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This study provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of hunters perceptions about the use of Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) permits to manage deer numbers on the Michaux State Forest.

As a result of the trend towards declining hunting participation, fish and game management agencies across the nation are devoting increased attention to hunter recruitment and retention (HRR) strategies.

This project creates a framework and foundation for identifying, gathering, and analyzing timely and salient social, economic, and environmental data associated with energy development, and then provides this information to industry and other stakeholders so that the variant social, economic, and environmental impacts can be minimized and/or avoided.

In an effort to become more energy independent, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, interest has turned to the use of alternative fuels. Biomass-based energy production has been hailed as a key element of this strategy.

The American psyche struggles with fire. For generations, we have been taught fire destroys forests and many of its associated values. Recently, however, particularly as resource managers learned more about ecosystems and their function, the science of fire prevention and fuel treatments experienced renewed and enhanced support.

This study, first begun in 2006, continues to identify concerns, issues, attitudes, and plans towards forest management in Pennsylvania. We conducted mail surveys of forest landowners (defined as those who owned 1 acre or more of forest land). The sample list was generated from review and selection of cases on each Plat Map in each.

Parcelization is a recognized threat to Pennsylvania’s working forests and to the economic, social, and ecological values they provide to people – both owners and the general public.

The mission of the Center for Private Forests at Penn State (CPFPS) is to foster the retention, stewardship, and management of private forests by conducting applied research on stewardship issues and creating collaborative learning opportunities for students and stakeholders through participative outreach with private forest landowners, educators, volunteers, agencies, organizations, and the general public.