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Pining for a Better memory

Pining for a Better Memory

During the Christmas holiday season, new memories will likely be made, and recollections of past seasons may be recounted as well. But the holiday season itself can aid in remembering events of long ago.

Speaking as a guy who can hide his own Easter eggs and still not find them all, I marvel how Father Christmas, who is a few years older than I am, manages to keep track of so many kids and presents. Lucky for us that the most enduring memories are those with… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 6, 2017 at 7:08am — No Comments

Forget About Reforestation

Forget About Reforestation

Paul Hetzler

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…


Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 20, 2017 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Giving Thanks

Thanks for Giving

Paul Hetzler

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…


Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 20, 2017 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Forest Landowner Liability

Hi, Everyone.

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…


Added by Tim Levatich on November 17, 2017 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - October 28, 2017 - Free Refills!

Time to begin refilling the stacks of C4C firewood for 2018 and the team got together on 28 OCT for some fun at The Deuel's.  Here's a picture of Dale preparing to ....take pictures.…


Added by Dean Faklis on November 6, 2017 at 11:31am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - October 7, 2017 - The BIG Haul!

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 (  In addition, please recall that C4C has already…


Added by Dean Faklis on October 10, 2017 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Controlling Thinning - Some Concepts and Methods

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 and there is a direct link below.

Ralph focused his presentation on three topics. 

  1. How much residual basal area (relative density) should you leave during a thinning? The short answer is 60% relative density, allowing regrowth to 80% before thinning again.…

Added by Peter Smallidge on June 21, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - June 3, 2017 - Happy Birthday C4C!

Happy Birthday!  C4C is one year old!  Congratulations to the entire Team! 

Wow, the email list has really expanded.  I think that there are some…


Added by Dean Faklis on June 4, 2017 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Tree Quiz

Tree Guys Don’t Know Anything          Paul Hetzler

What is an arborist?

1. What a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan calls herself/ himself.  

2. A person who has received extensive training in all aspects of tree care.  

3. As opposed to your borist.

Tree topping is:

1. A type of syrup that forest-industry workers prefer on their ice cream.  

2. An incorrect way to reduce a tree’s height, one which leads to a very weak and…


Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 23, 2017 at 8:15am — No Comments

Planting Tips

Only Bury Your Tree After It’s Dead

Paul Hetzler

In springtime, driving around on weekends makes me sad. Invariably I’ll pass someone out in their yard, shovel in hand, maybe with their kids or spouse, and they have a cute little tree from the garden center on one side of them, and a wicked deep hole in the ground on the other. If I wasn’t so shy, I’d stop and offer my condolences, because clearly they are having a funeral for the tree.

Here’s an arborist joke: What do…


Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 23, 2017 at 8:12am — No Comments

Maple Seed Crop

sorry fdor the NNY bias...feel free to use this any time/way you like, and to edit out the offending parochial sentiments.

Helicopters and Handkerchiefs: Signs of Stress

Paul Hetzler

Here is a forecast the entire region can bank on: this spring will be characterized by pollen storms, and in a related development, it will rain helicopters this summer. Don’t panic—it has nothing to do with aircraft. It has everything to do with stress.

Short-term, moderate…


Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 18, 2017 at 2:33pm — No Comments

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.…


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…


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:…


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

Woodland owners can obtain useful data from GEP.  GEP allows the user to draw property boundaries, locate positions…


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...…


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…


Added by Peter Smallidge on September 29, 2016 at 12:38pm — 3 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, 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 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.…

Added by Dean Faklis on September 18, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments


Forest Health

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health Mar 8. 0 Replies

Why Logs Are Important ---…Continue

Forest Adaptation Resources Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers

Started by Alicia Rose in Forest Health. Last reply by Carl DuPoldt Mar 1. 1 Reply

Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers, 2nd edition link --…Continue

New Forest Farm

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry Feb 15. 0 Replies

Welcome to New Forest Farmhttps://newforestfarm.usNew Forest Farm is a diverse Restoration Agriculture research site in the Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin.Founded and stewarded by the Shepard family…Continue

Dutch Elm Disease

Started by Bob Schumacher in Forest Health. Last reply by John McNerney Feb 3. 4 Replies

Our elm trees that have survived the last fifteen years of the disease being in our woods are looking very healthy.  I really enjoy the elms and we have a few very good size ones now.  I would lie some day to make some lumber with them.Continue

The Role of Insects and Diseases in Aspen Biology

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

The Role of Insects and Diseases in Aspen BiologyJohn Guyon, Forest Pathologist, USFS, Intermountain RegionDate: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 ----  Time: 12 pm (MST)   ----  …Continue

COMET-FARM - Greenhouse Gas Accounting System

Started by Alicia Rose in Agroforestry. Last reply by Alicia Rose Jan 25. 1 Reply

 COMET-Farm is a whole farm and ranch carbon and greenhouse gas accounting system. The tool guides you through describing your farm and ranch management practices including alternative future management scenarios. …Continue

Silvopasture Workshop

Started by Alicia Rose in Agroforestry. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn Jan 2. 1 Reply

Silvopasture Workshop 4-5, 2017La Crescent, MinnesotaThe University of Minnesota Extension,…Continue

Beech Leaf Disease

Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Tim Levatich Dec 1, 2017. 3 Replies

This just in...  Would be interested to know if anyone sees this in their woods come spring.…Continue



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