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May 2016

Forest Flowers Walk

May 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This is a great time to get in the woods and see some flowers. Before the trees cast a deep shadow under their canopies is a time for understory plants…

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October 2016

Tree ID & Forest History Walk

October 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Olive Free Library, 4033 NY-28A
West Shokan, NY 12494 United States
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Free

CFA’s Education Forester – Ryan Trapani – will be leading a walk on state forest preserve land beginning @ the Kanape Parking Area. Ryan will discuss how tree identification can serve as one way to decipher a forest’s history. Meet @ Olive Free library in West Shokan @ 10am. Be prepared to hike. Free admission. For more information—(845) 586-3054 or cfa@catskill.net

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December 2016

Deer Cutting Demonstration

December 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
1846 Big Red Kill Road
Fleischmanns, NY 12430 United States

Unfortunately, once you harvest your deer, they don’t come with an instruction manual. Knowing how to properly process a deer will lead to less waste, better tasting venison, & reduced costs $$$ too.…

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Deer Cutting Demonstration

December 17, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tom Phillips, 1846 Big Red Kill Road
Fleischmanns, NY 12430 United States
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$10

Learn how to process your deer harvest from start to finish. Members free; $10/non-members.

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January 2017

Designing Fruitful Forests-NOFA-NY Winter Conference

January 20, 2017 - January 22, 2017
Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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$285

Ryan Trapani, Education Forester and John MacNaught, Wildlife Specialist of the Catskill Forest Association will be presenting on Saturday @ NOFA-NY's 3-DAY Winter Conference. John & Ryan will guide you through simple…

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February 2017

Forestry Friday!

February 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
CFA OFFICE, 43469 State Highway 28
Arkville, NY 12406
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The first Friday of every month is Forestry Friday. This month, NYS DEC Environmental Conservation Officer Jared Woodin will discuss Trespassing Issues. Please come with questions. Friday, February 3rd, 6-7pm at…

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Beginner Maple Syrup Making

February 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Catskill Forest Association, 43469 State Highway 28
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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$10

Presentation for the Beginner Backyard Sugarmaker. Members free; $10/non-members.

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March 2017

Restorative Apple Tree Pruning Demo

March 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hubbell Farm, 46124 State Route 30
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States
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$10

Learn how to bring back your apple tree into fruition via pruning. Members free; $10/non-members

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April 2017

Cutting Firewood

April 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
86 Davis Hollow Road
Andes, NY 13731 United States
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$10

Learn how to improve your forest while cutting firewood. Members free; $10/non-members

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May 2017

Apple Tree Grafting Demonstration

May 6, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Margaretville Pavillion, Behind Freshtown Supermarket
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States
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$10

Turn a lousy apple tree into something that tastes good via grafting. Members free; $10/non-members

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Forest Flowers Walk

May 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Seager Parking Area, Dry Brook Road
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
$10

Spring is a great time to see flowers on the forest floor before the leaves come out. Members free; $10/non-members.

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Deer Exclosure Walk

May 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
541 Cemetery Road
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States
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$10

Demonstration exhibiting deer impacts in the Catskills forest. See what grows on the forest floor when deer are excluded via a fence. CFA & NYFOA members free; $10/non-members

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June 2017

Forestry for Wildlife Walk

June 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
70 Quarry Road
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States
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$10
Cover, Wildlife habitat management, hinge cutting

Demonstration on how to create better wildlife habitat in the forest. Members free; $10/non-members.

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Backyard Edibles & Medicinals

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
355 Hill Road
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States
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$10

Learn to ID a few plants in your backyard for edibility & medicinal use with Amy Metnick. Members free; $10/non-members.

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July 2017

Forestry First Friday: “America’s First Forest”

July 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Catskill Forest Association, 43469 State Highway 28
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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Cark Scenck. America;s First Forester

Join us at CFA'S OFFICE for a screening of America's First Forest! See the first full-length, in-depth documentary film ever made about legendary forester and educator Carl Schenck and his environmental…

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Tree ID & Forest History Walk

July 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rider Hollow Trailhead, Rider Hollow Road
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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$10

Unravel both the names of trees & prior land uses in these hills. Members free; $10/non-members.

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Managing A Woodlot for Considering Deer Browse

July 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
PeNGUIN Ice Cream & Snack Bar, 11181 State Route 8
Masonville, NY 13804 United States
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$10
Trail Camera Program

NYS DEC Forester--Nathan Funk--will show examples of how the DEC is coping with deer browse on the Steam Mill State Forest. Be prepared to walk in the woods. Members free;…

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Catskill Forest Festival

July 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Margaretville Pavillion, Behind Freshtown Supermarket
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States
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Catskill Forest Festival

Annual Celebration of the Catskill Mountain Forest. Live demonstrations, forest-based vendors, crafts, education, activities, food & more. Donations welcomed.  

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August 2017

Ginseng Walk

August 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Catskill Forest Association, 43469 State Highway 28
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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$20

Learn about where ginseng grows 1st hand & how it can be preserved. BE PREPARED TO HIKE OFF-TRAIL & UP-HILL. Members free; $20/non-members.

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Mushroom Walk 1 – Rider Hollow

August 6, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rider Hollow Trailhead, Rider Hollow Road
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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$15

“There are old mushroom hunters & there are bold mushroom hunters, but not old & bold mushroom hunters.” John Michelotti - from Catskill Fungi - will help you identify a…

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Ginseng Walk

August 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Catskill Forest Association, 43469 State Highway 28
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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$20

Learn about where ginseng grows 1st hand & how it can be preserved. BE PREPARED TO HIKE OFF-TRAIL & UP-HILL. Members free; $20/non-members.

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September 2017

Forestry First Friday – Deer Exclosure

September 1, 2017 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
541 Cemetery Rd. Margaretville, NY 12455, 541 Cemetery Rd
Margaretville, NY, NY 12455 United States
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Join us at CFA'S Deer Exclosure Site in Margaretville, NY to see what has grown in the forest after deer were excluded via an 8 foot fence. We installed the…

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Chainsaw Maintenance

September 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Catskill Forest Association, 43469 State Highway 28
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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$10

Maintenance basics for using a chainsaw; a must-have tool for forest management. Members free; $10/non-members.

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Small Cider Press Demo & Maple (granulated) Sugar Demo

September 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Catskill Forest Association, 43469 State Highway 28
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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$10

Live demonstration cider-making & maple sugar making. CFA members free; $10/non-members.  

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October 2017

Get to Know Your Forest

October 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Camp Shankitunk, 2420 Arbor Hill Road
Delhi, NY 13753 United States
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$10

CFA’s Executive Director – Ryan Trapani – will discuss the overall condition of the Catskills forests & some things you can do to improve forest health in your neck of…

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CFA’s Annual Membership Meeting

October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Union Grove Distillery, 43311 NY-28
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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The 2017 Annual Membership Meeting will be held on October 14th at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY. The meeting will cover several presentations, including:   "An Overview of…

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Designing Fruitful Forests

October 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Halcott Grange No. 881, 264 County Route 3
Fleischmanns, NY 12430 United States
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FREE

"Second Saturdays at the Grange" in Halcott Center will feature Ryan Trapani (Director of Forest Services) & John MacNaught (Forest Program Manager) from the Catskill Forest Association. Ryan & John…

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Mushroom Walk 2 – Big Indian

October 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Big Indian Park, 8280 State New York 28
Big Indian, NY 12410 United States
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“There are old mushroom hunters & there are bold mushroom hunters, but not old & bold mushroom hunters.” John Michelotti - from Catskill Fungi - will help you identify a…

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Game of Logging Level 1

October 21, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
325 Maggie Hoad Road
Delancey, NY 13752 United States
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$150

Learn how to safely & proficiently fell trees. Personal protective equipment required. Members $135; non-members $150.

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The Art & Craft of Catskill Leather

October 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ellenville Public Library & Museum, 40 Center Street
Ellenville, NY 12428 United States
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FREE

Ryan Trapani – Director of Forest Services for the Catskill Forest Association – will discuss the impacts of the hemlock bark tanning industry on Catskills communities and forests. He will…

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December 2017

Deer Processing Demonstration

December 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
2966 Dry Brook Road
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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$10

Learn how to process your deer from start to finish. Members free; $10/non-members. Call CFA to pre-register: (845) 586-3054  

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January 2018

Restorative Apple Tree Pruning Demo

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
790 Grimm Road
East Meredith, NY 13757 United States
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$10

Many landowners have at least one apple tree that needs some attention. We will teach you how to bring back your apple tree into fruition via pruning. Members free; $10/non-members. Call CFA…

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February 2018

Fruitful Furnishings Sawmill and Gary Mead Gallery Tour

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fruitful Furnishings Sawmill, 1289 Southside Rd.
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States
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$10

Gary Mead owns and operates Fruitful Furnishings Sawmill along with Gary Mead Gallery in Margaretville NY. Fruitful Furnishings is a production mill while Gary Mead Gallery highlights Gary's life work…

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April 2018

Sycamore Syrup – Another Table Syrup?

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Catskill Forest Association, 43469 State Highway 28
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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$10

Last year a CFA member let us taste some Sycamore Syrup he tapped and boiled down (similar to maple syrup). It was incredible! This year we just had to try…

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Game of Logging Level 1

April 28 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
325 Maggie Hoad Road
Delancey, NY 13752 United States
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Level I focuses on introducing the participant to open face felling and the development of techniques to safely use it. Topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw…

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May 2018

CFA/NYFOA Deer Exclosure Walk

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
541 Cemetery Rd. Margaretville, NY 12455, 541 Cemetery Rd
Margaretville, NY, NY 12455 United States
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Join us at CFA’S Deer Exclosure Site to see what has grown in the forest after deer were excluded via an 8 foot fence three years ago. We installed the…

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June 2018

Game of Logging – Level I

June 2 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
70 Maender Road, Margaretville, NY 12455, 70 Maender Road
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States
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Level I focuses on introducing the participant to open face felling and the development of techniques to safely use it. Topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw…

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Improving Habitat for Forest Birds – With Audubon NY

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 State Route 28
Mount Tremper, NY 12457 United States
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Bird

Learn about the habitat needs of a suite of forest birds, and how we can manage forests to provide quality habitat. Management recommendations to improve habitat will be discussed and…

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Tree Listening

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wallkill Valley Rail Trial, 133 Farmer's Turnpike
Gardiner, NY 12525 United States
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Ryan Trapani - Director of Forest Services for the Catskill Forest Association - will help you identify a few (or more) of some of the Wallkill Valley's commonly found trees.…

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Mushroom Log Inoculation Workshop w/ Catskill Fungi

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
344 Oliverea Road, Big Indian, NY 12410, 334 Oliverea Road
Big Indian, NY 12410 United States
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Learn from the experts at Catskill Fungi all about mushroom inoculation! Mycelium, or actively growing mushroom culture, is placed on a substrate — usually sterilized grains, such as rye or millet…

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Game of Logging Level 1

June 16 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Porter’s Camp, 86 Davis Hollow Road
Andes, NY 13731 United States
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Level I focuses on introducing the participant to open face felling and the development of techniques to safely use it. Topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw…

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Backyard Edibles & Medicinals

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
355 Hill Road, Margaretville, NY, 355 Hill Road
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States
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$10

Learn to ID a few plants in your backyard for edibility & medicinal use with Amy Metnick. Members free; $10/non-members. Call CFA to Pre-Register (845) 586-3054.

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July 2018

Forest History and Tree ID

July 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Margaretville Pavillion, Behind Freshtown Supermarket
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States
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$10

We will take a walk to both Identify Trees as well as figure out why that tree might be growing there using a little forest forensics. Learn about how past…

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Tree Listening

July 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Our beloved Catskill trees, their impact for human's is vast. Their attributes go beyond sheltering and shading us, their fruiting for food and medicine. Join Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, forager and herbalist…

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9th Annual Catskill Forest Festival 2018

July 28
Margaretville Pavillion, Behind Freshtown Supermarket
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States
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VISIT WWW.CATSKILLFORESTFESTIVAL.COM FOR A COMPLETE EVENT LINEUP, VENDOR INFORMATION, SPONSOR INFORMATION, AND MORE! An annual celebration of the beautiful Catskill Mountain Forests! Over 65 forestry-based vendors, live lumberjack shows, food…

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August 2018

Ginseng Walk

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Rider Hollow Trailhead, Rider Hollow Road
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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$20

Learn about where ginseng grows 1st hand & how it can be preserved.  Please note that Ginseng does not grow in the most easy-to-reach places. This means that a good portion…

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Wild Mushroom Woods Walk w/ Catskill Fungi

August 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rider Hollow Trailhead, Rider Hollow Road
Arkville, NY 12406 United States
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$15

“There are old mushroom hunters & there are bold mushroom hunters, but not old & bold mushroom hunters.” John Michelotti – from Catskill Fungi – will help you identify a…

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September 2018

The Winter Life of the Monarch Butterfly

September 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Margaretville Fire Hall, 77 Church Street
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States

Join us for "The Winter Life of the Monarch Butterfly: A look at the incredible migration of the Monarch butterfly to Mexico, with photos taken from this past winters overwintering…

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Game of Logging Level 1

September 8 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
541 Cemetery Road
Margaretville, NY 12455 United States
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Level I focuses on introducing the participant to open face felling and the development of techniques to safely use it. Topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw…

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Game of Logging Level 2

September 15 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
325 Maggie Hoag Rd., 325 Maggie Hoag Rd.
Delancey, NY 13752 United States
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Game of Logging Level 2 focuses on maximizing chainsaw performance through basic maintenance, carburetor setting, and filing techniques. Limbing and bucking techniques are introduced, spring pole cutting is covered and…

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