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…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on November 14, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on November 11, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on November 8, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on October 31, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on October 27, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on October 20, 2011 at 9:47pm — No Comments
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."
Added by Peter Smallidge on October 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on October 18, 2011 at 12:32pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on October 15, 2011 at 9:25am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on October 14, 2011 at 7:14pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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 …Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on October 11, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments