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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

Woods Walk Report - Miner Institute

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 31, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Woody biofuels - what's in your woodlot and how do you heat your home

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 27, 2011 at 11:55pm — 1 Comment

Making good use of http://CornellForestConnect.ning.com

Hi All:

 

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 27, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

150 Year Comparison of Tree Growth Rates - USFS Research

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 20, 2011 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Introduction to silviculture - webinar information, October 19, 2011



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."

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Intermediate Treatments - thin your woods (Univ. Minnesota)

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

Trees Grow Faster, Absorb more CO2

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 18, 2011 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Tree planting in NY - "Trees for Tribs"

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 15, 2011 at 9:25am — No Comments

The value of ecosystem services and development of ecosystem markets

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 15, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Wood pellets global economies

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 14, 2011 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Sustainable Forestry and Walktober

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 13, 2011 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Emerald Ash Borer Webinar - link to archive

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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 …

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 11, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Forum

Silvopasture Workshop

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

Silvopasture Workshop https://misanews.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/silvopasture-workshop/August 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.http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/portals/forestry/pdfs/BLDAlert.pdf…Continue

Landowner liability in NY

Started by Tim Levatich in Woodlot Management Nov 26, 2017. 0 Replies

Hi, Everyone.I searched the web for New York State landowner liability and found the document linked below. It looks a little dated but the content might be accurate.…Continue

inaturalist

Started by Alicia Rose in Agroforestry Nov 24, 2017. 0 Replies

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

Buckthorn Baggie

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Woodlot Management. Last reply by John McNerney Nov 8, 2017. 1 Reply

Buckthorn Baggie kills invasive trees without chemicals…Continue

Tamarack Tree - Some Links that may be of interest

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry Oct 29, 2017. 0 Replies

Tamarack: the unsolved mystery tree…Continue

Landfire

Started by Alicia Rose in Forest Health Oct 27, 2017. 0 Replies

During the Q & A session, many of you expressed interest in the comparison of LANDFIRE BpS and NRCS Ecological Site Descriptions. The attached report is also available online:…Continue

Vine ID

Started by Mark Domingos in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Dave McGill Sep 7, 2017. 1 Reply

Trying to identify this vine, grew about 12' this year and overtook a apple tree.…Continue

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