WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Just got back to the office after checking on 1 experimental pear graft made in May. CFA grafted an Asian pear to a wild or “volunteer” hawthorn (thornapple) tree; so far, so good. We’ll find something good about those thorny hawthorns just yet. MayContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? A couple of weekends ago I got a chance to go fishing with a CFA member. He caught some trout & bass and I caught mostly sunnies; that’s okay. Favorite part of fishing? Just sitting there on the edge, watching the water go by.Continue Reading

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 how much growth these trees can put on. Although¬†eachContinue Reading

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 east of us for awhile. Our oak trees don’t needContinue Reading

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 top of the Shawangunk Ridge. This bird never tiresContinue Reading