WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Apple trees are tough. Many trees have long turned color & dropped their leaves to the ground; not apple. Some apples still have green leaves & haven’t given up on taking in some sunshine just yet. There is a tree here in Arkville IContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Two nights ago I got to experience quite a remote and “foresty” rendezvous just after nightfall. Just after dark & sitting 25 feet or so in a red maple I heard the soft crunches of leaves from one side. They were quickly answered byContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Last week I got my first doe of the hunting season (it’s currently archery season). The doe was healthy looking & average-sized for the area I hunt. Each year I take notice of the fat growing on the deer’s rump. I use this fatContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Fall foliage this season was one of the best in years. As you might have guessed, red & sugar maple were awesome, showing off their blazing red and golden colors. However, oak trees were no slouch either. I even noticed a sassafras* tree thatContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Don’t let this happen to your apple tree! Release it from over-topping/competing trees before it’s too late. CFA can release apple trees – among other fruit & nut-bearing trees – in your forest during any time of year.   May the forest be withContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? This might be one of the best fall foliage seasons I have seen. When I crossed over into Narrow Notch & into South Kortright, Delaware County, the sugar maples still had all their golden leaves & the red maples had their red leaves too,Continue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? You may disagree, but I think this shrub is great for wildlife & humans alike despite its immigrant-status. Autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) has been handed a scarlet letter labeling it as “invasive.” However, its fruit can be delicious. Even better, is that it isContinue Reading

Apple trees – in many areas of the Catskills – aren’t looking so good this year. First, the apple crop was awesome last year & wild apple trees tend to “go biennial” with fruit production. Second, the Hudson Valley Lab has told me that droughty summer conditions have lead toContinue Reading

Red Oak, Tree, Acorns, Wildlife food

Red oak trees seem to have a healthy acorn crop this year. This is important for wildlife as a food source, especially with the lack of other mast crops this year, like apple. There has been a lot of deer squirrel, chipmunk, and turkey activity in oak stands this pastContinue Reading

epicormic sprout

So this is interesting: Beech trees seem to only epicormic sprout when hinge cut, they do not appear to root sprout. This allows for the removal of the shading beech while providing cover for wildlife. There is not vigorous beech growth from the roots allowing for regeneration of other species.Continue Reading