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Smoothing Out Ruts at the Eco-Wheel Tracks Study Site

Kris Brown Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Smoothing Out Ruts at the Eco-Wheel Tracks Study Site

It is important for landowners and loggers to understand the equipment, labor, supplies, and time required to install forestry BMPs. This blog post provides an example of remediating a quarter-acre landing area and 1000 feet of skid trail.

Field Research Complete for the Eco-Wheel Tracks Project

Kris Brown Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Field Research Complete for the Eco-Wheel Tracks Project

After doing three EcoTracks research trials at SUNY-ESF’s Heiberg Forest in Tully, NY, we did a fourth trial, this time in the Catskills. Not only did we change location, but we beefed up from a Timberjack 360 cable skidder to a John Deere 648H grapple skidder.

Online Scouting and Map Making with MyWoodlot’s Watershed Mapping Tool

Kris Brown Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Online Scouting and Map Making with MyWoodlot’s Watershed Mapping Tool

Learn how to create a georeferenced PDF map of your NYC Watershed property, or one of the many NYC Watershed Recreation lands, in just three steps.

Hugelkultur: Part Two

Andrew Krutz Wednesday, 09 December 2020

Hugelkultur: Part Two

Building a Hugelkultur mound was labor intensive, but the payoff made it all worth it. Check out our fruit and vegetable haul! 

Trees in Action: Part 2

Jessica Alba Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Trees in Action: Part 2

Do trees cling to the soil or does soil cling to the trees?

Mother Oaks and Other Clues About a Woodlot’s History

Kris Brown Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Mother Oaks and Other Clues About a Woodlot’s History

The observations you make in the woods can tell you quite a bit about land use history and forest disturbance events, like windthrow and logging. Once you know what to look for, your woods walks will become even more meaningful.

Multifunctional Riparian Buffer Project at Riverdale Farm and Forest, Spring 2020

Ron Frisbee Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Multifunctional Riparian Buffer Project at Riverdale Farm and Forest, Spring 2020

This story is about a NYC Watershed farmer’s multifunctional riparian buffer project.  He guides you from adoption of the concept and planning stages, through site preparation, planting and protection efforts.  Imagine food production and carbon sequestration from streamside areas devoted to water quality improvement!

Helping Little Oaks Become Big Oaks

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Helping Little Oaks Become Big Oaks

Do you have small oak trees (< 6’) that you would like to see grow into large oaks that produce many acorns?  Does it seem like they never really grow taller?  Find out how to solve that problem.  

Freeing or Lighting Oaks

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Freeing or Lighting Oaks

Do you want to keep your oak trees healthy? Here are ways to give them the space and light they need to grow and produce an abundance of acorns.

A Wise and Warm Investment

Heather Hilson Wednesday, 21 October 2020

A Wise and Warm Investment

Have you ever thought about using an outdoor wood boiler to heat your home? For the past six years, Heather Hilson has used one to keep her house warm during the heating season in Upstate New York. In this week’s blog, Heather shares her experiences with installing, operating, and maintaining an outdoor wood boiler, including installation and operating costs.

Finding Oaks

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Finding Oaks

Do you like oak trees? Do you want to promote them on your property, but just can’t find them? Here are some ways to find even the smallest ones so you can help them grow up and produce acorns in abundance.

Hugelkultur: Part One

Andrew Krutz Wednesday, 07 October 2020

Hugelkultur: Part One

Hugelkultur beds can be a great way to grow vegetables when existing soil is poor or space is limited. Hugelkultur is a German word meaning “hill culture” or “mound culture.” These are raised mounds 4-5 feet high from which plants are grown on all sides.

Treating my Outdoor Wear with Permethrin

Kris Brown Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Treating my Outdoor Wear with Permethrin

Have you ever treated the clothing you wear to the woods with permethrin? I was late to the game with regard to this tick prevention practice, but I was able to treat my deer scouting clothes safely and efficiently one mid-July morning. This blog demonstrates how I did it.

Owl Pellets

Andrew Krutz Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Owl Pellets

Under some spruce trees just outside our house there have accumulated grayish-fuzzy clumps about the size of golf balls. Upon quick examination they appear to be reconfigured mice. That is because they are!

Fowl Thief

Andrew Krutz Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Fowl Thief

“Why eat chipmunk when you can have chicken?” This is the scenario that has been playing out somewhat regularly around the Krutz household this summer, ‘round about late afternoon-early evening. It’s a time they call… “The Foxing Hour”.

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