Philipsburg Heritage Days

Pennsylvania WoodMobile

Pennsylvania WoodMobile

Location: Front Street

Wednesday, July 11 - Noon, Friday, July 13

Pennsylvania WoodMobile

Pennsylvania WoodMobile

Take an educational walk in Penn's Woods and learn about Pennsylvania's nation-leading hardwoods industry through the new Pennsylvania WoodMobile, one of the exhibits at the Philipsburg Heritage Days on Wednesday, July 11 through Noon on Friday, July 13.

An outreach tool of the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council, the WoodMobile is a
cooperative effort of government and industry. The WoodMobile educates the public about
Pennsylvania's forests and sustainable forest management – securing the wood products we
need today while protecting the trees of tomorrow. The mobile exhibit uses interactive activities
and displays to promote the responsible use of forest resources and an understanding of the
forest industry to the public.

"The WoodMobile promotes sustainable forestry and the green use of wood products," said Jon
Geyer, Hardwoods Development Specialist with the council. "Pennsylvania and the United
States leads the world in sustainable forestry. When you buy locally grown and manufactured
wood products, you help the safety of our environment and strengthen our economy."

Pennsylvania is home to the largest hardwoods forest in the United States, providing more than
ten percent of the nation's hardwood lumber supply. While Pennsylvania's timber industry has
accounted for more than $19 billion in sales annually and provides thousands of jobs, the state
has more forested acres today than it did 100 years ago due to the sustainability efforts of the
industry.

Within the 34-foot long WoodMobile are numerous panels showing the history and industry
surrounding Pennsylvania's forests. Interactive exhibits on leaf and wood identification and
touch screens providing information about threats to the forest from invasive insects and plants
capture viewer's attention, keeping them engaged in learning about Penn's Woods. In the front
of the WoodMobile, videos show the transformation of a log from the forest to the furniture in
your home.

Visitors to the WoodMobile can test their hardwood knowledge in a game by guessing which of
60+ items does not contain wood. Choices include toothpaste, imitation vanilla, toilet paper, ice
cream, aspirin, diet foods, film and shoe polish. All of these items contain wood or wood by-
products.

Operated by the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council in the Department of
Agriculture and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, the WoodMobile
travels nearly 150 days per year from April to November, delivering free, educational programs
to elementary and middle school students and members of the public. Since the unveiling, the
WoodMobile has exhibited at more than 900 events hosting more than one million visitors,
including more than 170,000 students who participated in school programs.

For more information on the WoodMobile, including a schedule and request form, visit
www.agriculture.state.pa.us and search "WoodMobile.





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