Many of you have visited Cornell's Arnot Teaching and Research Forest over the past year and noticed some big changes, namely several large regeneration harvests aimed at replacing aging stands with new ones that are as good or better as the old ones in terms of future quality and value. For those of you who won't make it back there anytime soon but are interested in following the progress, I'll provide periodic updates here.
Cradles and Cables
We are a clever lot when it comes to helping our kids settle into bed at night. Apparently, the story of how Jack broke his head fetching a pail of water, with Jill falling down the well after him, or the charming bubonic plague ditty “Ring Around the Rosie,” is supposed to calm small children. The veiled threat about abandoning an infant in a tree on a windy night always made my kids hush up. “Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop; when the wind blows, the cradle will…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 14, 2018 at 8:18pm — No Comments
We're short? How can that be? We were way ahead of schedule for this year!
With the recent cold snap, the need for firewood is relentless. The Rotary of Walworth-Ontario needed an additional eight facecords and the Canandaigua Rotary needed two more, all to help Camp Onseyawa. But.... we only had six stacked and ready to go. So, a Flash Mob was called for High Noon on January 10 to make more heat! Fortunately, thanks to Wagner Hardwoods, we have material that is ready…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on January 12, 2018 at 5:28pm — No Comments
Only the crunch of gravel mars the predawn quiet as a truck, headlights off, rolls to a stop. Working quickly, professional bandits round up your unsuspecting timber. As your herd of prized trees is prodded toward the tailgate ramp, their soft mewling is barely audible amidst all the rustling…
While it does at times parallel cattle rustling, with skilled thieves whisking away a few exceptionally valuable trees in an early-morning or weekend raid, timber theft…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 8, 2018 at 1:38pm — No Comments
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All of us are using more heating fuel this season than in recent winters, and there is still plenty of cold weather to come. It’s bad enough that our wallets are thinner, but those who heat with wood have the additional burden of more time spent lugging in fuel. And to add insult to injury, uninvited guests occasionally show up with the wood.
Firewood, I’ve been told, comes from “trees” which seem to be covered in “bark,” under which insects can hide. As the wood we bring inside warms…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 2, 2018 at 3:50pm — No Comments
Almost 3 million acres of forest in the Northeast is poorly stocked from some combination of exploitive harvesting, poor soils, disease, or insect infestation. An additional 7.5 million acres is one poorly executed harvest away from being of degraded condition. Exploitive harvesting, also known as selective cutting, high-grading or diameter-limit…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on December 23, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments
A Perfect Day! Sunshine, good friends, the aroma of two-cycle oil and the dulcet tones of a growling chainsaw. It just doesn't get any better than that! That's Jim on the saw, piling up the rounds and chips.
We just received word from Jonathan Wordingham of the Ontario-Walworth…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on December 13, 2017 at 7:37pm — No Comments
Golden Goose Forestry
What do you call a dairy farmer who spends decades improving the genetics of a herd, then abruptly sells all the best animals to start a new herd from scraggly, unproven stock? Crazy, perhaps, or foolish at the very least, right? (Or maybe someone with a gambling debt).
Under normal circumstances, no livestock farmer culls their best animals to start over with random ones. Yet it’s common for a woodlot owner to sell all the large,…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 8, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments
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Forget About Reforestation
“Squirrels have been criticized for hiding nuts in various places for future use and then forgetting the places. Well, squirrels do not bother with minor details like that. They have other things…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 20, 2017 at 8:29pm — No Comments
Thanks for Giving
Many historians feel the Pilgrims would have all perished during the winter of 1620 if not for food provided by the Wampanoags, on whose land they settled. The following spring, the Wampanoags gave the Pilgrims seeds to plant, as well as a tutorial (possibly an App; we can’t be sure) on the production, storage and preservation of indigenous food crops including corn, beans, and squash.
That fall—no one is sure if it was October or…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 20, 2017 at 8:19pm — No Comments
I searched the web for New York State landowner liability and found the attached document. It looks a little dated but the content might be accurate.
Then I searched this site and noticed that the…Continue
Added by Tim Levatich on November 17, 2017 at 1:05pm — No Comments
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Two teams of Rotarians showed up for work today to transport and deliver 24 face cords of the finest C4C firewood. This firewood was pre-sold earlier in the year by The Rotary, with all of the purchase price going to support Camp Onseyawa, a camp for children with special needs. So far, C4C and The Rotary have donated approximately $2,500 to Camp Onseyawa (https://www.onseyawa.org/). In addition, please recall that C4C has already…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on October 10, 2017 at 6:01pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Peter Smallidge on June 21, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Wow, the email list has really expanded. I think that there are some…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on June 4, 2017 at 1:58pm — No Comments