- Centre County
Eric is an instructor and plant science program director for Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center in Petersburg, PA and has degrees in Economic Botany, Horticulture and Forest Resources. He provides landscape and forest management leadership at Shaver’s Creek and teaches courses for the Penn State School of Forest Resources on woody and herbaceous plant identification, non-native invasive plants and agroforestry (riparian forest buffers, windbreaks, forest farming). Working with partners such as the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Eric also conducts research on native plants of economic and conservation importance such as American ginseng and goldenseal. Through related workshops and publications, he also offers practical guidance in forest farming.
Eric has been a presenter at numerous PASA field days and conferences. He has helped to plan educational programming around sustainable forestry, agroforestry and cultivating and harvesting forest products for added farm income, particularly ginseng, ramps and mushrooms. Eris is also sought after for his expertise in economic and folk uses of plants in Pennsylvania and the surrounding regions.