WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? The persistently wet weather this summer had done in many of our sugar maple trees (among others). Don’t worry; Leaf diseases like anthracnose normally don’t kill them, but leaves will brown up and often fall off. I wonder if this will have a negativeContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I’m always looking for wild fruit to pick while walking around. Last week I was walking quite a bit Connecticut while on a training. Now, I’ve picked my fair share of wild concord grapes in New York State, but I’ve never seen the abundance,Continue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? It’s been awhile, but I finally found another–black maple (Acer nigrum). Black maple is just about identical to sugar maple barring a couple of traits that stick out to me. One is the leaf. Similar to sugar maple, the leaf margin is entire orContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I recently saw this sugar maple tree “fail” near Napanoch in Ulster County while driving around. Typically, large maple trees that are open-grown have structural defects caused by co-dominant leaders. These co-dominant leaders develop tight-crotches at their unions which cause cracking since they areContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Sometimes we humans think of animals or wildlife as fragile or chess pieces easily defeated when the game is not played to their benefit. I no longer see them as such. Sure, most deer behave in similar ways, and chipmunks, owls and rabbits too.Continue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? One of our member’s in Schoharie County had some good luck with his grafts from CFA’s APPLE TREE GRAFTING PROGRAM from 3 years ago. From “pencil-sized” scionwood (cuttings) to branches bearing apples in several years! These cuttings were grafted onto volunteer or wild appleContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? My favorite mushrooms–golden chanterelles (Canterellus cibarius)–are popping up all over the forest. They appear as tiny golden nuggets amongst the dark forest floor. These are my favorite since they taste really good, are easily identifiable, and seem to remain fresher, longer. Simply fry withContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Speaking of tree roots, here is a couple of examples of how adaptable & important tree roots can be. First, tree roots can really keep a stream-bank together as evidenced by this sugar maple. You can also see just how adaptable those roots haveContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Haven’t smoked some deer meat in awhile, but had a chance last weekend. Placed a cut from the hind-quarter into a brine (soy sauce, maple syrup) and smoked using shagbark hickory wood. My smoker uses my maple syrup arch (used to hold the pan)Continue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Finally got to do some Father’s Day fishing and brought home a few wild brown trout over the last couple of days. My favorite way is to bake ’em with bread crumbs, olive oil, lemon juice and maple syrup (towards the end of baking).Continue Reading