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Created by Peter Smallidge Oct 5, 2011 at 2:16pm. Last updated by Peter Smallidge Jan 6, 2014.


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Before reclamation... 2013

We are creating a SIlvopasture from abandoned cropland that became woodland, was devastated by EAB, left to slash and became a junkyard.
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Joanne Vaughn replied to Joanne Vaughn's discussion Removal of grass around seedlings in pasture
"Thanks Peter, That's everything I wanted to know. Joanne"
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Learn at Lunch LIVE Webinar at

June 14, 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
Upcoming Learn at Lunch LIVE Webinar:1) Kevin PotterFires and beetles and droughts, oh my: Recent status and trends from the national Forest Health Monitoring Program2) Sandy WilmotTree sleuths: finding out why forest trees were dying in Vermont?Date: June 14, 2016Time: 12 pm – 1 pm MSTSAF or ISA CEUs available More
Peter Smallidge replied to Joanne Vaughn's discussion Removal of grass around seedlings in pasture
"Hi Joanne: Mechanical (AKA organic) treatments can be effective but sometimes at the cost of labor, time and repeated entry.  As Dean notes, some people who favor organic treatments often re-assess their perspective when they get involved in…"
Joanne Vaughn replied to Joanne Vaughn's discussion Removal of grass around seedlings in pasture
"Looking up a propane torch, I find that this will require repeated treatments. That means that I will have to skulk about with it several times to get this done.  What chemicals are recommended for this purpose?  We are talking about 100…"

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Posted by Peter Smallidge on May 20, 2016 at 3:16pm 0 Comments

AVID - Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer.  

Kristi Sullivan, Peter Smallidge and Paul Curtis. Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Department of Natural Resources, Ithaca, NY. 

Obtain a copy here

The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can significantly influence New York’s forests. As selective…


Northern Long-Eared Bat: NY Harvesting Restrictions

Posted by Peter Smallidge on May 6, 2016 at 2:08pm 1 Comment

The northern long-eared bat population has declined as a result of the white-nosed syndrome.  Although forest harvesting does not impact the bat or habitat per se, felling a tree where a bat is located or disturbing a hibernaculum would be problematic.  There are both state and federal regulations that apply.

Here is communication from NYSDEC on May 5 2016

"As you may know, the northern long eared bat (NLEB) has been listed by the USFWS as threatened due to declines…


Alternative to cutting your own cord wood

Posted by Elizabeth Keokosky on April 20, 2016 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

If you are one of those people who now harvest their wood lot for winter heating  - and are getting older and just tired of doing so or have a wife who is encouraging you not to – then you may be interested to learn about new developments in New York State. Developments that contribute to local jobs, use local sustainable resources, supply alternative energy, maintain a market for low-value trees, and keep forested land from being lost to development.  

New York State has given a…


Entomology of Sugar Maple Forests

Posted by Peter Smallidge on April 20, 2016 at 12:53pm 1 Comment

Sugar maple is one of the most iconic and economically important trees in our forests. This webinar will address some of the most important current and potential insect pests and stressors that may accentuate their impacts. Insects (and other pests) tend to target specific parts of trees.  By understanding these parts, and their interaction with pests, owners, producers and managers can better understand and utilize methods of control.  Join Mark Whitmore of the Cornell University…



Removal of grass around seedlings in pasture

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn on Friday. 5 Replies

Even after the timely discussion of "green lie" this week, I am still unsure of the best method to eliminate grassy vegetation around the pine, cedar and oak seedlings we are putting in this spring. I feel this is very important because we lost a…Continue

Chainsaw oil

Started by Terry Schaedig in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Dean Faklis on Thursday. 2 Replies

I'm looking for a biodegradable chainsaw oil, specifically for inoculating trees and stumps with mushroom spawn.  But also if available for general use.  I have never been comfortable with the amount of oil dispersed in the forest. Products I have…Continue

beech cut-stump and movement to other species?

Started by Peter Smallidge in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy on Wednesday. 8 Replies

I received an email with the following question, and my response...below.  If you have experiences with cut-stump on beech (or other species that root sucker), please share your story and pictures.Questionif i do a cut stump treatment to control…Continue

Tags: stumping, glyphosate, high, triclopyr, management

Soil Compaction - a concern in urban areas.

Started by Alicia Rose in Forest Health May 11. 0 Replies

Here's a link that discusses some of the problems with soil compaction. It is from an on lot sewage disposal system perspective; however, it mentions some interesting points. Let me know what you think? The Problem with Soil Compaction…Continue

Urban Forestry

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health May 8. 0 Replies

Urban Forestry – 5 Percent Rule or the Improving on the 10-20-30 rule for Tree Diversity and Sustainability – Excerpts from Dr. John Ball, SDSU Extension Forestry (…Continue

Wood Construction

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry May 5. 0 Replies

Bill Aims to Spur Wood Building Boom“Wood construction is a winner for our rural…Continue

Carbon Market Opportunities

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry Apr 8. 0 Replies

Carbon market opportunities could benefit Oregon’s private timberland owners…Continue



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