WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Recently, I revisited a “bald” or naturally open area on a ridgetop in Ulster County. What makes this place special is that it offers a view or opening in a dense sea of forest where few openings exist. I guess it remains naturally openContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Finally got away & went for a good ‘ole bushwack in the woods & up a ridge. You never know what cool stuff you’ll find; It’s what keeps the woods interesting to me. Found this really unique and large “burl” growing upon an oldContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? This beautiful sugar maple recently “failed” in the Town of Shandaken after a storm. We have covered “structural” issues before, but this tree really sends the message home. Open-grown sugar maple are especially susceptible of codominant leaders and can fail miserably. Co-dominants are whereContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Now is the best time to find white and red mulberries, especially in the Hudson Valley. Kingston seems to be a hot spot for finding wild ones. My favorites are some of the white ones that are actually “white” when ripe. They taste kindContinue Reading