WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Went for a walk yesterday near Dry Brook in Arkville & lo & behold I reached for a hemlock branch on the side of the road & found something disturbing. Unfortunately, it was infected by Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA). I found some years agoContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Not necessarily “in the forest” but kind of. Went for a walk while my truck was getting fixed in Kingston yesterday. Always see some really interesting trees there. I saw one beautiful white oak with huge, outstretching “out-riggers” for limbs over a house. IContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Tapped a sycamore tree last week; that’s right, a sycamore. It ran about a gallon or so. Tested its sugar content & it was a whopping 0.5%; that means it takes about 171 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of sycamore syrup. HopefullyContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Just beginning to collect scionwood (apple cuttings) for CFA’s upcoming Apple Tree Grafting Program. Been down @ Schoonmaker’s Farm in Accord, Ulster County; these are some hard-working people generous enough to let me take some cuttings; they have a great farm stand too (SaunderskillContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? When temperatures are this cold, my woodpile seems to noticeably shrink each day. Temperatures have been sub-zero for a few days now in a row. Before apparently warming up, temperatures are supposed to dip to -10 or lower in the higher elevations. Makes youContinue Reading