ForestConnect is an education and applied research program of Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension.  The goal of ForestConnect is to support the sustainable production of private woodlands in New York (and beyond) through the provision of educational assistance.  ForestConnect is a broad and deep program with numerous colleagues, cooperators, and partners.  For more information about ForestConnect, visit the main webpage.


Example of the venues used to disseminate information, knowledge, and educational programs include the following:


This NING site is intended to provide an opportunity for those who are interested in private woodlands to learn about woodlot management, share what they know, and connect with others who support the sustainability of private working woodlands.  This is not a commercial site and will not support sales of products (though product marketing discussions are fine) or solicitation of clients.  All reasonable protocols for civil discourse are expected, including the ability to document or verify any technical content or assertions.


Our key partners include:


Peter Smallidge, the NYS Extension Forester, is the primary manager of the site.  Please contact him if you have any questions.

Last updated by Peter Smallidge Jan 6, 2014.


Maple Syrup Production Tax implications

Started by Wendy Scheening in Maple Syrup Production 14 hours ago. 0 Replies

In 2015 we converted our maple syrup hobby into a small business.  This is the first year we have to file our taxes related to the business and are not certain if we should consider it farming or retail sales (schedule F or schedule C) or what the…Continue

Tags: business, tax, maple

Plastic vs. Aluminum posted signs

Started by Ed Neuhauser in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Lewis E. Ward yesterday. 1 Reply

 I would like to know if anyone has any information on the longevity of plastic vs. aluminum posted signs. The attached Al sign, between 10-15 years old, has faded so much that it's not usable. I don't have any long-term experience with plastic…Continue

Moving American Elm Firewood

Started by Dean Faklis in Forest Health. Last reply by Mark Kurtis on Tuesday. 7 Replies

Is it OK to move firewood from a diseased American Elm?  Will live trees at the destination be put at new risk or is the risk level unchanged?Continue

cut stump on beech didn't work

Started by Peter Smallidge in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Mark Kurtis on Tuesday. 7 Replies

I received an email with this question and my response.  Please add thoughts you might have on a solution...Question:I am currently under a forestry practice contract through EQUIP.  [a forester] recently toured the site and thought I should ask…Continue

Black walnut trees.

Started by Chaz U. Farly in Woodlot Management on Monday. 0 Replies

I have a small stand of black walnut trees in my yard. Due to the chemicals released by these trees its difficult to grow anything around them. I would like to plant some kind of ground cover here to improve the looks and eliminate the need to mow.…Continue

Aluminum nails in live trees cause significant damage?

Started by Dean Faklis in Woodlot Management Jan 28. 0 Replies

Recently in my email inbox, there has been some discussion on hanging posted signs on live trees with aluminum nails.  I've read that using aluminum nails does negligible damage to the tree. The computer screen background on this webpage is a nice…Continue

i-Tree 2016 Online Training: Tools for Assessing and Managing Community Forests

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health. Last reply by Alicia Rose Dec 16, 2015. 1 Reply

i-Tree 2016 Online Training: Tools for Assessing and Managing Community ForestsJoin us for a comprehensive web-based instructional series that will introduce the latest tools in the i-Tree software suite, as well as bring you up to date on the…Continue

Goats in the Woods

Started by Peter Smallidge in Project Profiles Dec 10, 2015. 0 Replies

The goats in the woods project was an effort to (1) assess the impact of goats on mature timber and (2) determine how woodland grazing might benefit goat producers.Are you a candidate (…Continue



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