WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Cut down a Fraser fir for a Christmas tree a couple weeks ago at Bell’s Christmas Tree Farm in Accord, Ulster County. Some of these trees are over 10 years old. The amount of care that goes into these trees each year (for manyContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Been busy making some “Doe-essence” soap for Christmas this year. Deer fat may not “melt in your mouth” like beef or pork fat does, but is seems to make a pretty hardy soap. Just make sure to render that fat first & have someContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? First snowfall of the year here in central Ulster County. One of my favorite things about fresh snow is the literal “track records” it leaves behind; now we know where the animals go.   May the forest be with you, Ryan Trapani Director ofContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? “Volcano mulch.” Been seeing quite a bit of it lately while walking around. Volcano mulch is mulch that is piled up deeply around a newly planted tree. Although this might look aesthetically pleasing, it can cause butt rot and rooting issues as well. MulchContinue Reading