Guest Blogs

Portable Bridges? What? Why?

Jeanette Bend Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Portable Bridges? What? Why?

A sharp-eyed commuter notices a new bridge over a stream on her way to work. She stops to find out what’s happening in the woods in the middle of winter. 

Logging, what goes on?

Jack Van Buren Wednesday, 08 December 2021

Logging, what goes on?

Guest author Jack Van Buren has a road-side chat with a logger to learn more about what loggers do for a living and what goes on during a timber harvest. 

Forests and Bird Migration

Pammi Price Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Forests and Bird Migration

In New York, migrating birds can be seen flying south in fall on their way to wintering grounds in the southern United States, Central and South America.  Birds migrate to fulfill two primary resource needs – food and nesting locations.  In fall, available insects and other food sources decrease, so some birds migrate to areas with higher amounts of food resources.

The Trees for Tribs Story at Sylvan Glen

Bill Kellner Wednesday, 12 May 2021

The Trees for Tribs Story at Sylvan Glen

Yorktown’s popular Sylvan Glen Park Preserve has a rich land use history that has shifted from mining to hiking trails, but one thing that has remained constant through the years is the need for a strong riparian zone.

Planting by Water

Janet Anderson Wednesday, 05 May 2021

Planting by Water

When Lake Waccabuc needed help fighting erosion and runoff, the Three Lakes Council turned to trees to save the day.

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.

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!

Black swallow-wort: A nasty invader

Matt Smentana Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Black swallow-wort: A nasty invader

Clearpool Model Forest is hitting back against black swallow-wort.

Bald Cardinals

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Bald Cardinals

You may have seen scruffy or even bald cardinals at your bird feeder. What causes that, and is it anything to worry about?

Dead and Dying Trees: Why I’m leaving some but not others

Brendan Murphy Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Dead and Dying Trees: Why I’m leaving some but not others

Guest-author Brendan Murphy is torn between two loves: bonfires and pileated woodpeckers.

To Touch or Not to Touch

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 26 June 2019

To Touch or Not to Touch

My toddler continues to teach me lessons about nature. On a recent backyard playdate, she taught me not once, but twice.

Spotted Lanternfly: A New, Unwelcome Invader

Jennifer J. Lerner Wednesday, 05 June 2019

Spotted Lanternfly: A New, Unwelcome Invader

Guest-author Jennifer J. Lerner gives you the tools to be a Spotted Lanternfly vigilante.

Waterfalls and a Mystery

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Waterfalls and a Mystery

Humans and water go together like peas and carrots, salamanders and vernal pools, summer and ice cream.

Enhancing Biodiversity in Your Backyard

Audrey Kropp Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Enhancing Biodiversity in Your Backyard

This week on MyWoodlot, the Agroforestry Resource Center of CCE Columbia Greene describes how you can promote biodiversity in your backyard.

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