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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

Arranging a Timber Sale and Timber Sale Contracts

Timber sales are relatively uncommon for most woodland owners, yet most properties are harvested at some point.  Harvests are infrequent, potentially of high value, and are unique in that the harvest puts the next crop at risk. Timber harvests need to have a written contract, but what details should be included in a process that isn't standardized.

A webinar on this topic will be offered on Wednesday July 20, 2016 through…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on July 19, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

an invitation to participate in focus groups on biomass boilers

I am offering an invitation to participate in focus groups which I am going to be conducting on biomass boilers.

We are trying to collect marketing information for the Cleaner Greener Grant we won to initiate bulk wood pellet delivery as a green alternative for fuel and propane delivery dealers.  I am trying to cover some ground in at least 3 of the 8 Southern Tier counties we are part of so if you know of someone besides yourself  in Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga, Tompkins,…

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Added by Elizabeth Keokosky on July 18, 2016 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Dutch Elm disease

This is a picture of one of four Princeton Elms that I planted. The Princeton Elm is said to be highly resistant to Dutch Elm disease.

Can anyone tell me if this id Dutch Elm disease? …

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Added by Stephen Kutney on July 12, 2016 at 10:27pm — 5 Comments

NYFOA Rewards Pays You Back

I just saved $15 using the NYFOA member benefit program "NYFOA Rewards."  www.NYFOA.org. Only $25 more in savings pays for my annual NYFOA membership dues.  Thanks NYFOA!

Added by Dean Faklis on June 30, 2016 at 4:59pm — 1 Comment

white oak damage

Our horticulture educator at CCE-Broome just confirmed jumping oak gall as the culprit for a sample of damaged white oak leaves that were submitted for diagnosis.  If you have white oak in your woodlot now is good time to look for this interesting insect.  Fortunately the leaf damage does no lasting harm to the tree.  Here's a link from Michigan State University that discusses this and other interesting oak galls …

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Added by Kevin Mathers on June 23, 2016 at 9:38am — No Comments

AVID

AVID - Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer.  

Kristi Sullivan, Peter Smallidge and Paul Curtis. Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Department of Natural Resources, Ithaca, NY. 

Obtain a copy here

The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can significantly influence New York’s forests. As selective…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on May 20, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Forum

Chain saw use

Started by Tim Goodman in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Sarah Stackhouse Mar 17. 2 Replies

I am harvesting downed and partially downed trees on my property to chain saw mill into boards for hobby use.I have had many hours using a chain saw over several years and feel comfortable with it. However, I am self taught through reading and…Continue

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Resources

Started by Chaz U. Farly in Maple Syrup Production. Last reply by Kevin Mathers Mar 10. 1 Reply

My son has become interested in developing the Maple Syrup potential on my property. This spring he is just "playing around" a little.What, if any, resources does New York State have for first time maple enthusiasts?Thank YouContinue

Forests worldwide threatened by drought

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Woodlot Management Mar 4. 0 Replies

Forests worldwide threatened by droughthttps://m.phys.org/news/2017-02-forests-worldwide-threatened-drought.html-----------------------An analysis, published in…Continue

Ash Tree Update - 2016

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

Ash Tree Update - 2016 https://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/ncrn/assets/docs/RBs/NCRN_Ash_2016_RB.pdf Summary • The invasive emerald ash borer beetle…Continue

Wooden Buildings on the rise

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry Feb 23. 0 Replies

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steelhttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-construction-environment-idUSKBN1611U5Products of the forests - see…Continue

Storm Damage to Tunnel Tree

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health Feb 21. 0 Replies

The "Tunnel Tree" Is Felled by StormIconic Giant Sequoia May Have Been Weakened by Drought…Continue

Plant Communications

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health Feb 21. 0 Replies

Cornell Researchers Find Plants CommunicateChemical Messages Protect Themselves and Neighboring Plants from Pests…Continue

Urban Forest Webinars - US Forest Service

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health Feb 10. 0 Replies

Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series…Continue

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