NY Tree Farm Program Visibility Events - Society of American Foresters and NYS Maple Producers Annual Meetings
The New York Tree Farm Program had the opportunity to set up exhibits in January at both the NYS Maple Producers Association Mid-Winter Classic in Syracuse and the NYS Chapter of the Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, also held in Syracuse. The NYTF booth featured a new full-color tabletop exhibit and a number of relevant publications. Both events provided an excellent opportunity for interacting with landowners, forestry professionals and other industry people.
The NYTF exhibit at the Maple Association event was staffed by NYTF Steering Committee member Walt Friebel and NYTF Administrator Mary Jeanne Packer. Walt and MJ were able to interact with many long-time sugarmakers as well as members of the younger generation at this show including representatives from a dozen or more FFA Chapters from across the state and also youth from several area BOCES maple and forestry programs. Mary Jeanne said, “The young people were especially interested in talking about non-timber forest products in general, and maple production in particular. I was delighted by their thoughtful questions and eagerness to be involved with active forest management now and in the future.”
Walt Friebel said, “Attending the NYS-SAF Annual Meeting last month was well worth the time and effort. We had a chance to interact with not only a number of consulting foresters but also many others interested in the Tree Farm Program and sustainable forestry in New York State.” Walt believes that NY Tree Farm will definitely be seeing an increase in involvement in the year ahead from new Tree Farm inspectors and also from landowners who want to be a part of the Program. There was an especially high number of inquiries from folks in the Finger Lakes Region.
Many members of the New York Tree Farm committee attended the SAF meeting and stopped by the booth to work with Walt in answering questions and visiting with foresters. “We had tremendous representation from the NYTF program leadership at this event. I want to especially thank our new Chair Dan Newman, and past Chairs Chris Prentis and Erin Perry for their time with me at the booth,” Walt said. Rod Jones, NYTF Treasurer and Susan Keister, past regional NYTF chair were also on hand. Annica McGuirk from the American Tree Farm System office in Washington, DC attended the meeting and offered a well-attended new Tree Farm inspector certification class.