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Conifer Tree Identification - Webinar and Resources

Conifers are an important and visually distinct component of the northeastern landscape.  They are important because of those qualities that allow them to be utilized for lumber, pulp, biofuels, fence posts, etc.  They are also important because of the diversity they bring to the woods for wildlife, aesthetics, and watershed protection.  Learning to identify conifers is fun, and relatively easy given the few common species we will find in a local woodlot.



The webinar on conifer…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on February 20, 2013 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Hardwood Tree Identification - Webinar and Resources

Hardwood tree identification is an important first step towards understanding and valuing our woodlots.  Once we can identify each species, we can begin to assign different values to those species, and the roles they play in helping us achieve (or impede) our ownership objectives. 

Hardwood tree identification goes beyond looking at leaves.  Leaves are apparent for only a few months of the year, and even then leaves are…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on January 17, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments

Forest Owner Tax Tips 2012

Hi All:

Tax tips to help you obtain your legal tax savings associated with timber related revenue.

Pete

TaxTips2012-Final.pdf

Added by Peter Smallidge on January 14, 2013 at 11:50am — No Comments

Woodland Owner Timber Tax Guide

Hi All:

This just out from our friends at the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area.

For your information and for sharing…

Just posted on the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area website. A new/updated publication titled Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Quick Guide for Woodland Owners   This document is a the 4th version of a document that started as the Federal Income Tax on…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on January 9, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Stressors of Forest Trees - Managing for Forest Productivity

Stress is a common and normal component of trees in forests and sugarbushes.  Stress can be classified by a number of factors, including duration, extent, severity, source, and the context of the tree.  By understanding the stress agents that trees must contend with, owners and managers can anticipate the problem, help forests develop in ways that the likelihood of stress is reduced, reduce the impact of the stress on the trees and ensure that recovery from stress is a thorough and…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on December 19, 2012 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Timber Harvesting - Working with Foresters and Loggers

Woodlot owners who are interested in harvesting trees will want to work with carefully chosen foresters and loggers.  Many good foresters and loggers are available, and they can help owners accomplish their ownership objectives.  Laurel Gailor of CCE Warren offered a webinar on this topic on November 21, 2012.  Links and attached files are available here.

noon recording

Evening recording…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 21, 2012 at 5:37pm — 1 Comment

Adirondacks - Private lands become public

For those with interest in the public/private land transfer debate, or in the use of lands in the NY Adirondack Park, this will be of interest. Lands originally owned by Finch-Pruyn were sold several years ago to the Nature Conservancy and remained managed forest land. As the lands move into state ownership, if they are within the Adirondack Park boundary (AKA "the blue line") they will become forever wild. This linked article below suggests there are (which I don't doubt) some aesthetically… Continue

Added by Peter Smallidge on November 19, 2012 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Forests as carbon sinks

For those of you tracking the conversation about the role of forests as a carbon sink, here is a recent post addressing the IUFRO's anticipated list of non-negotiable thresholds. Basically, forests need to consider biodiversity and local people/communities, not just maximize carbon sequestration. Link is here.…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 19, 2012 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Woodland owners of Britain

I thought a discussion of woodland owners in G.B. was interesting (here).  The article give a brief profile of a few owners, why they bought their land, what they plan, and the arrangements of ownership. It seems there is some concern in that region about a fungus that is killing the ash trees, which they call "ash decline."  This seems to be different from what we know as "ash decline" in…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 11, 2012 at 8:11am — 1 Comment

Management for the Next Forest - Forest Regeneration

Today's ForestConnect webinar was on the topic of "Management for the Next Forest."  More simply stated, what barriers limit successful forest regeneration, and what management options will overcome these barriers.  This is a topic that attracts some broad attention.  However, patterns of forest regeneration vary across the Northeast, with fewer restrictions often where there are fewer deer.  Deer and interfering vegetation are the common barriers that many owners and managers…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 17, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Webinar - Land Ownership and Transfer: Options and Opportunities

The ForestConnect webinar on June 20, 2012 focused on understanding the legal implications of different options and opportunities for transferring land from one owner to another.  Typically this might involve transfers between generations, but other transfers were addressed.  Attorney Elizabeth Sillin offered an outstanding context to understand the different types of ownership transfer options, and provided examples for how those transfers might be implemented.  For those interested in this…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on June 25, 2012 at 7:47am — No Comments

Beech management - testing strategies

I recently had the good fortune to join a group hosted by the foresters at Landvest near Kane, PA for a walk and talk in the woods.  There were 8 of us in total, from Landvest, PSU Cooperative Extension, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, and Cotton-Hanlon. Beech is a nice species, but due to the confluence of invasive insect & fungus, the tree interferes with other species and a multitude of ownership objectives.  The question at hand, as a general context for the gathering, was…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on June 20, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Honey bee selection of native trees - webinar

Dr. Thomas Seeley never ceases to impress audiences with the clarity and richness of his presentations.  Today's webinar was no different.  Participants learned the key features of a desirable honey bee hive tree, how the scout bees communicate and debate the virtues of the tree they visited, and the process of moving the swarm into their new home. To quote one participant commenting about the quality of the webinar... "David Attenborough couldn't have done it…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on May 16, 2012 at 8:11pm — 1 Comment

Emerald Ash Borer Webinar April 18, 2012

My thanks to Mark Whitmore for a great webinar on EAB status, management and pesticide guidelines.  My apologies for the delay in providing links to the webinar recording.  As you will see, there are reasons to remain optimistic about the near term future of ash, but also some essential planning that must take place.

Noon webinar link here

Evening webinar link…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on May 16, 2012 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Tracking Pests with Growing Degree Days

Insects rely on warm temperatures to grow, and thus their emergence and life cycle progression can be tracked by tracking the "heating units" that accumulate each day. This is referred to as growing degree days.

Growing degree days (GDD) are calculated by average the high and low temperature for the day and subtracting 50 (base 50). The positive remainder is added to the cumulative total of GDD. For more information on GDD and how to calculate the go to:…

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Added by Rebecca Hargrave on May 3, 2012 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Lumber from local woodlots

Here is a nice story about creating lumber from your woodlot.  (here)  Tom Gavin has an interesting blog about a variety of topics. 

Below are some pictures of a fifth generation Wood Mizer, unrelated to the above story link.…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on April 11, 2012 at 11:43am — No Comments

EAB in Dutchess County

Recent news: The Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Dutchess County, across from the large Ulster and Greene County infestation. This is the first EAB find east of the Hudson River. See the 2011 maps at http://www.nyis.info/index.php?action=eab_maps

The new location is not yet on the map.

Added by Rebecca Hargrave on March 28, 2012 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Arbor Day Ideas

Arbor Day is Coming! Are you ready?

There are lots of things you can do to celebrate Arbor Day. Traditionally we plant a tree, have the Mayor read a proclamation, and get our picture taken by Frank with the paper. But, there are other things you can do. If you're, like me, concerned about the Emerald Ash Borer, or other forest health issue, you can use the day to bring some attention to it.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Take part in an Ash Tagging event. Contact your local…
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Added by Rebecca Hargrave on March 28, 2012 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Pest ID Resources

During the "How Pests Pester your Trees" webinar today, I was asked what references I use. I use a lot. Here is a short list. Some of these are for keying out, some would be used for verification of ID. Most of these do not include management recommendations; that's a different list!

Books I use (and I use mostly books for initial ID):

Insects that Feed on Trees and Shrubs. Johnson and Lyon. Cornell University Press:…

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Added by Rebecca Hargrave on March 21, 2012 at 3:47pm — 1 Comment

Maple syrup season...good so far

The maple syrup season at Cornell's Arnot Forest has been good so far.  We started production earlier than usual, and currently have about 60% of an average crop.  We average 500 gallons per year; currently we have 285 gallons with more as I type.  The weather is optimistically good through the beginning of next week.  We are looking forward to another great Maple Weekend on March 17 and 18.

The…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on March 7, 2012 at 4:10pm — No Comments

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480a disqualification after EAB

Started by Bill Pontius in Woodlot Management Jan 4. 0 Replies

Here's a hypothetical question (hopefully). If an ash stand no longer has sufficient density to qualify for the 480a program following ash borer invasion, and if that stand is necessary for having more than 50 acres for the program, what happens?…Continue

controlling beech

Started by robert dalbo in Woodlot Management. Last reply by robert dalbo Dec 11, 2018. 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, 2018. 0 Replies

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

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IPhone surveys

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Jim Martin Oct 27, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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