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Controlling Thinning - Some Concepts and Methods

The title of this blog is that of the recent webinar by Dr. Ralph Nyland, presented on June 21, 2017.  The webinar is archived at www.youtube.com/ForestConnect and there is a direct link below.

Ralph focused his presentation on three topics. 

  1. How much residual basal area (relative density) should you leave during a thinning? The short answer is 60% relative density, allowing regrowth to 80% before thinning again.…
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Added by Peter Smallidge on June 21, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - June 3, 2017 - Happy Birthday C4C!

Happy Birthday!  C4C is one year old!  Congratulations to the entire Team! 

Wow, the email list has really expanded.  I think that there are some…

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Added by Dean Faklis on June 4, 2017 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Tree Quiz

Tree Guys Don’t Know Anything          Paul Hetzler

What is an arborist?

1. What a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan calls herself/ himself.  

2. A person who has received extensive training in all aspects of tree care.  

3. As opposed to your borist.

Tree topping is:

1. A type of syrup that forest-industry workers prefer on their ice cream.  

2. An incorrect way to reduce a tree’s height, one which leads to a very weak and…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 23, 2017 at 8:15am — No Comments

Planting Tips

Only Bury Your Tree After It’s Dead

Paul Hetzler

In springtime, driving around on weekends makes me sad. Invariably I’ll pass someone out in their yard, shovel in hand, maybe with their kids or spouse, and they have a cute little tree from the garden center on one side of them, and a wicked deep hole in the ground on the other. If I wasn’t so shy, I’d stop and offer my condolences, because clearly they are having a funeral for the tree.

Here’s an arborist joke: What do…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 23, 2017 at 8:12am — No Comments

Maple Seed Crop

sorry fdor the NNY bias...feel free to use this any time/way you like, and to edit out the offending parochial sentiments.

Helicopters and Handkerchiefs: Signs of Stress

Paul Hetzler

Here is a forecast the entire region can bank on: this spring will be characterized by pollen storms, and in a related development, it will rain helicopters this summer. Don’t panic—it has nothing to do with aircraft. It has everything to do with stress.

Short-term, moderate…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 18, 2017 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Sugarbush Management

Sugarbush management is an important part of the responsibility of maple producers to ensure healthy and productive trees.  Like all the duties of a maple producer, learning how to manage your sugarbush will take some time, involve learning new skills, benefit with assistance from others who are more knowledgeable, and take some time to achieve mastery.…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on January 5, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - November 6, 2016 - Team Blasts Through the First Load!

Another perfect day in Western NY and the C4C Team completed the first log load on NOV 6.  Thanks again to Tom Gerow and Wagner Hardwoods for their kind donation of logs; they are really a great company.  Check out the Team below after the day was done...they look well fed and well exercised!

That's Tony Ross sitting on the skid and Dale Schaefer way up on the pile.  Chris Howard is on the left, then Greg and Kathy Lessord, Dana Allison and David…

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Added by Dean Faklis on November 11, 2016 at 11:42am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - October 23, 2016 - Heating Season is Upon Us

The big log load donated by Wagner Hardwoods continues to decrease in size while the firewood stacks grow and grow.  After one more cutting session, all of the logs will have transmigrated completely into about 35 face cords of well-seasoned firewood.  Here's a picture of the NYFOA C4C Team from yesterday; we had ten participants:…

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Added by Dean Faklis on October 24, 2016 at 8:36am — No Comments

Google Earth and Web Soil Survey

Google Earth and Web Soil Survey

Google Earth Pro is free software that allows the user to visualize specific locations any place on 

earth.  Google Earth Pro (GEP) is available free to download from this web URL  https://www.google.com/earth/download/gep/agree.html

Woodland owners can obtain useful data from GEP.  GEP allows the user to draw property boundaries, locate positions…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 20, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - October 9, 2016 - Big Participation!

As the old sage goes, "the way to a firewood cutter's heart is through their stomach!"  An even dozen NYFOA volunteers came out on Sunday October 9 to help Habitat for Humanity, Rotary Club's Camp Onseyawa for Children and the VFW's Veteran Outreach...and eat!  They enjoyed great food, drink and camaraderie!  Here's what they looked like beforehand at David and Celia's...…

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Added by Dean Faklis on October 10, 2016 at 10:53am — No Comments

Ecology and Management of Ferns in Northeastern Forests

I just came across a new Forest Science Fact Sheet publication by Dave Jackson of PSU on the ecology and management of ferns.  If you're dealing with ferns, this is a great resource.  I've pasted the first paragraph below, and linked to the full publication. The publication is developed in the context of…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on September 29, 2016 at 12:38pm — 2 Comments

Help Wanted - NYFOA

The NYFOA Membership Committee seeks a few energetic and enthusiastic member-volunteers to help grow NYFOA Rewards, our member discount program (see www.nyfoa.org), and the NYFOA Auction, which will raise significant funds for forestry-related youth programs in NY. If you have time and interest, please email Dean Faklis (dfaklis at frontiernet.net) for more information. It's all easy stuff and many hands make lite work.  Thanks!

Added by Dean Faklis on September 28, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

NYFOA's Chainsaws for Charity - September 18, 2016

A perfect day for making firewood!   NYFOA-Western Finger Lake's Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) met today at The Deuel Farm for another fun event, where the food was good and the camaraderie was excellent!  Here's a picture of the gang after the work was done.…
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Added by Dean Faklis on September 18, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Roadside Forest Management: Tree-by-Tree

Roadside trees present special considerations for management given their crown may have an imbalance of sunlight and thus crown architecture, and because if the tree fails the consequences may impact transportation or public utility…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on September 13, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Controlling Deer Impacts and Interfering Plants - field workshop blog site

Workshop

Interference with the Regeneration of Hardwood Forests

 

Come to Cornell’s Arnot Forest on September 30, 2016 for a day-long workshop that will (i) provide foresters and woodland owners information about the ecological role of American beech (and other interfering vegetation) and deer in limiting forest regeneration, and (ii) review herbicide, organic and fence management strategies to ensure effective regeneration.…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on September 6, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity - NYFOA Western Finger Lakes - Liftoff!

Just a quick post about a new NYFOA initiative.....Chainsaws for Charity.  NYFOA members generate firewood and the cash proceeds benefit various charities like Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County, Rotary Camp Onseyawa for Children, and the VFW, which helps our veterans.  The goal is $10,000 in the first year!  It's a stretch, but we'll see.  Want to learn more?  See below for contact info...we'd love your input.…

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Added by Dean Faklis on September 1, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

"Funding for Floodplain Restoration"

Today's webinar recording, slides, materials, and certificates of attendance will be emailed to attendees within one week. There will be two emails - one with the recording / materials, and one with the certificate of attendance (if applicable).

call the office at 608-828-3000 and ask…

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Added by Carl DuPoldt on September 1, 2016 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Online Course in Woodlot Management from Cornell Small Farms

Want to get more from your woods? Take a six-week online Woodlot Management course with the Cornell Small Farms Program with extension forester Peter Smallidge and Extension Agroforestry Specialist Steve Gabriel.



Examine the methods to assess forest resources and discuss common woodland activities such as cutting firewood, harvesting logs for mushroom cultivation, and support for wildlife and long-term forest health.



The course runs September 27 to November 1, with weekly…

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Added by Steve Gabriel on August 17, 2016 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Forum

plants for erosion control

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Kevin Mathers on Tuesday. 1 Reply

I having a timber harvest.  A lot of new logging roads will be made on  100 acres. I need information about seeding to prevent erosion.  My guess is that some roads will be in heavy or light shade and some will be open.Any insight or information…Continue

Silvopasture Workshop

Started by Alicia Rose in Agroforestry Jul 6. 0 Replies

Silvopasture Workshop https://misanews.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/silvopasture-workshop/August 4-5, 2017La Crescent, MinnesotaThe University of Minnesota Extension,…Continue

TCIA - Voice of Tree Care

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Woodlot Management Jul 5. 0 Replies

PACT partners' support of TCIA helps the growth and development of the entire industry, making it possible for a more profitable and safe industry. Learn more about TCIA's PACT program and partners, visit…Continue

TCIA - Voice of Tree Care

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Woodlot Management Jul 5. 0 Replies

Partners Advancing Commercial Tree Care (PACT) is a strategic partnership between the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and industry companies who are invested in the future of the tree care industry. "We are looking for partners to work with us…Continue

Emerald Ash Borer App

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health Jul 5. 0 Replies

An App to Help Detect EABDeveloped by Colorado State University Extension & Colorado State Forest Service…Continue

GMO American Chestnuts - will the King of the Eastern Forests return?

Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy May 18. 6 Replies

copied over from the: www.silvopasture.ning.com forum...Since I first became obsessed with trees and forests and set out on a path to become a forester ~ 30 years ago, I have dreamed of someday seeing…Continue

Dealing with Climate Change Proactively on YOUR land - Links

Started by Alicia Rose in Forest Health May 4. 0 Replies

Climate Response Frameworkhttp://www.forestadaptation.org/-------------------Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science…Continue

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