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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October 19, 2011.  An introduction to silvicultural practices for private woodlands. …

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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

Seeking advice on controlling oriental bittersweet

Started by Kristen Whitbeck in Woodlot Management 20 hours ago. 0 Replies

A student in my silviculture class is seeking relayed the scenario below. If anyone has any tips or tricks I will gladly pass them along. Thanks in advance!"Oriental bittersweet is choking out my mature white pine trees and my mature apple trees.…Continue

Tags: bittersweet, Oriental

Are Gall's a reason to cull Hickory trees?

Started by Thomas Wilson in Forest Health. Last reply by Ron Goodger on Tuesday. 8 Replies

I'll take a photo, but in the meantime....I have a lot of bitternut hickory and some shagbark as well.  I haven't yet noticed any on the shagbark, but about half of the bitternut have gall's.  They get up to about 3 inches in diameter.  Some tree's…Continue

Removal of grass around seedlings in pasture

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Peter Smallidge Mar 19. 11 Replies

Even after the timely discussion of "green lie" this week, I am still unsure of the best method to eliminate grassy vegetation around the pine, cedar and oak seedlings we are putting in this spring. I feel this is very important because we lost a…Continue

Saving Trees With Tree-Eating Mushrooms

Started by Lew Ward in Forest Health Feb 27. 0 Replies

Saving Trees With Tree-Eating MushroomsControl of Amellaria Shoe-string Rot Fungushttps://youtu.be/FPeBYnGwo4YContinue

Electric Fencing

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry Jan 21. 0 Replies

Electric Deer Fence WorkshopLuke Freeman hosted a workshop at the incubator farm in Fayetteville, AR to demonstrate the use of the solar-powered electric deer fence. Luke built the fence with help from Extension specialist Kenny Simon and County…Continue

Nitrogen fixing bacteria for Alder trees

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by chris S Jan 11. 5 Replies

I am thinking of starting some alder trees from seed for planting into an area that does not and has not hosted alders.  How can I gain the nitrogen fixing bacteria for inoculation of the roots ?  Continue

Beech control with triclopyr versus glyphosate

Started by Peter Smallidge in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn Nov 20, 2019. 3 Replies

[I'm pasting from a recent email thread]Question - I'm working on a couple beech regen and mid story control projects.   I have been using Garlon 4 in oil.   Works good, but sometimes I want it to move through the roots and the Garlon doesn't do…Continue

Norway Spruce stump treatment

Started by Alicia Rose in Woodlot Management Nov 4, 2019. 0 Replies

A urea application of a freshly cut Norway spruce stump surface. This treatment has been implemented as a management strategy to prevent the future crop and adjacent trees from Heterobasidion annosum infection. This is not common practice in Welsh…Continue

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