See American chestnut breeding orchards. Learn about the history and demise of the American chestnut tree, how to plant and maintain chestnut trees, and The American Chestnut Foundation's breeding program and volunteers working to restore the species.
This tour will focus on food plots and natural habitat management practices used on public or private property as part of a Quality Deer Management System to improve habitat for many wildlife species while producing healthier. Visit recently installed habitat demonstration plots (new practices added every year) in the woodlot and neighboring fields.
The High Tunnel Research and Education Facility at Rock Springs demonstrates the most current production systems and horticultural crops that can be produced in high tunnels.
Join us as we review some of the tactics necessary to create and sustain high soybean yields on Pennsylvania soils. We will review some of the sustainable practices for US soybean production that will help us meet the growing local and worldwide demand for soybeans. We will be showcasing how no-till, cover crops, gypsum, high yielding varieties, pest and soil management issues can lead to improved soybean yields. This is part of an initiative sponsored by the United Soybean Board and in collaboration with Ohio State University.
This tour will address real-world pasture management issues, specifically for equine and cattle, as well as highlight conservation practices that can support livestock on your farm or property while protecting natural resources. Observe materials and technologies that go into setting up paddocks or an exercise area for your animals. Hear about ways to maintain healthy grass and legume pastures and see first-hand the benefits of good pasture management for soil health. A hands-on live demonstration of components and methods involved in moving animals through a rotational grazing system will also be presented.
Visitors can view live deer and various antler displays. Discussions will focus on deer biology and current research. Members of the Quality Deer Management Association will provide information on deer management. In the event of inclement weather, animals will be viewed from the bus and a slide show will be presented in the display room.
What are short rotation woody crops? How do they contribute to biomass feedstock? Why are they being promoted for marginal planting sites? What type of species should you grow and who will buy it? Tour includes a visit to a demonstration plot with fast growing willow and poplar trees. Learn how to grow, harvest, and produce this crop as an alternative income opportunity which helps provide sustainable energy supplies.
What is a riparian buffer? How will it enhance your property and improve water quality in your community? Find out about the benefits of forested and grassed stream buffers as well as how to install and maintain them. Also - see a prairie grass demonstration and learn how to establish and maintain native grasses with wildflowers for wildlife habitat, bio-fuels, and more.
This year’s tour will provide insights into a few of our management decisions and actions in particular looking at treatments for young, pre-commercial stands. We will visit a recently thinned area where we are responding to ash mortality from emerald ash borer. A second stop will visit a young white pine stand that was thinned 5 years ago. A comparison of thinned and un-thinned stands will be made. Invasive plants are a constant management concern on the woodlot. A stop will identify some particularly aggressive species and demonstrate some successful and unsuccessful treatments. Finally, we will see how a decision to cut birch firewood five years ago has changed the development path in one of our stands.