WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Spent a week in Upton, Long Island with CFA field staff at the New York Wildfire & Incident Management Training Academy. We took the S-130 & S-190 courses which represent Basic Wildland Firefighter training. It taught entry-level wildland firefighter skills and is often requiredContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Been looking for acorns. This year I’m finding the acorn crop–mainly red oak–to be quite spotty. Actually, this seems to be beneficial to hunting deer since on years with abundant acorns, it can be difficult to predict where deer will be eating them. But,Continue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Been getting some complaints from members of CFA that they’re not seeing too many birds around their bird feeder recently. I’m unsure exactly of the reason, but perhaps its due in part from the abundance of wild fruit. Seems like there is plenty ofContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Each year on my camping trip, I hit a small stand of old growth hemlock trees pretty high up in elevation. I used to hit another stand farther down, but those trees have unfortunately succumbed to hemlock woolly adelgid. This higher stand remains adelgid-free.Continue Reading