WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Last week John MacNaught & I treated the largest white ash I’ve ever seen in Delaware County (49″ in diameter at breast height). As many of you know, ash is being killed by Emerald Ash Borer. We hope to preserve this ash into theContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? A couple of days ago it was so warm that I swore I was scratching the back of my neck from “no see-um” bites, but that could have been my imagination. Temperatures reached out into the mid 60s for 2 days in a rowContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? After today, it seems like the entire extended forecast is showing a general warming trend. In other words, here comes the heart of the maple season. I think I’m just about half done with my season. Already, I’m just about over a quart of syrupContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? A few days ago my daughter – Metta Mae – said, “Daddy, I just need to go in the woods; I want to go outside with you.” After hearing this, I had to readjust what I was about to do & took her “inContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Been busy gathering scion-wood for apple tree grafting coming up this spring. A scion is taken from a desirable apple tree and grafted onto another apple tree (or rootstock). I was fortunate enough to be able to gather from Schoonmakers Farm near Accord, Ulster County. The Schoonmakers are 12thContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Been out cutting a lot of trees recently for habitat management purposes. On one member’s property we were “day-lighting” the white oak & cutting the nearby bitternut hickory trees. These trees were less than 24″ in diameter. After cutting one down, it aged outContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I’ve been boiling quite consistently over the last week until yesterday. After 3 consecutive nights where temperatures remained above freezing, the trees finally quit (sap stopped running). Now, I’m just waiting for another freeze and a warm day. It’s pretty unusual to have suchContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? The winter months have had me working in the woods, harvesting ash trees in my spare time. The Emerald Ash Borer is just over the hill from these trees and they wont be around to harvest much longer. The CFA can aid you inContinue Reading