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Week Three Update of Rahma Forest Garden Campaign

RAHMA EDIBLE FOREST GARDEN CAMPAIGN WEEK THREE UPDATE

http://www.indiegogo.com/Rahma-Free-Health-Clinic-Edible-Forest-Garden



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…

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Added by Frank Cetera on March 6, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Emerald Ash Borer - Considerations for Planning- Research and the Real World

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:…

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Added by Rebecca Hargrave on February 28, 2012 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Managing Forest Vegetation Using Herbicides - webinar

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,…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on February 16, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments

NY labeled herbicides to control swallow wort

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on February 15, 2012 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

Best Practices for Timber Production (webinar details and more)

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on January 18, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Links to woodlot / sugarbush management webinars during NY Maple Conference

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on January 13, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Emerald Ash Borer Map Updates

The latest Emerald Ash Borer maps are up at our NY Invasive Species web site: http://nyis.info/eab at http://www.nyis.info/index.php?action=eab_maps.

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…

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Added by Rebecca Hargrave on January 13, 2012 at 10:35am — No Comments

The value of forests

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on January 3, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Private forest taxation policy position - Society of American Foresters

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on January 2, 2012 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Private Forests - A World View

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:

  • Shade…
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Added by Peter Smallidge on January 2, 2012 at 11:34am — No Comments

Protecting hardwood seedlings from deer

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on December 22, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Our nation's worst ecological disaster - American Chestnut

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on December 21, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

on Mushrooms, Ducks, and Healthy Forests

"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

Walnuts and climate change

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.

 

http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/research/2011/111128JacobsWalnut.html

Added by Jeff Jourdain on November 30, 2011 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Education for private forest landowners

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 30, 2011 at 1:16am — No Comments

Summary notes from recent Silvopasture Conference

"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…

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Added by Steve Gabriel on November 22, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments

Linking forests and water - new USDA Forest Service project "Forest to Faucets"

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

 

The…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 21, 2011 at 3:05pm — No Comments

New York Times - Sunday - November 20, 2011 - Hydro Fracking

Reminding you again to read a terrifying article… Fracking in Pennsylvania, NYT Magazine, today.
 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/magazine/fracking-amwell-township.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

Added by Carl DuPoldt on November 20, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Thousand Cankers Disease - New Website at Purdue University

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.

 

Purdue Develops Website on Thousand Cankers Disease

Purdue University (November 2) - Purdue University researchers have helped develop a …

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 15, 2011 at 6:49am — No Comments

Forum

IPhone surveys

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management on Wednesday. 0 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

Slash and squirt control of Ailanthus

Started by Mark Horberg in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Kevin Mathers Jun 22. 3 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

Urban Forestry Presentation Link

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health May 24. 0 Replies

Urban Forestry Presentation Link ---- …Continue

Stone Walls

Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management May 14. 0 Replies

One of my first "real" jobs in forestry in the mid-1990's was in southern New England.  Although I had seen some stone walls here and there growing up in NY, I had never seen stone walls like those of coastal New England.  I remember one property on…Continue

Do Trees Talk to each other? See Video

Started by Alicia Rose in Forest Health Apr 24. 0 Replies

Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other | TED TalkVideo for How trees communicate with each other▶ 18:19https://www.ted.com/.../suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_…Continue

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 -- https://www.fs.fed.us/nrs/pubs/gtr/gtr_nrs87-2.pdf---------------------Adaptive…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

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