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?

Hazardous Trees

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Not exactly in the forest, but some trees near people’s homes came down. Last week we had 60mph+ winds mixed in with heavy snow-loads that tipped some trees over. I don’t think the snow on
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Winter Mortality?

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Went for a ride right before dark yesterday evening to see how the snow was treating the deer. In late winter or early spring, deer – according to deer biologists – are at their lowest
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Spring Brings Them Out From the Woodwork

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? It’s that time of year again when spring is slowly setting in & deer can easily be seen near roadsides feeding heavily on the first greening of grass. Anecdotally, I feel the deer look better
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Spring Peepers in February?

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? A couple of days ago it was so warm that I swore I was scratching the back of my neck from "no see-um" bites, but that could have been my imagination. Temperatures reached out into
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2nd Half of the Maple Season in February?

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? After today, it seems like the entire extended forecast is showing a general warming trend. In other words, here comes the heart of the maple season. I think I'm just about half done with my
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“I Just Need to Go in the Woods”

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? A few days ago my daughter – Metta Mae – said, “Daddy, I just need to go in the woods; I want to go outside with you.” After hearing this, I had to readjust what
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