NYFOA and Audubon Partner on Bird Habitat Woods Walk 6/12

NYFOA has been awarded a grant from Audubon for a series of bird habitat management woods walks over two years in three New York project areas: the Delaware River Watershed; the Lake Champlain and Upper Hudson River Watershed; and Central Appalachia. The first program is hosted by the Southern Adirondack Chapter of NYFOA, and is focused on Audubon Woods, Wildlife, and Warblers Habitat Management. This event takes place June 12th.  Attendance is limited to 40 participants, and pre-registration is required by June 4.
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2021 North American Agroforestry Conference seeks to scale up agroforestry for carbon drawdown

Spring Green, WI -- The 2021 North American Agroforestry Conference, “Scaling Up Agroforestry for Carbon Drawdown”, will be held online from June 28th to July 2nd. This year’s conference, co-hosted by the Savanna Institute and the Association for Temperate Agroforestry (AFTA), will bring together scientists, farmers, investors, journalists, citizens, and other agroforestry experts seeking ways to transition towards more climate friendly food systems. 
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ATFS E-Learning Available

All inspectors (new, current, expired) may now take inspector training for the 2021 ATFS Standards of Sustainability online. Anyone interested in taking online training MUST have user access to the ATFS database (

For current/previous inspectors- The home screen now indicates that e-learning is available and directs you to the Training>Take On-Line Training. For more details and an overview of how to access and complete the e-learning training, please click Read More below.

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DEC and Partners Continue Efforts to Control Invasive Hemlock Wooly Adelaide in Lake George


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and partners announced May 11th that additional efforts to limit the spread of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) on Forest Preserve lands in Washington County are underway. DEC forestry staff are treating 29 acres of infested hemlock stands near Shelving Rock and additional infested hemlocks near Paradise Bay. DEC is partnering with the New York State Hemlock Initiative and Cornell University to release Leucopis silver flies, a biological control for HWA, near Paradise Bay. These efforts are part of an ongoing, multi-year initiative to control the HWA infestation along the shores of Lake George that was discovered last August. Additional partners in these treatment efforts include the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) and Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC). 

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Learning about Backyard Wildlife in NYS - June 16, 2021 6-7 PM

The Monroe County Library System of New York is offering a zoom meeting on Learning about Backyard Wildlife in NYS on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 from 6-7 PM. Paul Curtis of Cornell University will talk about backyard wildlife in New York State. Many wildlife species readily adapt to and utilize the habitats we create in our home landscapes. Deer, squirrels, raccoons, voles, woodchucks, Canada geese, turkeys, and woodpeckers are among the many species commonly seen in suburban yards. Although most people enjoy viewing wildlife and feeding birds, sometimes unwanted damage or nuisance issues may arise. In this presentation, Curtis will discuss wildlife biology, behavior, and ways to reduce potential conflicts with common backyard wildlife species. He will also present ideas for habitat improvements for landowners who want to attract more wildlife to their property.

This program is for adults and older teens, and is through Zoom.

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USDA Awards $15 Million in Grants to Expand Wood Products, Wood Energy Markets and Community Forests

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded more than $15 million to fund grant proposals to develop and expand the use of wood products, strengthen emerging wood energy markets and protect community forests. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement in Colorado while visiting prescribed fire and wildfire recovery areas adjacent to the Roosevelt National Forest Northern Colorado Front Range landscape.
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Beech Syrup Bill Passes State Legislature, Advances Consumer and Ag Producer Protections, Expands Syrups Market

ALBANY, NY – The State Senate and Assembly unanimously passed legislation (S5751/A4690) to set a clear regulatory framework for beech syrup and beech sugar so that agricultural businesses have expanded market access and are protected from false advertising.

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NYTF Member Photos
New NYTF Member Scott Gilfus of Phoenix, NY in Onondaga County, poses for a recent photo by Dan Newman. Funding for his management plan is through NRCS.
Correction: Last month's photo of the Natale Family stated they had 31 acres. This was incorrect. They have 95 acres.
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