On March 11, 2021 we had the pleasure of working with colleagues from Yale School of Forestry (Dr. Joe Orefice) and a private consultant (Jeff Jourdain) to zoom with natural resource professional of the NY Soil and Water Conservation District Annual meeting. The session we offered was titled "Restoring Ecological Function and Production to Woodlands." This blog is our way to share documents mentioned during that training or otherwise of interest to participants and practitioners in…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on March 2, 2021 at 4:30pm — No Comments
The 2020 webinar season started and ended with presentations about pollinators.
I'll add to this blog over the next few days. Check back as I gather more information to share.
The February webinar was by Dr. Sheldon Owen of West Virginia University. The archive is linked here.
Habitat needs and management for the Monarch…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on December 16, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments
There is no shortage of evidence to document that deer negatively impact the forest
regeneration process. A presentation on 12/8/2020 for Penn State University Cooperative Extension addressed the basic strategies to limit deer impacts and some tactics within the deer exclusion strategy.
Slides 2 and 3 include several resources that relate to the topic, include links to scientific papers that are publicly accessible.
The presentation here as a pdf. …Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on December 8, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments
With the close of 2020, and the 4th year of the sugarbush thinning project at
Cornell's Arnot Forest, I preparing for a variety of "maple schools" that will happen. With the pressures of covid, most of these will be online.
Some people will benefit from a printed copy of my presentation, which I share here. I'll make updates as necessary.
Link to the most current version of the sugarbush thinning presentation.
(full slides) …Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on December 7, 2020 at 11:29am — No Comments
This blog is a link to the webinar on this topic on Wednesday March 18, 2020.
Best Practices on a Small Wooded Acreage.
Many woodland owners have parcels that are “small” compared to other owners. These parcels are endearing to the owners, and provide many opportunities for activities to ensure they remain healthy and support the owner’s interests.…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on March 15, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Currently there are some ares of NY (and the NE) where the emerald ash borer (EAB) impact has resulted in significant mortality of ash, yet other areas without evidence of mortality. The unfortunate reality is that EAB will almost certainly infest all acres of NY woodlands that have ash, and the result will be widespread mortality.
There are efforts at finding biocontrol agents, and we can remain optimistic that those will prove effective. These scientists are suggesting that while…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on August 20, 2019 at 8:39am — No Comments
The attached was provided at the New England Society of American Foresters meeting in Burlington, VT.
Many woodland owners harvest timber, yet wonder how to handle (optimize) the tax liability. The "go to" website is www.timbertax.org
Another resource is from the USFS Timber Tax team and their annual timber tax "tips" attached here TaxTips2018.pdf
Added by Peter Smallidge on November 20, 2018 at 12:46pm — No Comments
If you enjoy working in your woodlot and struggle with the undesirable trees that you may not have time and skill to safely fell, this study is designed to find a solution for you.
Many woodland owners have a large number of undesirable trees, or large trees, they would like to kill, yet they lack the skill or time to safely fell these trees. Felling also may not be desirable because of the risk of damage to nearby…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on September 30, 2018 at 7:41pm — No Comments
Cornell's ForestConnect program is facilitating a network of forest vegetation practitioners to identify research needs and collectively build knowledge of safe and effective techniques. This network will focus on vegetation management in forest and woodlot environments using herbicide, mechanical or livestock methods.
You can help this network and identify needs…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on September 5, 2018 at 9:01am — No Comments
Almost 3 million acres of forest in the Northeast is poorly stocked from some combination of exploitive harvesting, poor soils, disease, or insect infestation. An additional 7.5 million acres is one poorly executed harvest away from being of degraded condition. Exploitive harvesting, also known as selective cutting, high-grading or diameter-limit cutting, is a destructive and…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on December 23, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments
The title of this blog is that of the recent webinar by Dr. Ralph Nyland, presented on June 21, 2017. The webinar is archived at www.youtube.com/ForestConnect and there is a direct link below.
Ralph focused his presentation on three topics.
Added by Peter Smallidge on June 21, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Sugarbush management is an important part of the responsibility of maple producers to ensure healthy and productive trees. Like all the duties of a maple producer, learning how to manage your sugarbush will take some time, involve learning new skills, benefit with assistance from others who are more knowledgeable, and take some time to achieve mastery.
Added by Peter Smallidge on January 5, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Google Earth and Web Soil Survey
Google Earth Pro is free software that allows the user to visualize specific locations any place on
earth. Google Earth Pro (GEP) is available free to download from this web URL https://www.google.com/earth/download/gep/agree.html
Woodland owners can obtain useful data from GEP. GEP allows the user to draw property boundaries, locate positions…Continue
I just came across a new Forest Science Fact Sheet publication by Dave Jackson of PSU on the ecology and management of ferns. If you're dealing with ferns, this is a great resource. I've pasted the first paragraph below, and linked to the full publication. The publication is developed in the context of Pennsylvania's forests, but the message and content has application…Continue
Roadside trees present special considerations for management given their crown may have an imbalance of sunlight and thus crown architecture, and because if the tree fails the consequences may impact transportation or public utility
Added by Peter Smallidge on September 13, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments
Interference with the Regeneration of Hardwood Forests
Come to Cornell’s Arnot Forest on September 30, 2016 for a day-long workshop that will (i) provide foresters and woodland owners information about the ecological role of American beech (and other interfering vegetation) and deer in limiting forest regeneration, and (ii) review herbicide, organic and fence management strategies to ensure effective regeneration.…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on September 6, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
Timber sales are relatively uncommon for most woodland owners, yet most properties are harvested at some point. Harvests are infrequent, potentially of high value, and are unique in that the harvest puts the next crop at risk. Timber harvests need to have a written contract, but what details should be included in a process that isn't standardized.
A webinar on this topic will be offered on Wednesday July 20, 2016 through…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on July 19, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments
AVID - Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer.
Kristi Sullivan, Peter Smallidge and Paul Curtis. Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Department of Natural Resources, Ithaca, NY.
Obtain a copy here
The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can significantly influence New York’s forests. As selective…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on May 20, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments
The northern long-eared bat population has declined as a result of the white-nosed syndrome. Although forest harvesting does not impact the bat or habitat per se, felling a tree where a bat is located or disturbing a hibernaculum would be problematic. There are both state and federal regulations that apply.
Here is communication from NYSDEC on May 5 2016
"As you may know, the northern long eared bat (NLEB) has been listed by the USFWS as threatened due to declines…Continue