WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? More charcoal. While walking off-trail near Cross Mountain, I came across some charcoal hidden on the forest floor. Another place that must have experienced fire in its past. Charcoal doesn’t really breakdown & will be there for a long time. Often these tiny littleContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? At CFA, we often install owl boxes for members. We can’t guarantee tenants since these animals are unpredictable. Also, most forests have plenty of competition for rentable rooms inside large, decayed spaces of dying trees. Still, these boxes offer one way to attract owlsContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? The apple tree pruning season is now far in the rear-view mirror, but I came across this photo taken on the last day of pruning somewhere near Margaretville. Pretty cool tree to leave off on. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but thisContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I like fishing most for brook trout in small, remote mountain streams. Often, these streams dead-end at the head of a hollow in a beaver meadow, miles from the nearest beaver encampment. I wondered if I’d ever see a beaver in transit or commutingContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Spring has arrived. As I stepped out of the truck last weekend I couldn’t help but snap a couple photos of early snowdrops and crocuses beginning to bloom beneath a sugar maple. Commonly seen flowering in late February or March snowdrops get an earlyContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Another maple sugaring season is in the books. After doing this for 15 years, I can say I still enjoy making the sweet stuff. Maple sugaring or the process hasn’t changed too much for me. However, many things have changed around me. Instead ofContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Yellow birch is a cool tree. It has beautiful yellow or gold papery bark and like black birch, its twigs taste like wintergreen. Yellow birch also has one unique competitive advantage over other trees. It can grow on just about anything. On a steepContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I remember talking to a local logger years back about his upcoming work schedule. There was some weather coming in or something, and he would calmly reply, “Well, if the mailman works, then I will be.” Although I would argue working outside is moreContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Well, the maple sugaring season seems to be finally in full-swing. The short-term forecast shows some cold days coming up that might inhibit sap-flow, but this weekend also shows a day in the 60s! Although temperatures have been “warm” or conducive for sap-flow, treesContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? A couple of weeks ago, Ulster County was hit pretty hard by heavy ice. Look it how thick this maple branch was coated in the frozen stuff. Although there was quite a bit of damage, it was pretty seeing the sunlight filter through allContinue Reading