November 2011 Blog Posts (14)

Walnuts and climate change

This in from Purdue about walnuts and climate change.  While maybe not a big deal for Western Mass it may be a bigger deal for those of you in walnut country in NY and PA.

 

http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/research/2011/111128JacobsWalnut.html

Added by Jeff Jourdain on November 30, 2011 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Education for private forest landowners

Private forest owners throughout the country have access to a wide variety of educational opportunities through their local Cooperative Extension and their partners.  In New York, private woodland owners have access to education on topics that span the range of those within timber, woodlands, wildlife, water, agroforestry, etc.  These topics are available via workshops, bulletins, webinars, conferences, and trained volunteers.  So, what's the point?  The ForestConnect program is part of a…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 30, 2011 at 1:16am — No Comments

Summary notes from recent Silvopasture Conference

"Farmers and foresters who are looking for systems where they can put animals out to pasture or plant crops with little interaction until harvesting will not be good silvopasture candidates. Those that enjoy watching their animals, observing their plantings, taking good notes, and making small adjustments all season long will reap the benefits of increased economic and ecological health.



We also cannot wait for research to provide all the answers, though coordination between sites…

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Added by Steve Gabriel on November 22, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments

Linking forests and water - new USDA Forest Service project "Forest to Faucets"

Forests and fresh drinking water are inextricably linked.  We all live in a watershed and our actions affect those downstream to greater or lesser extent, positively or negatively.  The USDA Forest Service has recently released a new project called "Forest to Faucets" with extensive documentation and interactive maps.  The project description is below or linked HERE

 

The…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 21, 2011 at 3:05pm — No Comments

New York Times - Sunday - November 20, 2011 - Hydro Fracking

Reminding you again to read a terrifying article… Fracking in Pennsylvania, NYT Magazine, today.
 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/magazine/fracking-amwell-township.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

Added by Carl DuPoldt on November 20, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Thousand Cankers Disease - New Website at Purdue University

Thousand cankers disease affects walnuts in the western US and threatens walnuts in the east.  I found this new resource thanks to the Society of American Foresterse-Forester news letter.

 

Purdue Develops Website on Thousand Cankers Disease

Purdue University (November 2) - Purdue University researchers have helped develop a …

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 15, 2011 at 6:49am — No Comments

Invasive plants - presentations and webinar available

Invasive plants can cause considerable damage to forest (and other) ecosystem, limiting productivity, diversity, access, aesthetic appeal.  Control of these species can be expensive, and not done correctly can further aggravate ecological problems.

 

I have two recent presentations that might be of interest.  One presentation was offered for the Cornell University Cooperative Extension in-service training on November 15 - 17, 2011 in Ithaca, NY.  This training was for CCE…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 14, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Creating a silvopasture - adding trees to a pasture

An interesting story about a livestock farmer who is adding trees to the pasture.  He has focused on creating swales and establishing fruit trees.  The farm is based in Bloomington, IN.  The story (see the link) has some nice photos and diagrams of the design. 

 

The author mentions films by Geoff Lawton, but I have not seen these.

Added by Peter Smallidge on November 11, 2011 at 12:42am — No Comments

Controlling buckthorn with hogs

I found this story about an application of silvopasture to both use the pasture of the woods, but to do so and deliberately control undesired vegetation....the plant we love to hate Rhamnus cathartica (European buckthorn).  This farmer is aware of the concerns of silvopasture, potential for compaction and damage to residual trees, but also alert to the value that it brings.  The…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 11, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Silvopasture Conference a Great Success

The first (but not last) Northeastern Silvopasture Conference occurred November 7-8, 2011 in Watkins Glen, NY; it was hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County.  The conference was fully successful in its intent of bringing together the types of people who would be important in the silvopasture discussion and forming some ideas for how to share the opportunities of silvopasture with those who would benefit from what it offers.  The types of people attending the conference…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 10, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Information about trees and plants

We all can benefit from the networks we access.  I just gave a presentation at the Northeastern Silvopasture Conference in Watkins Glen about things that graziers should know about forestry.  One aspect of the presentation was the need to learn about the biology of tree and other plant species that occur in areas that might be used for silvopasture.  During the discussion, we talked about where to find information that describes the characteristics of these plants.  I knew of one resource…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 8, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Impact of Deer on Forests

As deer hunting season approaches, or continues as the case may be for early archery season, a recent post about the contribution of hunters to others in their community via "Hunters for the Hungry" reminded me of the important contribution that deer hunting can make to the health and sustainability of our hardwood…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 4, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Women Managing Woodlands

Our friends in PA have done a great job at connecting with women as woodland owners and managers.  A recent training workshop shared a variety of skills sessions with female woodland owners.  Kudos to the Keystone state.

Added by Peter Smallidge on November 3, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Supreme Court requested to act on ninth court ruling for working forest roads as point source

The issue of whether or not forest roads serve as a point source for water pollution or fall under the provisions of non-point source remains an open question.  Recent actionsby the Attorney's General in 26 states and industry/owner groups have requested action and review by the Supreme Court. 

 

If other have information on…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 3, 2011 at 6:14pm — 1 Comment

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Silvopasture in Wisconsin: Goals, Challenges, and other Fodder for Thought

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry May 9. 0 Replies

Silvopasture in Wisconsin: Goals, Challenges, and other Fodder for ThoughtWednesday, May 29, 2019 at 11:00am (CDT)Diane MayerfeldSustainable Agriculture Coordinator, UW-Extension, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) -…Continue

Small acreage logging project

Started by WJ Rodenhouse in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Lew Ward Apr 22. 1 Reply

A friend asked me what types of protections he should include in agreement with logger when having his 10 acre forest logged. I thought maybe some of you could provide insight. Logger stated Workman's comp wasn't needed in a family business.Thanks!Continue

Western Larch Question

Started by Alex Harmon in Wildlife Management. Last reply by Pamela Dallaire Mar 30. 2 Replies

Would a Western Larch (tree) NOT lose its needles during fall and winter if it was kept indoors? / what causes it to lose its needles(temperature change, change in length of days)? IF YOU KNOW THE ANSWER PLEASE REPLY!!!!!! NOT KNOWING IS KILLING ME!!Continue

How tree diversity affects invasive forest pests

Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Mar 27. 1 Reply

A long-standing tenet in forestry is that healthier and more diverse woods are typically more resilient to stress factors and pest.  This holds true in most cases, but there are the notable exceptions like EAB.This article from the "Morning Ag…Continue

480a disqualification after EAB

Started by Bill Pontius in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Bill Pontius Mar 17. 4 Replies

Here's a hypothetical question (hopefully). If an ash stand no longer has sufficient density to qualify for the 480a program following ash borer invasion, and if that stand is necessary for having more than 50 acres for the program, what happens?…Continue

Renewable Jet Fuel from Woody Biomass

Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management Feb 27. 0 Replies

The carbon footprint of air travel is currently being scrutinized in the news.  Here's a renewable energy angle that probably won't be covered in the mainstream media: …Continue

Re wilding landscapes in New York with large mammals

Started by Jonathan Bates in Wildlife Management Feb 25. 0 Replies

Hello folks. Love to chat with you about re-wilding landscapes in NY. Here is a neat video about a successful project in Britain: …Continue

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