RAHMA EDIBLE FOREST GARDEN CAMPAIGN WEEK THREE UPDATE
FIRST, THANK YOU
First, a thank you to our newest donors who have helped us reach the 20% level of our funding goal, with $375 online and $25 offline donations. We have 47 days left in…
Added by Frank Cetera on March 6, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments
There is a new Emerald Ash Borer article out that evaluates different urban forest treatment options and weighs the pro and cons of each. And a recent tale from Fort Wayne, Indiana- which is trying to implement their plan.
This is a complex situation, all the more reason to stop, ask deliberate questions and make thoughtful decisions.
Economic Analysis of EAB Management Options:…Continue
Added by Rebecca Hargrave on February 28, 2012 at 5:34pm — No Comments
Forestry labeled herbicides can be an effective means of controlling undesirable forest vegetation and may present fewer risks to the forest manager when compared to the use of chainsaws or brush saws. They are used for achieving many objectives including: establishing desirable regeneration, increasing tree growth and timber production, creating and enhancing wildlife habitat, and controlling non-native/invasive plants. This webinar highlighted forestry herbicide application methods,…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on February 16, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments
Today's webinar on forest herbicide control of vegetation raised some questions about herbicides to control swallow wort. I will provide a summary here, but note that herbicides are regulated and should not be used indiscriminately. Read and follow the label. Also, note that each state has differently label details, or may have, so review your state's regulations. Feel free to post links to other states as comments to this blog.
It is important to note that the exemption labels…Continue
Many woodlot owners and maple producers are interested in better sawtimber production from their land. Ten core best practices will help maple producers or woodland owners improve the volume and value of timber on their property. Participants will learn about principles and strategies related to topics such as: why fast growth is important, the role of foresters and loggers, avoiding high-grading, protecting against…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on January 18, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Added by Carl DuPoldt on January 16, 2012 at 4:38pm — No Comments
At the biggest maple producer conference in North America, the NYS Maple Producers Association Winter meeting at the Veron Verona Sherill School, the woodlot/sugarbush management seminars were recorded as webinars to make them available to a broader audience. This was a bit of an experiment, and we learned a few tricks, but also have something to share.
Following are the titles, links to the recording, and bit of a terse…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on January 13, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Included in the update is a new NYS Map and a new series of Treatment Zone maps based around each outbreak location. Treatment Zones are areas where we recommend considering your treatment options for EAB, as…Continue
Added by Rebecca Hargrave on January 13, 2012 at 10:35am — No Comments
The National Association of State Foresters, a group that supports the efforts of the state agency foresters throughout the country, conducted a survey of voters in 2011, the International Year of the Forest. As reported in this article, there are some interesting economic impacts of forests:
"In a struggling economy, we can…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on January 3, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) has reissued its position statement on the taxation of private lands. In NY, land taxes hover at the top of the list of concerns held by private forest owners. The full SAF position is here, and the summary position is pasted below.
From the SAF eforester website
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) believes federal…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on January 2, 2012 at 12:18pm — No Comments
Although this blog is generally geared towards the sustainable management of private forests/woodlands in the Northeast, this recent article on how private forests are managed in other countries caught my attention. I think it offers some interesting perspectives on the utilization of these forests, all of which support societal needs and typically at some cost to the owner. For example:
Added by Peter Smallidge on January 2, 2012 at 11:34am — No Comments
A recent blog about the impact of deer has been of interest to many. I came across this link to a story about strategies to protect seedlings from deer, at least from browsing the terminal buds. Check out the site here. The story relates to oak, but would likely have application with all hardwoods.
Are there other strategies that have proven efficient and effective? Offer…Continue
The blight of American Chestnut, first noticed from the early years of the 1900's and spreading throughout the range of this mighty giant, has been described as the nation's worst ecological disaster. A species that was once up to 40% of some forest ecosystems and occurred throughout most eastern states has been reduced in current forests to a minor component. There is great hope and energy to reverse this pattern. The story of the once mighty, but now diminished, tree that served society…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on December 21, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments
"This polyculture is but one small story I am beginning to write. It is one piece of a larger "book" that outlines how value can be put back into northeastern woodlots, which is part of a "genre" of strategies for integrating systems in agriculture and forestry."
see full article: www.WorkWithNatureDesign.com
Added by Steve Gabriel on December 11, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Jeff Jourdain on November 30, 2011 at 6:54pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on November 30, 2011 at 1:16am — No Comments
"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…
Added by Steve Gabriel on November 22, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments
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.
Added by Peter Smallidge on November 21, 2011 at 3:05pm — No Comments
Reminding you again to read a terrifying article… Fracking in Pennsylvania, NYT Magazine, today.
Added by Carl DuPoldt on November 20, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Peter Smallidge on November 15, 2011 at 6:49am — No Comments