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.


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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.


Removal of grass around seedlings in pasture

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Richard D. Mayko Jun 14. 7 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

White pine needle browning

Started by Jeff Jourdain in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Jeff Jourdain Jun 9. 1 Reply

Not sure if this is happening in NY, but questions have been raised in Mass.  about what is happening with the white pine this year.  Attached is the link sent to us by the UMASS Extension Forester today.  Continue

Chainsaw oil

Started by Terry Schaedig in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Dean Faklis May 26. 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 May 25. 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



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