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Blogs in this collection cover one or more topics that are vital to a forest landowner’s ability to continue owning, caring for, and enjoying their woodlands in their current state. These ‘big decisions’ include property tax reduction programs, generating income from the land and managing the forest through timber harvesting, and planning for the next forest owner. Frank Winkler’s blog, Winkler Woodlot, covers just about all of them, so it is a must-read.

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.

How much do you know about forest conservation options for your land?

Kris Brown & Tyler Van Fleet Wednesday, 01 July 2020

How much do you know about forest conservation options for your land?

At some point, you’re probably going to face some big decisions about the future of your land. When you do, will you know your options? Our ongoing study looks at this question for landowners in the NYC Watershed.

Sediment Breakthroughs Associated with Logging in the New York City Watershed

Kris Brown Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Sediment Breakthroughs Associated with Logging in the New York City Watershed

WAC researchers help to improve understanding about the likely sources and pathways for stream sedimentation associated with logging in the NYC Watershed.

To Improve Your Woods, Practice ‘Worst First’ Forestry

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 03 April 2019

To Improve Your Woods, Practice ‘Worst First’ Forestry

High-grading removes the best trees and damages your woods. Turn it around and practice “worst first” forestry to boost your woods’ long-term economic and wildlife values.

Working to Protect Water Quality and Support Economic Viability on Woodlot Harvests in the NYC Watershed

Kris Brown Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Working to Protect Water Quality and Support Economic Viability on Woodlot Harvests in the NYC Watershed

Protecting water quality during a timber harvest can be a challenge, but working with loggers to find practical, cost-effective solutions is what we are passionate about.

Shooting the Horse that Wins the Race

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Shooting the Horse that Wins the Race

High-grading and diameter-limit cutting are two common logging practices. They provide short-term income, but they damage your woods in the long run. Avoid them in favor of “worst first” forestry.

Isn’t It Best to Do Nothing?

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Isn’t It Best to Do Nothing?

Doing nothing and “letting nature take its course” may seem best for your woods, but in certain cases doing nothing can actually reduce your woods’ health and wildlife habitat.

A 100-Year Garden: Weeding

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 07 August 2017

A 100-Year Garden: Weeding

There are a lot of reasons for weeding my woods. Increasing food for wildlife, nest habitat for birds, or timber to sell are a few. Careful weeding can even help speed my woods’ transition to that cherished and extremely rare type of woods: old growth.

Winkler Woodlot

Frank Winkler Monday, 24 October 2016

Winkler Woodlot

In his own words, landowner Frank Winkler describes a few of the lessons he’s learned caring for his Catskill Mountains property, including advice on timber harvesting, improving wildlife habitat, dealing with property taxes, and much more. MyWoodlot extends a big “Thank You” to Frank for sharing his story with us.

Timber Sale Troubles

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 10 October 2016

Timber Sale Troubles

Harvesting timber is a big decision. It will benefit both you and your land for you to take your time and make an informed decision when choosing to harvest.

Forester, Logger, Arborist…Which One Do I Want, and How Do I Find Them?

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 12 September 2016

Forester, Logger, Arborist…Which One Do I Want, and How Do I Find Them?

Arborists specialize in individual tree care, often in urban or suburban settings. Foresters use tree measurements, landowner goals, and knowledge of forests to develop plans to care for your woods over time. And loggers are the boots on the ground carrying out the plan you and your forester developed.

Guest Voice: The Northeast Timber Growing Contest Helps Landowners Grow Bigger Healthier Trees

Peter Smallidge & Dean Faklis Tuesday, 03 May 2016

Guest Voice: The Northeast Timber Growing Contest Helps Landowners Grow Bigger Healthier Trees

Do you wonder if your trees are healthy? Are they getting bigger each year, or do they seem to stay the same size? Is there anything you can do to improve your woods? The Northeast Timber Growing Contest was designed to help woodland owners learn about and improve the productivity and health of northeastern woodlands.