Today was Oak Road Cleanup day for the forestry club. We had great weather and pizza afterward. This seems to be the year of the tire in terms of most items. A vacuum cleaner and an old TV were the most unusual items. No single beer brand dominated. They came from the whole range. We were all wondering when littering will stop!
Yesterday, the Forest Management Practices class attended the 2017 Forest Landowners Conference at the
Blair County Convention Center In Altoona. It was a good opportunity to see many ways for family landowners to improve their forests from better wildlife habitat, to timber harvesting or estate planning.
About a dozen Mont Alto Forest Technology students attended the Bartlett Tree Experts Plant Health Care Workshop that was held on campus this past Thursday, March 23rd. There was a very informative presentation on moving southern plant species north as changes in the climate make it easier for them to survive in the north. Other presentations included best practices for soil treatment, pest control, and the use of growth regulators.
It was great to see Mont Alto alumni doing presentations, too. Derek Furry, the Chambersburg Office Safety Coordinator, discussed safety procedures at Bartlett. And recent graduate Ryan Karroll, discussed the transition from college to work.
After lunch the students planted new pear trees at the Bartlett Tree Research Grove.
Thank you Bartlett, for inviting us to participate!
Among the topics discussed were:
- The Allegheny SAF meeting in February
- T-shirt and ballcap designs
- Volunteering for the Strawberry Hill Pancake breakfast
- The Woodsmen’s meet in April
- The calendar of events for the rest of the semester
Click here to see the official minutes from the meeting.