Growing Healthy Forests For Generations To Come

Located in Arkville, New York, in the Catskill Mountains, the Catskill Forest Association promotes responsible stewardship of woodland habitats and their eco-systems. Our mission is to provide services and education to landowners to create healthier forests. Together, we will protect the health and well-being of the woodlands of New York’s Catskill Mountain region.

Our offerings include: classes, chainsaw lessons & training, property evaluations, land management advice and goal setting, guided hikes, tree identification and much more!


Connecting People to the Woodlands

We host many events for members, area landowners, and the general public interested in learning more about our great natural resources, including our mountains, forests, and watersheds. Events include hikes, walks, chainsaw lessons, flora and fauna identification, & more. Please join us!




From the Forest: Weekly Broadcast

We host “From the Forest,” a weekly radio show on WIOX, our local radio station in Roxbury, NY. Listen in with Ryan Trapani, John MacNaught, and other guest speakers, while they discuss trees, logging, wood, maple syrup, nuts and berries and the pressing issues central to our forests.



What’s New?

Sprucing it Up Since 1952

WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Spent some time removing a large Norway spruce tree near my parent's house. This tree was about 65 years old & probably planted around 1952 in the Town of Gardiner, Ulster County. It's pretty amazing
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Gypsy Moth Spotted

WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I was away in eastern Massachusetts over the 4th of July weekend; noticed a lot of gypsy moth damage on oak trees in places. The entire canopy had been chewed away. Hopefully this remains
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Whip-poor-will, Whip-poor-will, etc. etc.

WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Last night I was sitting on my deck just before dark & I heard something I haven't heard in years; the constant, repetitive song of a whip-poor-will. The last time I heard one was on
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“They Grow Up So Fast”

WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? You've heard it before. "They grow up so fast." The advantage we have over prior generations is our greater access to cameras and digital media. Yesterday, I snapped a photo of my eldest daughter
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Flowers Already!?

WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Been inspecting some of the member's apple trees that CFA grafted during April & May. One of them was loaded with flowers which is pretty unusual. Let's just hope they put on a foot or
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I’m Not Your Mother, Deer

WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Last week I was doing a road walk & snuck up to a doe & 1 fawn nursing 10 yards into the woods. I took a knee & watched this rare occasion unfold. When
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