October 2011 Blog Posts (13)

Woods Walk Report - Miner Institute

Columbus Day brought nice weather and 30 people to a woods walk at the Miner Institute in Franklin County, NY.  The tour was hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County and the NY Forest Owners Association.  (see story by Richard Gast).  Some of the features included: discussion of the Flat Rock Sandstone…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 31, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Woody biofuels - what's in your woodlot and how do you heat your home

There is no shortage of interest and discussion in the personal use of woody biofuels, AKA firewood.  Without offering too much comment, I wanted to share some interesting links for those who spend time on this subject or are otherwise interested.

 

First, we (Connelly, Smallidge, and Allred) just finished a study on NYS Woodland Owners and their interest in woody biofuel.  A copy is attached to this blog or you can find a copy at this…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 27, 2011 at 11:55pm — 1 Comment

Making good use of http://CornellForestConnect.ning.com

Hi All:

 

There has been a wonderful and significant subscription to this site in response to recent news releases.  It seems reasonable to share some perspective on how you can make use of the site.  I want to share a few specific ideas on how I think this site can be optimally useful, and what the ForestConnect team is planning to provide.  Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with the blog (your current location), the forum, pictures, and events…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 27, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

150 Year Comparison of Tree Growth Rates - USFS Research

There has been speculation that changing environmental patterns would result in a growth decline of trees in the Northeast.  An interesting study by Bill Leak of the USFS NRS looked at a comparison of growth rates for sugar maple and American beech from samples collected in the late 1800's with 150 or more years of growth data.  The conclusion of this study was that there was no evidence for a growth decline.  The historic records showed 10-year diameter growth increments of 1.0 to 1.7…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 20, 2011 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Introduction to silviculture - webinar information, October 19, 2011



For those who missed the webinar on October 19, 2011, here is some background and the links to the recordings for "Introduction to Silvicultural Principles and Practices."

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Intermediate Treatments - thin your woods (Univ. Minnesota)

Nice video segmentof stand thinning, pruning, and more from the University of Minnesota Extension Forestry Program.  Includes information on both conifer and hardwood species.

Added by Peter Smallidge on October 18, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Trees Grow Faster, Absorb more CO2

Forest researchers from Michigan (working in Wisconsin) published on the results of a 12 year study evaluating the effects of elevated carbon dioxide and ozone on tree growth (story here).  Previous thinking assumed that althought he elevated CO2 would increase tree growth, that soil nitrogen would become limiting and the growth enhancement would be truncated.  The MI study found elevated growth even…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 18, 2011 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Tree planting in NY - "Trees for Tribs"

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation announced its tree planing "trees for tribs" program.  The tree planting program is a partnership of the DEC and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  More information on the program is available here.

 

Note, you prospective tree planters, CCE has a…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 15, 2011 at 9:25am — No Comments

The value of ecosystem services and development of ecosystem markets

The state of Maryland, via the governor and state department of natural resources has released its final report on a market based approach to recovering ecosystem services.  MD's connection to the Chesapeake is perhaps obvious and the report seeks to document equitable offsets when forest land is developed, and proposes programs that will encourage private sector involvement. 

 

Here is a link to the…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 15, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Wood pellets global economies

The Society of American Foresters shared a news storyabout the interface of North American forest products and European markets as relates to wood pellets.  There has been significant growth recently that is attributed to the European goal of reducing emissions by 2020.  The story reports on the relative environmental…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 14, 2011 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Sustainable Forestry and Walktober

Here is an interesting story from central CT and the practice of sustainable forestry on private lands (link to story).  It is nice to see some stories from the eastern US where private owners are unabashedly deciding to manage their forest in a fashion that is productive, aesthetic, conservation-minded, and sustainable.  But, I would argue, all the forestry we practice on private (or public) lands…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 13, 2011 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Emerald Ash Borer Webinar - link to archive

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The ForestConnect webinar on September 21, 2011 by Mark Whitmore was on the status and management update for emerald ash borer.  The archived webinars are now available. 

 

The noon webinar link is http://breeze.cce.cornell.edu/p48568789/

The 7PM webinar link is …

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 11, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Eastern white pine

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There is something special about eastern white pine (Pinus strobus).  It is some combination of its rich history in making America, the beauty of the tree growing among other white pine or mixed with hardwoods, the softness of the foliage, and its ability to colonize disturbed sites and grow, in some cases, to awesome…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 11, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Forum

Oldest Flowering Tree in North Americal

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health Oct 2. 0 Replies

Fossil of Oldest Flowering Tree in North America Discovered. And It Was Huge. -- https://www.livescience.com/63719-flowering-tree-fossil-cretaceous.htmlContinue

Slash and squirt control of Ailanthus

Started by Mark Horberg in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Peter Smallidge Sep 23. 5 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

inaturalist

Started by Alicia Rose in Agroforestry. Last reply by Linda Rohleder Sep 22. 1 Reply

Check out www.inaturalist.org Contribute to ScienceEvery observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. We share your findings with scientific…Continue

IPhone surveys

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Linda Rohleder Sep 22. 1 Reply

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

Agroforestry

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry Aug 11. 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

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

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