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

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Many of us might think that the more rain or humidity we get, the better for trees. This is true up to a certain amount. However, too much rain or humidity at the wrong time can be harmful to trees. This year, we’ve beenContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Well, this might be the largest sugar maple I’ve ever seen in the Catskills, or top 3; That’s for sure. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a diameter tape, but I’d say it’s well over 55″ in diameter at breast height. This behemoth was found growingContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I’m not sure you can tell or not from the photo, but one ash tree is looking healthier than the other. The ash on the right was treated 2 years ago, while the one on the left was untreated. This area in Sullivan County–forContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Last week, I treated 2 large hemlocks at a member’s property against hemlock woolly adelgid. After finishing, I was talking with the member near his porch, and he said, “Oh look a fawn.” I looked out into the field, but saw none. “No,” heContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Here’s the first ginseng I spotted this year. I didn’t expect it, since it was literally one foot from a hiking trail where you might think it would get picked. In the background is blue cohosh, a good “indicator plant” that ginseng might beContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? USDA Biologist–Tom Rawinski–once stated at the “Growing Deer Debate Conference” years back that if native plants are “given an equal playing field” in regards to deer browse, they will outcompete non-native and interfering plants. This deer exclosure installed jointly by NY Forest Owners AssociationContinue Reading