Outdoors

Conifer conundrum

By Tom Butzler Numerous calls have come into Penn State Extension Offices the past several months concerning conifer death and damage. Plant examples in this grouping are firs, spruces, pines, arborvitae, and yews. There are several possibilities on why so much damage is emerging this ...

Penn College’s ‘Tree Campus USA’ designation renewed

WILLIAMSPORT — For the fourth year in a row, Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition for establishing and sustaining healthy community forests. The national program was created a dozen years ago by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor educational ...

PA Wilds launches new website, expands membership and is now free to join

This month, the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) announced three updates to its flagship program, the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania (WCO) — a new website was launched, the membership program was expanded to include new organization types, and the program no ...

In the parks

Ole Bull State Park ∫ Saturday, June 22, at 2:30 p.m., come and learn more about “Pennsylvania Coyotes.” Some topics discussed will include adaptations, diet, and their natural history. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center. ∫ Sunday, June 23, at ...

Northeastern deer more susceptible to CWD infection than those to the west

By JEFF MULHOLLEM UNIVERSITY PARK - Some deer are more susceptible to chronic wasting disease that is spreading through herds of white-tailed deer across much of the country, according to Penn State researchers, who have identified a panel of genetic markers that reliably predict which ...

In the Parks

Ole Bull State Park ∫ On Saturday, June 22, at 2:30 p.m., come and learn more about “Pennsylvania Coyotes.” Some topics discussed will include adaptations, diet, and their natural history. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center. ∫ On Sunday, June ...

Environmental programs at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE - For the weekend of June 28 - 30, the environmental programs at Little Pine State Park will focus on a variety of topics. ∫ Friday evening at 8, they will have their weekly coffee break. This is an informal question and answer period and general chat session. Coffee, tea, and ...

Taylors are Garden of the Month winners for June

LOCK HAVEN — The winners of the June Garden of the Month award are Michael and Kathy Taylor, 4024 Coudersport Pike. June’s theme was “Iris,” the flower that represents 25th anniversaries. The Taylors have a variety of colorful iris: antique yellow, purple Japanese iris in a massive ...

The humble iris — the poor man’s orchid: Part II

By KATHRYN DORMAN Hello again, Clinton County! Are you ready to learn more about irises? I hope you enjoyed seeing irises blooming somewhere in May. This year, I was delighted to see at least seven different purple irises in my gardens - including four different bicolors. These were ...

Environmental programs at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE — For the weekend of June 14 - 16, the environmental programs at Little Pine State Park will focus on a variety of topics. Friday evening at 8 they will have their weekly coffee break. This is an informal question and answer period and general chat session. Coffee, tea, and iced ...

Landscaping for a carpet of snow

By TOM BUTZLER Plants are chosen for a landscape design based on a variety of factors. If fall leaf color is desired, then some trees to consider might be sourwood, sassafras, or red maple. Or maybe it’s the desire to have a background plant that stays the same, all year round, upon ...

In the parks

Kettle Creek State Park - On Saturday, June 8, at 8 p.m., a presentation of “Settlers of the Kettle Creek Valley,” like Simeon Pfoutz and Dorcie Calhoun, will be shown. At the end, there will be an opportunity to share unique stories to the region. All children must be accompanied by ...

Make campfires safe and enjoyable

METRO — Who doesn't look forward to sitting around a crackling campfire in the evening with family or friends? Such an experience attracts people to try camping, ultimately converting many of them into lifelong camping enthusiasts. Campfires serve various purposes, from heating up simple ...

LHU students help beautify city gardens

PHOTO PROVIDED Lock Haven University students recently planted spring and summer annuals in the Lock Haven city flower gardens with the help of Rizzo’s Greenhouse. The gardens were adopted by LHU President Dr. Robert Pignatello last fall. Students involved with the planting were Braden ...

A repeat of 2018?

By QUENTIN STOCUM I don’t know about you, but it feels like the spring of 2018. Wet, cool, miserable weather seems to be the norm. There were several nice days that we were able to leave the back porch door open to the screened in porch and actually were able to have lunch and dinner, ...

Dogwood Circle Garden Club accepting nominations for June garden

LOCK HAVEN — Dogwood Circle Garden Club is soliciting nominations for the June Garden of the Month award, now in its 25th year. The theme is “Iris,” the flower that represents 25th anniversaries. An abundance of showy tall stately irises would be worthy of this month’s ...

The native sycamore tree

By TOM BUTZLER One of the songs that seems to age gracefully is “The Trees” by the Canadian rock band Rush, from their 1978 album Hemispheres. The song goes on to describe a conflict between the mighty oaks and the upstart maples. Some interpret the lyrics as a statement on social ...

Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans’ burning than climate change

UNIVERSITY PARK— Native Americans’ use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate ...

At the parks

Kettle Creek State Park - On Friday, May 31, at 3:30 p.m., there will be a program on “CCC Camp S-122 (Two Mile Run)” at Kettle Creek State Park. Some of the topics will include life during the Great Depression, the life of a CCC boy, and some of the other camps of the area. Meet at the ...

Managing small woodlots

By DAVID JACKSON For The Express BELLEFONTE — Most Pennsylvania woodland owners use their property for recreation, a place to hunt and view wildlife, or as a family legacy to pass on to the next generation. Sometimes, though, woodland owners want or need to harvest trees from their ...