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Rehabilitating Degraded Woodlands

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on December 23, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments

Controlling Thinning - Some Concepts and Methods

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. 

  1. How much residual basal area (relative density) should you leave during a thinning? The short answer is 60% relative density, allowing regrowth to 80% before thinning again.…
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Added by Peter Smallidge on June 21, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Sugarbush Management

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.…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on January 5, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Google Earth and Web Soil Survey

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 20, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Ecology and Management of Ferns in Northeastern Forests

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on September 29, 2016 at 12:38pm — 3 Comments

Roadside Forest Management: Tree-by-Tree

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on September 13, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Controlling Deer Impacts and Interfering Plants - field workshop blog site

Workshop

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.…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on September 6, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Arranging a Timber Sale and Timber Sale Contracts

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on July 19, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

AVID

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on May 20, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Northern Long-Eared Bat: NY Harvesting Restrictions

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…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on May 6, 2016 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Entomology of Sugar Maple Forests

Sugar maple is one of the most iconic and economically important trees in our forests. This webinar will address some of the most important current and potential insect pests and stressors that may accentuate their impacts. Insects (and other pests) tend to target specific parts of trees.  By understanding these parts, and their interaction with pests, owners, producers and managers can better understand and utilize methods of control.  Join Mark Whitmore of the Cornell University…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on April 20, 2016 at 12:53pm — 1 Comment

Buying and Selling Sap

Many landowners seek entrepreneurial opportunities from their woodlands, as a way to offset management costs or as part of a business venture.  Traditional opportunities have emphasized extraction of fiber (timber, firewood, pulp) or land rental fees (hunting leases), and of course maple syrup production. 

The buying and selling of sap has also been part of the rural tradition of woodland enterprises. Often, though, the process for the transaction, how to value the sap, and how to…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on February 17, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Conifer Identification and Ecology

Tree identification is a perennial favorite webinar topic, and the recent webinar on conifers was no exception.  Over 100 participants on January 20 learned about the ecology and identification of 10 common northeastern conifers.  Key features were presented, but importantly the process of learning a systematic approach was emphasized.

The webinar is now archived on youtube here.

I recently wrote an article about the…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on January 24, 2016 at 11:09pm — No Comments

New York Forest Stats 2008 - 2012

I did a quick notice, but wanted to give a more thorough description.  This new publication has some useful information. The state forestry stats arrive every several years, and always have solid and useful information.  This time, the analysis seems considerably richer and dissects some of the underlying patterns of forest ecology and human behavior.  This is lengthy, over 100…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 20, 2015 at 1:53pm — 1 Comment

Money from Mushrooms - Log Grown Shiitake

It seems that many areas of the United States, and the world, have more quickly adopted agroforestry practices than New York and the Northeast.  This is especially true for forest farming practices (e.g., ginseng, mushrooms) and silvopasture. Although maple syrup production is well established here.  

The potential for woodland owners to participate in and benefit from a woodland enterprise centered on gourmet mushrooms production continues to expand.  Mushroom production has…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 20, 2015 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Hardwood tree identification

Tree identification is a great activity, appropriate for most ages, and possible throughout the year.  Although NY and the Northeast count scores of trees, a relatively few are common.  The webinar linked below illustrates tree identification for common northeastern hardwood trees, but more importantly discusses strategies for learning how to identify all trees.

Hardwood tree identification and ecology webinar…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on November 20, 2015 at 9:59am — No Comments

What to do in your woods?

Many woodland owners are unsure how to get started in their woodlands.  There is plenty of advice available.  The short answer is spend more time in the woods.  Soon, then, you start to ask questions and will seek assistance.  In NY, the two best starting points are:

1. Cornell's Master Forest Owner volunteers, for non-technical assistance  www.CornellMFO.info 

2. NYS DEC Private Forest Lands …

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 17, 2015 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

From Logs to Lumber

Logs to Lumber – Wise Use of a Renewable Resources

October 1, 2015.                                 

Peter Smallidge, NYS Extension Forester and Director, Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, NY 14853.

 

Support for ForestConnect is provided by the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and USDA National Institute of…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on October 1, 2015 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

Firewood From Private Woodlands

Firewood is a hot topic (pun intended) for most woodland owners.  A recent survey showed that about two-thirds of owners have collected firewood for their personal use in the last ten years.  The research on firewood production and processing is limited, but there is considerable experience among people; some of whom have heated with wood their entire life.

A webinar on "Firewood from Private Woodlands was offered on September 16, 2015.  A link to the archive is…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on September 21, 2015 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

4-H Forestry Invitational

Hi All:

The 4-H  Forestry Invitational is a great event for youth from across the nation that exposes them, with a high level of mastery, to forest management skills and principles.  Ingrid Hill of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Orange County leads that 4-H program.  Dave Jackson of PSU Cooperative Extension provides national leadership.  These efforts of course supplemented by thousands of hours of volunteer time.  Thanks and congratulations to all!!  This year, NY placed second…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on August 3, 2015 at 10:42am — No Comments

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Do Trees Talk to each other? See Video

Started by Alicia Rose in Forest Health 6 hours ago. 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

Dutch Elm Disease

Started by Bob Schumacher in Forest Health. Last reply by John McNerney Feb 3. 4 Replies

Our elm trees that have survived the last fifteen years of the disease being in our woods are looking very healthy.  I really enjoy the elms and we have a few very good size ones now.  I would lie some day to make some lumber with them.Continue

The Role of Insects and Diseases in Aspen Biology

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health Feb 2. 0 Replies

The Role of Insects and Diseases in Aspen BiologyJohn Guyon, Forest Pathologist, USFS, Intermountain RegionDate: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 ----  Time: 12 pm (MST)   ----  …Continue

COMET-FARM - Greenhouse Gas Accounting System

Started by Alicia Rose in Agroforestry. Last reply by Alicia Rose Jan 25. 1 Reply

 COMET-Farm is a whole farm and ranch carbon and greenhouse gas accounting system. The tool guides you through describing your farm and ranch management practices including alternative future management scenarios. …Continue

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

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