Mountain Speaker Series to Feature Four Lectures in 2014
Focused on Past, Future of Forestry in the Region
Harrisburg – The fifth season of an innovative lecture series will begin
Thursday, March 27, at Penn State Mont Alto, with a talk on the history,
diversity and current management of the forest resource in the South Mountain
topics in 2014 will include South Mountain historic African-American burial
grounds, re-creating the cider industry in the region and the impacts of
weather and climate patterns.
fifth season of the South Mountain Speakers Series we’ll continue with four
events on a range of issues meant to engage citizens in conserving the South
Mountain landscape by learning from our past,” said Jon Peterson, a planner
with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy who is coordinating the committee on the
first event, "The Rothrock Legacy: A Forum on the Past and Current
Conditions of Penn’s Woods,” will be held at 7 p.m. at the Forestry Auditorium
at the Penn State Mont Alto campus, Franklin County. It is free and open
to the public.
“During the last 130 years the region’s cut and burned over
forest landscape has been transformed into a patchwork mosaic of fertile
agricultural valleys and shady wooded ridges,” Peterson said. “The
lecture will explore the past, present and future of foresty in the South
forum will include retired USDA Forest Service forester Joe Barnard, who will
provide a summary of how Joseph Rothrock’s passion led to the protection of
thousands of acres of Pennsylvania’s now productive hardwood forest, as
well as the establishment of Pennsylvania’s Forestry School at Mont Alto.
Assistant State Forester Matt Keefer will detail today’s current condition of
south central Pennsylvania’s forests and outline the opportunities and threats
to the current day-to-day management of the region’s private and public
Baker, a private forest landowner, will provide a case history of 163-acre
woodland she owns and manages. The first timber harvest on this forest
land was conducted by her great grandfather in the 1860s. Baker’s forest is
used today to demonstrate a professionally developed and implemented
Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Plan and it was the first Pennsylvania
property accepted into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed’s Forestry for the Bay
question-and-answer session will follow the three presentations.
lecture is supported by the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, the Penn State
Mont Alto Forestry Club and the South Mountain Partnership.
South Mountain Speakers Series is envisioned as a revival of the talks given by
Joseph Rothrock in the late 19th century as part of his work to preserve and
restore Pennsylvania’s forests and natural landscape. The fifth season of the
Speakers Series is sponsored by the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau.
additional lectures this year will include:
Grounds, Endangered History: Preserving the Historic African-American
Burial Grounds of the South Mountain Region,” April 17 at Shippensburg
Changing Face of Agriculture in the South Mountain Region: Re-creating the
Cider Industry,” Oct. 4-5 and 11-12 at the National Apple Harvest
Festival, Arendtsville; and
Climate and the South Mountain Region,” Nov. 13 at Dickinson College.
Mountain Partnership was sparked by DCNR’s effort to engage communities, local
partners and state agencies and identify funding opportunities to conserve
high-quality natural and cultural resources while enhancing the region’s
economic viability. It is a public-private partnership between DCNR and the
Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and has grown into a coalition of citizens,
businesses, non-profit organizations and government representatives in Adams,
Cumberland, Franklin and York counties, working together to protect and enhance
the South Mountain landscape.
Mountain is at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Communities in the
400,000-acre region have thrived off fertile limestone agricultural lands, the
timber that fed iron furnaces, plentiful game and wildlife, and abundant pure
spring water that is captured by the mountains’ permeable soils and released
into the valleys.
information about the speaker series, visit http://southmountainspeakers.blogspot.com/
or call the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at 717-258-5771.
Some of the
earlier lectures in the speaker series can be found on YouTube at