WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Recently I got to see one of our pear grafts from 2017. The original pears–or “rootstock”–were ornamental or Bradford pears. The member wanted something fruitful and we grafted an Asian pear onto it at about 6 feet. We have learned that once pears unionize,Continue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? It’s that time of year already. Summer is closing and some signs are more obvious than others. Take this doe I snapped a picture of last week near Smallwood, Sullivan County. She refused to move and continued to chew her cud comfortably. Her coatContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? The pear tree & my daughter–Metta Mae–keep on growing. Both were brought to our home at about the same time in 2013, so it’s fun to watch each grow. May the forest be with you,   Ryan Trapani Director of Forest Services Catskill ForestContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I was lucky enough to visit a member’s bradford pear tree a few days ago that was grafted with an ‘Asian Pear’ scionwood or cutting. These pears seem to grow faster than anything else so far. We had to put in a stake toContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Just got back to the office after checking on 1 experimental pear graft made in May. CFA grafted an Asian pear to a wild or “volunteer” hawthorn (thornapple) tree; so far, so good. We’ll find something good about those thorny hawthorns just yet. MayContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? You’ve heard it before. “They grow up so fast.” The advantage we have over prior generations is our greater access to cameras and digital media. Yesterday, I snapped a photo of my eldest daughter near a pear tree. The pear is 5 and theContinue Reading