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Catskill Woodsman Education Series – All Things Apples

April 14, 2023 - April 16, 2023


Do you want to learn hands-on technical conservation skills for useful purposes here in the Catskill Mountains? CFA has designed a seasonal 3-day long, in-person training module series to improve your skills for Catskill Mountain Forest Living. This is a MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT.

This is a multi-day course to provide Catskill Regional Landowners with a basic understanding, accompanied by hands-on experience and skills to manage the forests, fruits, and wildlife of the Catskill Region at a landowner scale. We are focused to pass hands-on skills and basic concepts of forest management, wildlife management, and backyard forest-based food production to you, the active participant.

The Spring 2023 course will focus on every aspect of apple tree production and maintenance, as well as tree planting. We will also include Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance, and Game of Logging Level 1, as most topics discussed will involve the use of a chainsaw and tree felling in some form.

Day 1 will include a long-form discussion on chainsaw sharpening and maintenance in the morning, followed by hands-on demonstrations and participation in Apple Tree Pruning and Apple Tree Grafting in the afternoon.

Day 2 will be Game of Logging Level 1 – a full-day certification course in directional tree felling and chainsaw safety.

Day 3 will be a hands-on demonstration of releasing apple trees to full sunlight and an introduction to habitat management techniques to improve wildlife habitat on your land followed by a lecture and hands-on demonstration of tree planting in the afternoon.

Come prepared with your own chainsaw with all personal protective equipment (helmet, chaps, leather boots, eye protection, hearing protection). In addition, bring a bagged lunch and water for each day. Come prepared for all weather, we won’t cancel for weather.

Friday April 14th DAY 1 – 8am – 4:00pm

Saturday April 15th Day 2 – 7:30am – 5pm

Sunday April 16th Day 3 – 9:00am – 4pm

Price for this MEMBERS ONLY EVENT – $450

We would like to thank Charlotte Nicholson for helping make this event happen.


April 14, 2023
April 16, 2023
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432 Elliots Hill Road, Arkville NY
432 Elliots Hill Road
Arkville, 12406
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