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Woods Fight Coronavirus

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Woods Fight Coronavirus

A compound found in the boreal woods of Finland is being developed into antiviral products to help us with the coronavirus.

Transplanting Leeks

Andrew Krutz Wednesday, 07 April 2021

Transplanting Leeks

Getting leeks (or ramps) to spread in your woodlot for future harvest.

Early Spring: A Great time to Spot and Remove Invasive Plants

Tyler Van Fleet Thursday, 01 April 2021

Early Spring: A Great time to Spot and Remove Invasive Plants

Now is a great time to identify and remove some common non-native invasive plant species from your woodlot. 

Color Hike at the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy

Jess Alba Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Color Hike at the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy

I spy with my little eye… something colorful in the woods.

Amphibian Migration: A Big Night Surprise

Audrey Kropp Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Amphibian Migration: A Big Night Surprise

Hang the poncho by the door and change the batteries in your flashlight. It will soon be time for “Big Night”, when amphibians meet at the local vernal pool to mate.

Winkler Woodlot: 2017-2020

Frank Winkler Monday, 08 February 2021

Winkler Woodlot: 2017-2020

Should I harvest my ash trees ahead of an Emerald Ash Borer infestation? Many family forest owners in the U.S. have grappled with this decision. In this week’s blog, landowner Frank Winkler explains how he prepared for and oversaw an ash-only harvest on his Catskill woodlot. He’s been busy after the harvest as well, participating in an integrated pest management study, promoting vegetative regrowth on skid trails and replanting red oak acorns among the logging slash.

Horsetails and Scouring Rush

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Horsetails and Scouring Rush

Here is a prehistoric, miniature bamboo looking plant that is worth checking out.

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.  

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