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Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - August 4, 2018 - The Landing is a Popular Place!

A dramatic turn of events caused the Chainsaws for Charity work area to become the HOT place to be last Saturday.  Attendance looked like it might be on the lite side, but changing schedules created plenty of activity.  Thanks to Dave Keebler, Dana, and Greg, we have excellent photos to tell the story.  Here's a nice shot of Dave (in yellow) and David (in blue).  It was Dave's first time out with C4C and we really enjoyed his company!  Dave's a hard worker and has a great sense of humor. …

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Added by Dean Faklis on August 7, 2018 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - June 13, 27, 2018 - July 11, 2018 - Wednesday Events

Just a quick update on the midweek C4C sessions at David and Celia's and a reminder about future events.  With the summer heat at the firewood landing, we've been solving more of society's problems through jabberjaw-ing and stacking less firewood!  But that really is the fun of C4C....raise some money for a good cause and have some laughs in the process. 

Greg, Bill, David, Keith, Jim, others, and I have been sharing donuts and sawdust on the second and fourth Wednesdays of…

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Added by Dean Faklis on July 12, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - June 9, 2018 - Summer Is Here!

Another great day at the C4C landing!  Lots of action, lots of wood chips, and thanks to Eileen, lots of donuts!  Gary worked with Kathy at the splitter and also took a bunch of great pictures for us.  Here is a sequence of pics of Kathy, which demonstrates the emotions of operating a fine logsplitter.

Fierce Determination…

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Added by Dean Faklis on June 12, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - May 23, 2018 - Making Progress...

Just a quick post to show some pics from last Wednesday and as a reminder to mark your calendar for the next bimonthly event on June 9 at David and Celia's place just outside of Avon, NY.  More on that below.....

Here's Jim whittling logs down to size:

And here's David…

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Added by Dean Faklis on May 28, 2018 at 5:49am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - May 9, 2018 - New Gear at the Landing!

The NYFOA C4C Team operates like a well-oiled machine and it just acquired a new....well-oiled machine!  With special thanks to Runnings - Brockport and John Schumacher, C4C purchased a brand new log splitter complete with Kohler engine.  Runnings gave a big discount and had its team assemble and prepare the splitter for C4C's service. 

NYFOA's Greg Lessord was key to this acquisition and mentions, "It's a Black Diamond 25-ton vertical and horizontal splitter on a tow-behind…

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Added by Dean Faklis on May 9, 2018 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Growing Black Locust in NYS

Black locust is one of the most rot resistant woods native to North America.  Straight black locust posts and poles are in demand by grape and hop growers, and organic farmers who wish to fence in livestock or fence out deer.  The heartwood of locust trees is the most resistant to decay so larger diameter material will be the longest lasting. 

NYS-DEC considers black locust to be invasive and there are restrictions on planting black locust in certain areas of NYS.  Before considering…

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Added by Carl Albers on April 29, 2018 at 9:09am — 2 Comments

Ticked off about Lyme

Ticked Off

The downside of nice weather is that ticks like it too. Blackflies and mosquitoes can take the fun out of a day of hiking or gardening, but a single deer tick can ruin a whole summer if it transmits Lyme or other serious disease. Fortunately, there’s a relatively new tool in the battle against deer ticks: mice.

As recently as fifteen years ago in northern NY state it was rare to find a single black-legged tick, commonly known as a deer tick, on your person even after…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on April 28, 2018 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Arbor Day

What is an Arbor, Anyway?



Muskrat Day. Velcro Appreciation Month. Hair Follicle Hygiene Week. Arbor Day. You know it’s an obscure event when the greeting-card trade hasn’t bothered to capitalize on it. I like to think the industry knows Arbor Day is worthy of a Hallmark line, but that they’ve decided to honor its spirit by conserving paper. (C’mon, it’s possible.) While not the best-known observance, Arbor Day has a respectable history, as well as a local… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on April 25, 2018 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Science Under Fire

Theory of Language

I’m amazed how communication, more complex than a spider web and far more fragile, actually seems to work from time to time. Even among those who share a common tongue, each has an internal dictionary, none of which entirely agrees with the next person’s. My wife is francophone, which adds a layer of complexity to the challenge of sharing ideas in a relationship.

But an even bigger issue can arise when folks fail to notice they’re speaking different…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on April 23, 2018 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Growing Nut Trees in NYS

Nuts are good for your health; they are truly super foods.  Like anything else worthwhile they do require a bit of work to grow, harvest and make use of.  However, doing so can be rewarding and is a way to add some healthy, locally grown food to your diet.  The best adapted nut species for NYS are black walnuts, butternuts, chestnuts (depending on your hardiness zone,) hazelnuts, and shagbark hickories.

Hazelnuts are easy to grow and come into production in roughly 4 to 5 years…

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Added by Carl Albers on April 20, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - April 7, 2018 - Spring Ahead!

Dean:  "David, how many logs are left on the landing?"  David:  "Only a few.  I think there are 4 or 5 face cords.  An easy day." 

Eleven face cords later, and the team is still ready for more!

When our partners at Wagner Hardwoods deliver logs, they do it very carefully and stack the pile well off the ground on "stringer" logs so that there is plenty of room for air to flow.  In addition, having the logs off the ground keeps them clean and dry and makes it easy…

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Added by Dean Faklis on April 12, 2018 at 8:46am — No Comments

Agroforestry: Log-grown Shiitake Mushrooms

Let Them Eat Wood

Nearly all historians agree Marie Antoinette probably never coined the phrase “Let them eat cake,” a saying already in popular culture before her time. The phrase was ascribed to her by opponents to bolster her reputation as callous and arrogant. She would have seemed far more benevolent if she had said “Let them eat wood.”

From remote villages to five-star urban restaurants, people around the world consume all manner of delectable dishes featuring second-hand…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 28, 2018 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Good Forestry Critical to Water Resources

(Note: This is by Joe Hovels, a longtime forester and proponent of good silviculture from Wisconsin. If you like this essay, consider signing up for his newsletter Wisconsin Partnerships in Forestry at logcabin@nnex.net)

Water:A Tragedy of Responsibility Joe Hovels, Wisconsin Partnerships in Forestry Environmental problems place great constraint on all societies. The response of the society, its leaders in particular, determines the…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 26, 2018 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Adopt a Trap Tree this Spring

Trap Trees

When I hear the phrase “trap tree,” an image of Charlie Brown’s kite-eating tree in the Peanuts comic strip comes immediately to mind. But trap trees, or sentinel trees, are meant to nab a much smaller airborne object, the emerald ash borer (EAB).

The idea is to make certain ash trees more attractive to EAB, to serve both as a monitoring tool and as a means of slowing the rate of ash death. Early in the growing season, a chosen ash tree is…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 24, 2018 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Life's a Beech Sometimes

(Note: This is intended as a resource to pass along to general audiences as an introduction to the issue. Peter has loads of detailed information on beech thickets on his blog and elsewhere, so the only thing Forestconnect members will gain form reading this is possibly a smile.)

Beech Gone Wild

The sturdy, long-lived and stately American beech, Fagus grandifolia, has been slowly dying out since 1920, when a tiny European insect pest was accidentally released…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 7, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Woodpeckers help locate EAB infestation

This is the best time of year for finding EAB infestations. Several localized ash trees with woodpecker damage is a good sign to followup. Take pictures, gps coordinates and report new infestations (especially finds not mapped by DEC) to: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/72136.html

I found this tree while out walking my dogs, I would have been skiing if there was enough snow. I returned to peel and verify using a draw knife. Then…

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Added by Michael Griggs on February 27, 2018 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - February 10, 2018 - Rotary of Walworth-Ontario Comes to Work!

Winter continues in full force and the need for firewood is relentless.  Our partners at the Rotary of Walworth-Ontario continue to raise funds for Camp Onseyawa (https://www.onseyawa.org/) through the sale of C4C firewood.  Camp Onseyawa is a special place for children with special needs and our region's Rotarians make it all happen.

While I was sitting by the fire on January 26 and 27, the C4C team worked hard on the fine, seasoned ash…

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Added by Dean Faklis on February 16, 2018 at 11:12am — No Comments

Invasive Forest Pests: ISAW is February 26-March 3

Invasive Species Awareness Week



In Grade 3, a brilliant joke made the rounds. We’d hold up a sheet of blank white paper and announce it was a polar bear in a snowstorm. Genius is relative for kids. But the first time I drove into a whiteout made me realize how accurate that “art” project was. Anything can hide behind a veneer of snow.



This leads me to ask why February 26-March 3 was chosen as “National Invasive Species Awareness Week.” By this time of year, our awareness… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on February 12, 2018 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Forest-tent Caterpillars

Not in Tents, Just Intense



Winter is not a season when people think about tents, except maybe to be glad they do not live in one. I do have friends who love winter camping, and the fact they have never extended an invitation is evidence of how much they value our friendship.



Oddly enough, winter is a crucial time to look for signs of forest-tent caterpillars (FTC). In spite of their name, FTC do not weave a silken tent-like nest as do the eastern-tent caterpillar and other… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 26, 2018 at 2:19am — 4 Comments

New Online Tool Helps Producers Estimate Carbon Stored in Soil --- https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/home/?cid=STELPRDB1119532 ;---------------------- New Online Tool Helps Pr…

New Online Tool Helps Producers Estimate Carbon Stored in Soil --- https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/home/?cid=STELPRDB1119532 ;

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New Online Tool Helps Producers Estimate Carbon Stored in Soil ---…

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Added by Alicia Rose on January 25, 2018 at 5:26pm — No Comments

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Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry on Saturday. 0 Replies

Agroforestry can increase soil health, agroecosystem biodiversity, soil and total organic carbon, nectar/pollen/resin resources, reduces soil disturbance, increasing opportunities for agroforestry can reduce economic and ecosystem risksContinue

IPhone surveys

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management Jul 11. 0 Replies

Smart phones have GPS.  Has anyone figured out how to use them for mapping wooded land.  I am especially interested in a way to map  my logging trails. Jim MartinContinue

Slash and squirt control of Ailanthus

Started by Mark Horberg in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Kevin Mathers Jun 22. 3 Replies

I have 20-30 ailanthus trees on my property in the 4-6 inch diameter range.  What specific herbicide and concentration should I use for slash and squirt?  Can you recommend a place where it can be purchased in small quantities?  Thanks. Continue

Urban Forestry Presentation Link

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health May 24. 0 Replies

Urban Forestry Presentation Link ---- …Continue

Stone Walls

Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management May 14. 0 Replies

One of my first "real" jobs in forestry in the mid-1990's was in southern New England.  Although I had seen some stone walls here and there growing up in NY, I had never seen stone walls like those of coastal New England.  I remember one property on…Continue

Do Trees Talk to each other? See Video

Started by Alicia Rose in Forest Health Apr 24. 0 Replies

Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other | TED TalkVideo for How trees communicate with each other▶ 18:19https://www.ted.com/.../suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_…Continue

Forest Health

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

Why Logs Are Important ---…Continue

Forest Adaptation Resources Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers

Started by Alicia Rose in Forest Health. Last reply by Carl DuPoldt Mar 1. 1 Reply

Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers, 2nd edition link -- https://www.fs.fed.us/nrs/pubs/gtr/gtr_nrs87-2.pdf---------------------Adaptive…Continue

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