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?

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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Gathering Scionwood for Grafting

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Been busy gathering scion-wood for apple tree grafting coming up this spring. A scion is taken from a desirable apple tree and grafted onto another apple tree (or rootstock). I was fortunate enough to be able to gather from
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The Civil War & The Forest

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Been out cutting a lot of trees recently for habitat management purposes. On one member's property we were "day-lighting" the white oak & cutting the nearby bitternut hickory trees. These trees were less than 24"
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3 Warm Nights in January Means…

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I’ve been boiling quite consistently over the last week until yesterday. After 3 consecutive nights where temperatures remained above freezing, the trees finally quit (sap stopped running). Now, I’m just waiting for another freeze and
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Harvesting Ash Trees

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? The winter months have had me working in the woods, harvesting ash trees in my spare time. The Emerald Ash Borer is just over the hill from these trees and they wont be around to
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