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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”.

Would 480-a work for you and your woodlot?

Kris Brown Wednesday, 09 September 2020

Would 480-a work for you and your woodlot?

The WAC Forestry Program’s 2020 survey of New York City Watershed landowners showed that over two-thirds of study participants were unfamiliar with New York’s Forest Tax Law Program, otherwise known as 480-a. This program helps landowners with 50 or more contiguous forest acres to reduce the property taxes they pay on their forestland in exchange for a commitment to the long-term conservation and management of their woods. This blog post highlights 480-a and its potential benefits and problem areas to encourage eligible landowners to explore how 480-a might work for their woodlots.

Does a Bear Sit in the Woods?

Kris Brown Wednesday, 02 September 2020

Does a Bear Sit in the Woods?

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Watershed recreation lands provide the public with many opportunities for outdoor fun, including hiking, fishing, and hunting. Since January of 2020, I’ve been running four trail cameras on several DEP properties. Well, three now that one “went missing”. Recently, I programmed the cameras to take videos, and in this blog, I share the highlight reel.

Creating Your Own Smartphone Map

Andrew Krutz Tuesday, 01 September 2020

Creating Your Own Smartphone Map

Creating your own georeferenced .pdf map allows you to customize a map of your property to use on your smartphone.

Do Eco-Wheel Tracks Reduce Soil Compaction Associated with Skidder Traffic?

Kris Brown Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Do Eco-Wheel Tracks Reduce Soil Compaction Associated with Skidder Traffic?

What is that bright blue armor wrapped around those skidder tires? They’re called Eco-Wheel Tracks, manufactured by the Swedish company Olofsfors, and they are marketed as helping to improve traction, reduce compaction and rutting, and last longer than traditional tire chains. But do they? Taylor Richmond, a Master’s student at SUNY-ESF, digs into these questions for the WAC Forestry Program.

Trees Do What?

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Trees Do What?

Have you ever thought of all that trees do for us, for wildlife, and for the planet? Take a break and ponder how amazing and diverse they are!

Wood Does What?

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Wood Does What?

When you think about wood products, is this what comes to mind? Check out what wood can do.

It's Alive! ... Alive!

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 05 August 2020

It's Alive! ... Alive!

Trees are tough. This week on MyWoodlot.com, Stefni Krutz shares examples of trees that are alive and well (mostly), despite some ghastly injuries or harsh growing conditions. Don’t look if you’re squeamish.

Micro Hiking

Jessica Alba Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Micro Hiking

When you’re looking for a new place to explore, sometimes it’s best to start small.

Spotting Spots

Jessica Alba Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Spotting Spots

With the rise of the Asian ladybeetle, it can be difficult to find one of our many native ladybug species. To increase your odds of success, you have to know where to look.

Leaf Scorch

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Leaf Scorch

Last summer, I looked up and noticed something strange about the sugar maple tree that shades my favorite picnic table. Many of the leaves were brown on the margins.

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