain saw). The team travels next to Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC on April 13-14 to the Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Volunteering at the Franklin County Ecopark

Penn State Mont Alto Forestry students volunteered to clear dead and dying trees from the Franklin County Ecopark in Chambersburg. It was a great opportunity to practice chainsaw skills and make a difference in the community. This park gets a lot of use from the community and youth groups.

The park is located on the Conococheague Creek near I-81. 

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