WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Dug up these old photos someone sent to me a while ago of Seager Sawmill at the head of Dry Brook in the Town of Hardenburgh, Ulster County from perhaps the early 1900s. I believe one photo shows the mill with Graham/Doubletop Mt. inContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Fall foliage is underway. I have 2 red maples in my yard that are beginning to turn. I realize we had some bad drought this summer, but we could still be in good position for a nice fall foliage season. We’re looking for cool,Continue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Sometimes pruning apple trees just isn’t enough, especially on young & vigorous trees. Branches that tend to grow straight up or at a 45-degree angle tend to be more “vegetative” instead of “fruitful.” In other words, branches that grow near horizontal from the trunk,Continue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? My four kids encountered a bear! Don’t worry, they fared well. Ryan Trapani Director of Forest Services Catskill Forest AssociationContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Seems to be a lot of rust or leaf diseases going around this year. We’re also getting quite a bit of calls about the lack of fruit. For the most part, it seems that the lack of fruit is due to last year’s abundantContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? You’ve heard the saying before, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” In other words, something will always grow in, where something dies. The photo above is something I find all-too-often, especially on State Forest Preserve where huge swaths of hemlock stands are succumbing to hemlock woollyContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? One thing that keeps me coming to the woods, is that you never know what you might find. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but I love finding these “rocky rooms” often found in & around cliff faces while going up these mountains.Continue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? A lot of people–I find–love trees. But there is a time to throw in the towel. This red maple isn’t having it. Maple is one tree that isn’t too happy to have its roots squashed or compacted by sitework. Normally in 10 years orContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? One cool thing to see in the woods are “pit and mound” topography. The “pit” is formed when a tree is uprooted and usually blown over by wind creating a depression where the tree’s root-ball once existed. Over time, the upturned root-ball becomes aContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? It seems that most of the American ginseng I find is located in the western Catskills. This has always perplexed me. The only thing I can come up with is that deer browse seems worse in the southern & eastern Catskills. Yes, deer doContinue Reading