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Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum

Written by Holly Komonczi

Kane, Pa. – The Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum reminds attendees that the deadline to register for the Forum is Thursday, September 19th.  Reservations are required! The Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum will host Ellen Shultzabarger, State Forester of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) – Bureau of Forestry, on Thursday, October 3, at Grandma Bair’s Conference Center to present the latest information on resources, public perceptions, impacts, and trends in the state forests of Pennsylvania. The title of Shultzabarger’s presentation is ‘Pennsylvania’s Forests: Looking Forward’.

Ellen Shultzabarger received her B.S. in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University, and completed her graduate work to receive a certification in Urban Environmental Planning and Policy from Tufts University.  Prior to starting work with the Pennsylvania DCNR in 2004, Ellen worked with the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife, Tufts University, and several local and national non-profit conservation organizations.  She currently lives with her husband and two children in Lancaster.

Prior to being promoted to State Forester, Ellen worked as Chief of Conservation Science and Ecological Resources.  She gained experience in oil and gas management, restoration and monitoring, wildlife management, invasive species, and recreation planning while serving in DCNR.  The DCNR – Bureau of Forestry manages 2.2 million acres of state forest, oversees forest fire management, forest insect and disease control, conservation of Pennsylvania’s native plants, including the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Index, and is responsible for promoting the conservation of forest lands – both public and private.

Ellen states, “I strive to connect people to the outdoors, manage the state forests entrusted to us, and increase awareness of the importance and benefits of trees and forests. Our forests provide a wealth of benefits to Pennsylvanians, including fresh air, clean water, abundant wildlife habitat, healthful recreational opportunities, and renewable forest products.”

As a special addition to this fall’s Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum, Dr. David DeCalesta will be offering signed copies of his new book, Deer Management for Forest Landowners and Managers: a ‘How-to-Book’.  The book will be available for cash or check only.  Praised by Quality Deer Management Association, the book is an easy-to-read book for landowners that want to learn to better manage deer and habitat.

Grandma Bair’s Conference Center is located 608 North Fraley Street, downtown Kane, and shares a parking lot with the Save-A-Lot grocery store.  Preceding the talk will be a no-host social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.  The program will start immediately after dinner. Reservations received after September 19 will be $30.00. No reservations will be accepted after September 26.  The cost for full-time students pursuing a natural resource degree is $10.00. For reservations, contact the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group, PO Box 133, Kane, Pa., 16735, at 814-837-8550 or FAX 814-837-4950, or e-mail hardwood@penn.com.