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A Clear-Cut Controversy

Jess Alba Wednesday, 13 October 2021

A Clear-Cut Controversy

If a tree falls down in a forest, does it ever grow back?

B&B Forest Products Ltd. Builds a Skidder Bridge for Siuslaw Model Forest

Kris Brown Wednesday, 22 September 2021

B&B Forest Products Ltd. Builds a Skidder Bridge for Siuslaw Model Forest

At a skidder bridge building workshop a few years back, several loggers had innovative ideas to improve the bottleneck of drilling holes in the bridge cants. However, no one suggested getting a bigger drill. 

2021 Ash Mortality Monitoring at Siuslaw Model Forest

Kris Brown Wednesday, 15 September 2021

2021 Ash Mortality Monitoring at Siuslaw Model Forest

In 2018, which was Year 1 of ash mortality monitoring at Siuslaw Model Forest, 15 of the 42 trees we assessed had succumbed to the emerald ash borer. As I planned to return to help with Year 4 data collection, I thought we’d have a short field day because all the ash would be dead.

5 Lessons I Learned About Trail Cameras

Kris Brown Wednesday, 08 September 2021

5 Lessons I Learned About Trail Cameras

I started using trail cameras in 2019 to scout for deer and to capture photos of other Catskill Mountain wildlife I might not easily see on woods walks. I did my homework before I got started, but sometimes the best way is to learn by doing. Hopefully some of these takeaways will help you out.     

Let Your Lawn Go

Kris Brown Wednesday, 01 September 2021

Let Your Lawn Go

Our front lawn is steep enough that mowing it would be very difficult, maybe even dangerous. We chose to let it grow and we were pleasantly surprised.

Reality of Roots

Jess Alba Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Reality of Roots

Have you ever heard that trees are like an iceberg, mostly hidden from sight?

Bleeding for Blackberries

Andrew Krutz Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Bleeding for Blackberries

A heavy timber harvest leads to scratches, stains, and engorging of blackberries.

Find Your Own Berry Picking Patch This Summer

Kris Brown Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Find Your Own Berry Picking Patch This Summer

This summer, I found a berry patch loaded with blackberries and blueberries and I had it all to myself. Use this blog to help you know when and where to look for your own wild berries in the Catskills.

Fuzzy Egg Mass on an Oak Tree’s Bark

Kris Brown Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Fuzzy Egg Mass on an Oak Tree’s Bark

Can you name the exotic insect pest responsible for this egg mass? The egg mass was found in August 2020 on the bark of a red oak tree in Albany County, NY.

Smartphone Birding with the Merlin App

Jess Alba Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Smartphone Birding with the Merlin App

When I come across an unfamiliar bird I usually rely heavily on field guides and the knowledge of others to help me learn which species I’m looking at. I didn’t have any field guides or ornithologist friends with me on this walk, so instead I pulled out my phone and opened my Merlin Bird ID app.

Profitability of Logging in the NYC Watershed

Kris Brown Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Profitability of Logging in the NYC Watershed

In 2018, researchers at SUNY-ESF published a paper about the profitability of timber harvesting, from a logger’s perspective, in the NYC Watershed and surrounding areas (link to article). The study examined 23 logging jobs and found that almost half were losing money.

Assessing Deer Browsing Impacts at Lennox Model Forest

Kris Brown Wednesday, 07 July 2021

Assessing Deer Browsing Impacts at Lennox Model Forest

Cornell Cooperative Extension developed a method called Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer (AVID) that anyone can use to assess deer browsing impacts in their area. Annual measurements of seedling heights are the basis for quantifying the impact of deer browse. Over time, this data can help to inform management decisions to reduce deer browsing impacts so that desirable tree species may grow.

Snags Loom Over the Garage

Kris Brown Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Snags Loom Over the Garage

While standing dead trees (aka snags) provide wildlife habitat, you don’t want them hanging over your house. Follow along as I begin the planning process to bring them down.

Caddisfly Larvae, Small Critters With Big Abilities: Stabilizing Streams

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Caddisfly Larvae, Small Critters With Big Abilities: Stabilizing Streams

Would you ever guess a one-inch, worm-like larva could slow erosion in a stream?

Why High Lumber Prices?

Karl VonBerg Monday, 24 May 2021

Why High Lumber Prices?

Why is that lumber for my DIY project or new home costing 3x what it did last year at this time?

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