Pennsylvania Forest Products Association is bringing its bi-annual trade exposition and educational workshops back to Penn State, Thursday and Friday, June 3-4. This event is in partnership with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and School of Forest Resources and will be held at the Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs, on Route 45, nine miles southwest of State College.
"Timber 2011: The Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition" is an opportunity for forest-products companies to hone their business skills, learn about the latest production practices and see new technology. According to Penn State's Bob Oberheim, Timber 2011 manager, Pennsylvania is the leading hardwood-producing state in the nation.
Pennsylvania is home to more than 2,700 forest-product companies and 500,000 forest landowners. The forest-products industry has $16 billion in annual sales and generates about $27 billion a year for the state's economy.
"As we emerge from the recession, forest-product companies need to be poised to take advantage of new business opportunities," Oberheim said. "To do that, they need to know about the latest technologies, production methods, business practices and regulations. At Timber 2011, they can get all of that and more."
Organizers expect as many as 100 commercial exhibitors at the event, which is aimed at loggers, sawmill operators, value-added processors and forest landowners in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
Demonstrations will feature a range of forest-product technologies. In-the-woods demonstrations will include cut-to-length harvesters and forwarders. Sawmill equipment, stump splitters and horizontal grinders will be demonstrated on the show grounds, and a ride-and-drive area will allow attendees to test-drive log skidders.
Parking and admission is free to Timber 2011, and for information, call 814-863-2873 or visit the show website at http://agsci.psu.edu/timber .
This year's Department of Interior's 8th Annual National Natural Landmark Photo Contest has listed Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as an eligible destination for the contest. Up to three photos of different National Natural Landmarks may be submitted by Thursday, June 30, and winning photos will be featured in the 50th Anniversary Commemorative National Natural Landmarks calendar.
Information on the contest is available on the Web at www.nature.nps.gov/nnl  by clicking "photo contest." Information on Hawk Mountain is available on the Web at www.hawkmountain.org  or by calling (610) 756-6961.
In 1966, Hawk Mountain was designated a National Natural Landmark for its significance as the world's first refuge for birds of prey, its work to protect and promote the phenomena of raptor migration and for maintaining a major portion of its land in a natural state. Such federal designation is bestowed upon natural areas that exemplify the nation's biological and geologic heritage, and less than 600 sites possess the scientific significance, educational value and exceptional scenic beauty to receive the designation.
Lone Pine Sportsmen's Club, Middleport, is holding a fishing rodeo today, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for ages 5-12. For information, call Colleen Shevokas at 570-668-0940.
Bears Head Archery, Delano, located one mile off Exit 134, Interstate 81, has its 3-D course open daily to the public from dawn to dusk through Saturday, Oct. 15. Donations are accepted, and for information, contact Frank Blazusky at 570-467-0331 or email@example.com .
National Rifle Association spokesman Phil Schreiver is today's guest of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on "Experience The Outdoors," 7:30-8 a.m. on WLSH 1410-AM, Sunday, from 9:30-10 a.m., on WMGH, 105.5-FM and on the Web at www.wmgh.com  by clicking the "Experience The Outdoors" link.
A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, April 28, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .