TSI

Timber stand improvement (TSI) is to a forest what weeding is to a garden: It allows certain species to be favored. It enhances the growth and quality of timber by removing poor quality trees and making room for good quality tree crowns to grow. To learn more about TSI, check out the blogs below. If your property is located in the NYC Watershed (find out here), it may be eligible for TSI cost-share funding through the WAC Forestry Program’s Management Assistance Program (MAP) for forest landowners. Check out the MAP applicationfor program requirements.

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.

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.

Pretty Isn’t Always Good

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 04 September 2017

Pretty Isn’t Always Good

Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic emphasizes the beauty of nature, but a healthy forest can be downright ugly.

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.