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The Cradle of Conservation: Hike at the Historic Pennsylvania State Forest Academy

Perhaps the most historic of the Commonwealth’s campuses, the Mont Alto Forestry Academy, now known as Penn State Mont Alto, has been a leader of the sustainability movement by educating the nation’s first foresters who would later crusade for improving the barren hills caused by charcoal production timbering, timber logging, and forest fires. From 1870 to 1900, Pennsylvania led the nation in timber logging, leading to erosion, flooding, and wild fires which greatly limited the forest’s ability to regenerate itself. “Founded to save the trees,” Penn State Mont Alto was the second forestry academy established in the nation and was founded by the Father of Forestry, Joseph T. Rothrock, as a response to traditional logging practices that has turned millions of acres across the state into unproductive barrens. Join Craig Houghton, Professor of Forestry and Forestry Program Coordinator, on an easy hike through campus to learn how this campus helped to save Pennsylvania’s trees and forests.

In collaboration with Penn State Mont Alto.

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