WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Maples are finally letting go of their leaves down here in central Ulster County. Now it’s the oaks turn. White oak and red oak are beginning to turn a beautiful burgundy red. The Hudson Valley seems pretty late this year for foliage; some treesContinue Reading


The Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society (TOLHPS) moves into natural history again this month, when Ryan Trapani, Catskill Forest Association Director of Forest Services, takes on “The Growing Deer Debate,” at the Society’s upcoming program.   The event will be held on Monday, November 6 at 7 pm, in theContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Dr. Mike Kudish (Author of “The Catskill Forest: A History”) had me out looking for 2 extremely rare tree species over the weekend in a large swamp in Ulster County for his upcoming Kaatskill Life article. More common up north in the Adirondacks, blackContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Found one of the largest black cherry trees I’ve seen yet, high up in the mountains. How many bears have climbed this tree over the years to get to its cherries? How many hunters/hikers have passed by it? It may have started growing afterContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Went out October 1st for the Opening Day of bow season. Saw a spike and a button-buck about 50 yards away & nothing else; that’s okay. Wasn’t really in the mood to harvest anything anyway. If nothing else, just hanging out in a treeContinue Reading