Now that the weather has finally warmed up, we can appreciate ice a little more. Among other things, ice greatly improves summertime drinks, and an icy watermelon is hands-down better than a warm one. And in this part of the world, ice also provides us with unique wildflower meadows. Along stretches of riverbank in the southern Adirondacks, rare Arctic-type flowers are blooming now in the fragile slices of native grasslands that are meticulously groomed each year by the…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on June 11, 2019 at 8:37am — No Comments
Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 28, 2019 at 7:51pm — No Comments
Most Things in Moderation
As a teenager, my son had a saying, whether original or borrowed I don’t know (the saying, that is), which went something like “All things in moderation. Especially moderation.” It would seem Mother Nature took that to heart, and dispensed with moderate rainfall and snow melt this spring. If not her, then maybe it was Creepy Uncle Climate Change. At any rate, the resultant flooding has been heartbreaking to observe.
While I am of course sensitive to…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 6, 2019 at 1:20pm — No Comments
A New Silent Spring: Where Are the Turkeys?
"That habitat is declining, including on our national forests. The acreage of timber harvested on federal land has fallen dramatically in the last 30 years, thanks mostly to environmentalists. The mere mention of cutting a tree in a national forest is often met with a lawsuit, even though timber harvest ultimately results in outstanding wildlife habitat. Even private landowners are cutting fewer trees.
Those that do often replace…Continue
Added by Lew Ward on May 6, 2019 at 8:47am — No Comments
Plant a Legacy on Arbor Day
Muskrat Week. Velcro Month. Arbor Day. You know it’s an obscure event when the greeting-card trade hasn’t bothered to capitalize on it. While not the best-known observance, Arbor Day has a respectable history, as well as a local connection.
Rooted in northern NY, Arbor Day is observed on the last Friday in April. J. Sterling Morton of Adams, NY germinated the concept in 1872 to highlight the need to conserve topsoil and increase timber in his adopted…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on April 25, 2019 at 2:02pm — No Comments
Added by Lew Ward on April 22, 2019 at 12:42pm — No Comments
Developing an Understanding of Carbon Sequestration-Northeastern Woodlands
It was suggested by Brett Chedzoy that I develop a blog on the issue of carbon sequestration as it applied to forests and forest management decisions. Much of the emerging forestry science on the subject is counter-intuitive and perhaps that is what leads to the confusion. The other confusing issues are that carbon production/release, carbon sequestration, and climate change are…Continue
Added by Lew Ward on April 9, 2019 at 2:39pm — No Comments
Added by Lew Ward on April 9, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments
If anyone needs DEC pesticide Credits, this course was just approved for NYSDEC Pesticide Credits as follows:
5.50 in Categories 2, 3a, 9 and 10;
4.50 in Category 25;
3.00 in 6a;
1.00 in 1a.
ISA CEU Credit also pre-approved.
See sidebar under Upcoming Events for details.
Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 22, 2019 at 3:55pm — No Comments
The black cherry tree is widely distributed in the eastern half of North America. It grows everywhere in the United States east of the Mississippi River, except for the lower portion of that river valley itself, far northern Maine, and south of Lake Okeechobee in Florida. It can also be found in the Canadian Maritimes, the Midwest as far west as eastern Kansas and…Continue
Added by Ely McLaughlin on March 12, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments
After a winter fraught with temperature swings, ice and near-record cold such as this past one, being able to finally plant things outdoors is especially welcome. While flowers can be dug up and replanted around the yard much like arranging the lawn furniture, it is different with trees.
Consider that the act of planting a tree is in many ways a transcendent one. Sure, a new tree will give us shade, beauty, energy savings and increased…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 9, 2019 at 10:23am — No Comments
About a year ago, I started a paper, which attempts to describe all the trees found in New Hampshire, my home state. I started this project as a school project, where I would just observe trees and their habitats and write what I saw, but it quickly morphed into an informal research paper focused on silvics and commercial uses of the described…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on February 25, 2019 at 6:18am — No Comments
Tree Pruning Workshop
Neglecting Young Trees Leads to Delinquency!
When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Learning Center, 40 West Main Street, Canton
10:00 to 10:45:Tree Wound Response & Compartmentalization
10:45 to 11:15: Trees and Threes—The Commandments of Pruning
11:15 to 12:00: Why We Prune, & Reality…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on February 9, 2019 at 7:13pm — No Comments
Generally speaking, I love trees, even those I must admire from a distance, such as the love-tree, a.k.a. the cacao, Theobroma cacao, from which chocolate is derived. Not only is chocolate associated with romance—most notably on Valentine’s Day—it can potentially help us feel more lovey-dovey thanks to some of the chemicals the tree produces.
Native to Central America, the cacao tree grows almost exclusively within about twenty degrees latitude either side of the…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on February 5, 2019 at 3:50pm — No Comments
Happy New Year! and Happy New Name! We're now Firewood for Charity (F4C) and I'm pleased to announce that Dave Keebler is the winner of the naming contest. Dave receives a $20 gift card to use as he pleases. Dave is very creative and hard working and.....a happy winner!
Congratulations and thanks Dave!
It was a bit…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on January 14, 2019 at 8:22pm — No Comments
Emerging Invasive Forest Pests: Identification, Prevention & Management
When: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM
Where: St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Center, Classroom A, 40 West Main Street, Canton NY
Cost: $10.00 Includes lunch and materials.
Pre-registration required; please call (315) 379-9192. For information, email…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 20, 2018 at 5:10pm — No Comments
Many woodland owners harvest timber, yet wonder how to handle (optimize) the tax liability. The "go to" website is www.timbertax.org
Another resource is from the USFS Timber Tax team and their annual timber tax "tips" attached here TaxTips2018.pdf
Added by Peter Smallidge on November 20, 2018 at 12:46pm — No Comments
Added by Lew Ward on November 17, 2018 at 7:57pm — No Comments
A new mountain of great timber was donated and delivered to the landing today by the Wagner Companies. We're extremely grateful to our partners at Wagner Hardwoods for their strong and continuing support. David needed a wide angle lens to capture all of the wood! There's good work to do on this mountain of logs and Eileen is in the process of scheduling upcoming C4C gatherings.…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on November 14, 2018 at 10:03am — No Comments