Portions of the program are outdoors and may include muddy conditions, please dress appropriately!
SAF CFE Credentialing is yet to be determined and will be announced at a later date.
White tailed deer are in the forefront of our attention as forest professionals and I thought some consideration of other species may be both interesting and informative! Add to that some general ecological themes coupled with timber harvesting considerations and the membership stands to gain some valuable additional professional expertise.
Supplementary in consideration is an outdoor component highlighting a recent harvest in a northern hardwood timber stand and the chance to interact with forest owners!
The tentative schedule looks like this:
- 8:30 Welcome by Chapter Chair Daniel Zimmerman, Chief Forester and MBA McDonough Hardwoods, followed by welcome from Ron Acee, owner of Vernon National Shooting Sports Preserve.
- 8:50-9:50 Stephen R. Heerkins (Wildlife Biologist 1 Division of Fish and Wildlife, NYSDEC Herkimer sub office). New York has had moose for the last three plus decades and they generate a lot of public interest when encountered in places like the Adirondacks. DEC is asked often "How many moose are in NY?," however until recently DEC has not attempted specific surveys to ascertain moose abundance and distribution across the Adirondack Park. In 2013 DEC and research partners sat down to develop a survey protocol that would help determine moose abundance in NY as well as identify preferred habitats. DEC also discussed the need to establish reproductive rates, adult and calf survival and health issues associated with NY's population. With moose populations challenged in other parts of the Northeast and the country, gathering baseline information about moose in NY is critical for identify future management strategies.
- Coffee break
- 10:10-11:00 Andy Weik (Regional Wildlife Biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society) will cover the ecology and habitat needs of grouse and woodcock, and forest management strategies that can be employed to sustain habitat for these two popular upland game birds as well as numerous other native wildlife species.
- 11:00-12:00 Allen Nichols (President of the NY chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation) will go over the history of the American chestnut, the impact the death of the trees had on people in the early 19th century and what we have been doing to develop a blight resistant tree. Ending up with how people can help us restore the American chestnut back into the forest, now that we have a blight resistant tree. Mr. Nichols will also handout nuts and seeds.
Bring your appetites as lunch will feature prime rib or cut-n-grill your own steak; the $25 cost includes sides and dessert! I like this feature! Be sure to register.
- 1:00-1:30 Scott Crocoll (Wildlife Biologist 1, NYSDEC) will discuss Forest Raptor Biology.
- 1:30-2:30 John K. Bartow, Jr. (Executive Director Empire State Forest Products Association) will speak on three items: (1) New York Logger Training and "Trained Logger Certification." What this entails, how it is working in NY and what we are working on to improve it, (2) the Governor's Empire Forest for the Future Initiative and what this may mean for NY's forests, forest landowners and forest products industry, and (3) the American Forest Foundation's recent report "In Plain Sight" and the condition of North Eastern Appalachian (Hemlock) Hardwood forest for landowners, forest products industry and ecosystem benefits in NY.
- 2:30- ? Tour/woods walk of Vernon National Shooting Preserve northern hardwood forest stand that was recently harvested in the winter of 2016 by McDonough Hardwoods Certified timber harvester/logger. Subjects to be covered include, but are not limited to, harvesting techniques, ownership goals and objectives, silviculture, wildlife and ecology.
Times noted in this schedule are an approximation and along with speakers and subject can change without prior notice!