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Slash Wall Webinar

Time: May 20, 2020 from 12pm to 8pm
Location: ForestConnect Monthly Webinar Series
Website or Map: https://cornell.zoom.us/webin…
Event Type: one, hour, webinar, at, noon, and, again, 7pm
Organized By: Peter Smallidge
Latest Activity: May 20

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A Restoration Strategy for Future New York Woodlands

Presented by:

  • Brett Chedzoy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County
  • Peter Smallidge, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University

May 20, 2020

Presentations at 12:00 to 1:00 PM and again at 7:00 to 8:00 PM (webinars may run long with questions)

link to register is  

https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5IRFqn7oSYm5D-Vyqb8-3Q  (password is "Cornell")

For more than 20 years people who own and work in northeastern woodlands have struggled to overcome the impacts of deer and interfering vegetation have on their efforts to regenerate hardwood species in adequate density. A feasible solution is essential to ensure diversity and desirable regeneration when harvested and maturing forests are replaced. The interest and activity is widespread, ranging from decades of USFS and academic research, the Restore NY Woodland partnership formed by the NY Forest Owners, and regeneration as a central theme of Cornell’s ForestConnect extension and applied research program. In 2017, Cornell Cooperative Extension developed a novel and innovative approach known as “slash walls” to address the two greatest barriers to successful forest regeneration: deer impacts and competing vegetation.  This strategy has since been utilized successfully on over 400 acres at Cornell’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest.  The webinar will focus on slash wall costs, construction methods, effectiveness, suitable applications, benefits, outcomes, and if/how to use on your property or property that you manage.

Comment Wall

Comment by Patrik Schumann on April 21, 2020 at 2:10pm

Thank you, I am very interested in this.  We have used slash understorey to deny entry & passage of deer to protect natural hardwoods regeneration, on progressive 10-ac stands subjected to manual heavy thinning of pine component only.  The results are mixed, though it's unclear exactly why under lack of duff disturbance/ soil exposure, rodent predation, or succession of poor mast years. 

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