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Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - May 23, 2018 - Making Progress...

Just a quick post to show some pics from last Wednesday and as a reminder to mark your calendar for the next bimonthly event on June 9 at David and Celia's place just outside of Avon, NY.  More on that below.....

Here's Jim whittling logs down to size:

And here's David…

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Added by Dean Faklis on May 28, 2018 at 5:49am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - May 9, 2018 - New Gear at the Landing!

The NYFOA C4C Team operates like a well-oiled machine and it just acquired a new....well-oiled machine!  With special thanks to Runnings - Brockport and John Schumacher, C4C purchased a brand new log splitter complete with Kohler engine.  Runnings gave a big discount and had its team assemble and prepare the splitter for C4C's service. 

NYFOA's Greg Lessord was key to this acquisition and mentions, "It's a Black Diamond 25-ton vertical and horizontal splitter on a tow-behind…

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Added by Dean Faklis on May 9, 2018 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Growing Black Locust in NYS

Black locust is one of the most rot resistant woods native to North America.  Straight black locust posts and poles are in demand by grape and hop growers, and organic farmers who wish to fence in livestock or fence out deer.  The heartwood of locust trees is the most resistant to decay so larger diameter material will be the longest lasting. 

NYS-DEC considers black locust to be invasive and there are restrictions on planting black locust in certain areas of NYS.  Before considering…

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Added by Carl Albers on April 29, 2018 at 9:09am — 2 Comments

Ticked off about Lyme

Ticked Off

The downside of nice weather is that ticks like it too. Blackflies and mosquitoes can take the fun out of a day of hiking or gardening, but a single deer tick can ruin a whole summer if it transmits Lyme or other serious disease. Fortunately, there’s a relatively new tool in the battle against deer ticks: mice.

As recently as fifteen years ago in northern NY state it was rare to find a single black-legged tick, commonly known as a deer tick, on your person even after…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on April 28, 2018 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Arbor Day

What is an Arbor, Anyway?



Muskrat Day. Velcro Appreciation Month. Hair Follicle Hygiene Week. Arbor Day. You know it’s an obscure event when the greeting-card trade hasn’t bothered to capitalize on it. I like to think the industry knows Arbor Day is worthy of a Hallmark line, but that they’ve decided to honor its spirit by conserving paper. (C’mon, it’s possible.) While not the best-known observance, Arbor Day has a respectable history, as well as a local… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on April 25, 2018 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Science Under Fire

Theory of Language

I’m amazed how communication, more complex than a spider web and far more fragile, actually seems to work from time to time. Even among those who share a common tongue, each has an internal dictionary, none of which entirely agrees with the next person’s. My wife is francophone, which adds a layer of complexity to the challenge of sharing ideas in a relationship.

But an even bigger issue can arise when folks fail to notice they’re speaking different…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on April 23, 2018 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Growing Nut Trees in NYS

Nuts are good for your health; they are truly super foods.  Like anything else worthwhile they do require a bit of work to grow, harvest and make use of.  However, doing so can be rewarding and is a way to add some healthy, locally grown food to your diet.  The best adapted nut species for NYS are black walnuts, butternuts, chestnuts (depending on your hardiness zone,) hazelnuts, and shagbark hickories.

Hazelnuts are easy to grow and come into production in roughly 4 to 5 years…

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Added by Carl Albers on April 20, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - April 7, 2018 - Spring Ahead!

Dean:  "David, how many logs are left on the landing?"  David:  "Only a few.  I think there are 4 or 5 face cords.  An easy day." 

Eleven face cords later, and the team is still ready for more!

When our partners at Wagner Hardwoods deliver logs, they do it very carefully and stack the pile well off the ground on "stringer" logs so that there is plenty of room for air to flow.  In addition, having the logs off the ground keeps them clean and dry and makes it easy…

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Added by Dean Faklis on April 12, 2018 at 8:46am — No Comments

Agroforestry: Log-grown Shiitake Mushrooms

Let Them Eat Wood

Nearly all historians agree Marie Antoinette probably never coined the phrase “Let them eat cake,” a saying already in popular culture before her time. The phrase was ascribed to her by opponents to bolster her reputation as callous and arrogant. She would have seemed far more benevolent if she had said “Let them eat wood.”

From remote villages to five-star urban restaurants, people around the world consume all manner of delectable dishes featuring second-hand…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 28, 2018 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Good Forestry Critical to Water Resources

(Note: This is by Joe Hovels, a longtime forester and proponent of good silviculture from Wisconsin. If you like this essay, consider signing up for his newsletter Wisconsin Partnerships in Forestry at logcabin@nnex.net)

Water:A Tragedy of Responsibility Joe Hovels, Wisconsin Partnerships in Forestry Environmental problems place great constraint on all societies. The response of the society, its leaders in particular, determines the…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 26, 2018 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Adopt a Trap Tree this Spring

Trap Trees

When I hear the phrase “trap tree,” an image of Charlie Brown’s kite-eating tree in the Peanuts comic strip comes immediately to mind. But trap trees, or sentinel trees, are meant to nab a much smaller airborne object, the emerald ash borer (EAB).

The idea is to make certain ash trees more attractive to EAB, to serve both as a monitoring tool and as a means of slowing the rate of ash death. Early in the growing season, a chosen ash tree is…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 24, 2018 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Life's a Beech Sometimes

(Note: This is intended as a resource to pass along to general audiences as an introduction to the issue. Peter has loads of detailed information on beech thickets on his blog and elsewhere, so the only thing Forestconnect members will gain form reading this is possibly a smile.)

Beech Gone Wild

The sturdy, long-lived and stately American beech, Fagus grandifolia, has been slowly dying out since 1920, when a tiny European insect pest was accidentally released…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 7, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Woodpeckers help locate EAB infestation

This is the best time of year for finding EAB infestations. Several localized ash trees with woodpecker damage is a good sign to followup. Take pictures, gps coordinates and report new infestations (especially finds not mapped by DEC) to: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/72136.html

I found this tree while out walking my dogs, I would have been skiing if there was enough snow. I returned to peel and verify using a draw knife. Then…

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Added by Michael Griggs on February 27, 2018 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - February 10, 2018 - Rotary of Walworth-Ontario Comes to Work!

Winter continues in full force and the need for firewood is relentless.  Our partners at the Rotary of Walworth-Ontario continue to raise funds for Camp Onseyawa (https://www.onseyawa.org/) through the sale of C4C firewood.  Camp Onseyawa is a special place for children with special needs and our region's Rotarians make it all happen.

While I was sitting by the fire on January 26 and 27, the C4C team worked hard on the fine, seasoned ash…

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Added by Dean Faklis on February 16, 2018 at 11:12am — No Comments

Invasive Forest Pests: ISAW is February 26-March 3

Invasive Species Awareness Week



In Grade 3, a brilliant joke made the rounds. We’d hold up a sheet of blank white paper and announce it was a polar bear in a snowstorm. Genius is relative for kids. But the first time I drove into a whiteout made me realize how accurate that “art” project was. Anything can hide behind a veneer of snow.



This leads me to ask why February 26-March 3 was chosen as “National Invasive Species Awareness Week.” By this time of year, our awareness… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on February 12, 2018 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Forest-tent Caterpillars

Not in Tents, Just Intense



Winter is not a season when people think about tents, except maybe to be glad they do not live in one. I do have friends who love winter camping, and the fact they have never extended an invitation is evidence of how much they value our friendship.



Oddly enough, winter is a crucial time to look for signs of forest-tent caterpillars (FTC). In spite of their name, FTC do not weave a silken tent-like nest as do the eastern-tent caterpillar and other… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 26, 2018 at 2:19am — 4 Comments

New Online Tool Helps Producers Estimate Carbon Stored in Soil --- https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/home/?cid=STELPRDB1119532 ;---------------------- New Online Tool Helps Pr…

New Online Tool Helps Producers Estimate Carbon Stored in Soil --- https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/home/?cid=STELPRDB1119532 ;

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New Online Tool Helps Producers Estimate Carbon Stored in Soil ---…

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Added by Alicia Rose on January 25, 2018 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Forest Regeneration Strategies at the Arnot

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.

Added by Brett Chedzoy on January 16, 2018 at 6:40pm — 20 Comments

Preventing Tree Breakage

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…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 14, 2018 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - January 10, 2018 - Flash Mob!

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…

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Added by Dean Faklis on January 12, 2018 at 5:28pm — No Comments

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controlling beech

Started by robert dalbo in Woodlot Management. Last reply by robert dalbo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

I have a section on my property approximately 5 acres with mature oak and maples 18 to 20 inches, well spaced, but the understory is a combination of beech and ferns. I have cut some beech and sprayed some the ferns with mediocre success. I do not…Continue

New film & resources to help YOU save forests!

Started by Lew Ward in Woodlot Management Nov 19. 0 Replies

'New film & resources to help YOU save forests!A new, short, animated (and…Continue

Tags: Management, Growth, Old

IPhone surveys

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Jim Martin Oct 27. 2 Replies

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

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

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