Meet the new NYS Tree Farm Program
Steering Committee Chair Daniel Newman

 Daniel Newman of Windsor, N.Y., was named the 2020 Chair of the New York Tree Farm Program Steering Committee at the committee’s annual meeting in Albany in December 2019. Dan has been the Region 9 area chair for NY Tree Farm Program for a number of years and was the NY Tree Farm Program Steering Committee vice chair in 2018 and 2019. Dan is also a certified American Tree Farm System Tree Farm Inspector. He succeeds Chris Prentis as state Committee chair, a position Chris had held since 2015.

Dan began his professional career in natural resources work in 1998 when he graduated from the Elk Mountain Guides and Outfitters school in Colorado and became a professional hunting guide. Dan guided hunts for elk and mule deer throughout the Rockies for a number of years. He returned to NYS in 2003 and formed Newman Forest and Wildlife Management LLC, which he still operates today. Dan earned a bachelor's degree in Forestry and Renewable Resources from SUNY Morrisville.

The primary focus of Dan’s consulting practice is to help generate sustainable yield for forest owners from their property’s resources. Some of the practices that Dan recommends include establishing wildlife food plots and timber harvest.

Dan says, “My goal as a consulting forester is to educate landowners on the potential of their property and the returns it can provide. Those returns include income from select harvesting of timber and the overall enjoyment of managing a property to support wildlife.”

Dan is a member of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), is a QDMA Land Certification Program Inspector, and serves as a QDMA Catskill Branch Board Member. He is also a NYS Cooperating Forester, NYC Watershed Qualified Forester, a NRCS Certified Forester, and a Registered TSP for NYS and Pennsylvania. Dan is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Association of Consulting Foresters. 

Dan is looking forward to chairing the New York Tree Farm Program Steering Committee and working with NY Tree Farmers in the new decade.

NY Tree Farm Exhibit Planned for New York Farm Show at Syracuse Fairgrounds
February 27- 29, 2020
The New York Farm Show will be held at the NYS Fairgrounds from February 27-29. There is free parking at this event with shuttle buses running all day, everyday throughout the the parking areas. There will be many things to do and see while at the Farm Show. New York Tree Farm will have a table in the forestry area coordinated by NY Forest Owners Assoc. NYTF is also looking for people to help staff the table. If you are interested please contact Mary Jeanne Packer.
NYFOA has an extensive schedule of educational programs lined up during the NY Farm Show!

Link to Seminar Schedule
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.

2020 Tree Farm Required Inspections

The 2020 American Tree Farm System (ATFS) “required inspections” are now underway. If your Tree Farm was selected for re-inspection you will receive a notice in the mail.


Kayti Brinkman, the Northern Region Tree Farm Manager said, “Inspections are vital to keep inspectors, landowners, and the committee in harmony. Landowners get free advice from a forester, inspectors keep in touch with their clients on a regular basis, and committees know contact information is up to date and the landowners are following the Standards of Sustainability. By completing inspections in a timely manner, the health of the program is strong and any issues can be identified and sent on a course of corrections.”

Meet Christa
Christa Campbell in the NY Tree Farm office is here to
help with inspections and more.
Contact her at

Trees in the News
Greenwich Resident is State's Top Forest Ranger
by Don Lehman from The Post Star
A Greenwich NY man who has supervised forest rangers around the region for nearly two decades was promoted this month to lead all of the state’s rangers. John Solan, a captain with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, was named acting state director of the DEC’s Division of Forest Protection after Eric Lahr retired from the position as of Jan. 31. He will oversee the state’s 141 forest rangers.
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— Upcoming Events —

New York Farm Show
February 27-29, 2020
NYS  Fairgrounds, Syracuse 

Forestry Awareness Day
March 17, 2020
Albany, NY

Register Today

National Walk in the Woods Day
May 16th
Plan your walk today

NY Tree Farm Field Days
June 2020
Upper Hudson Region
Details coming soon
The four sides of the Tree Farm sign: Water. Wildlife. Recreation. Wood.
The mission of the NY Tree Farm Program is to promote the growing of renewable forest resources on private lands in New York State while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of all benefits of productive forestry. 

Contact us at the NY Tree Farm Office: PO Box 24, Washington Square, Greenwich, NY 12834, (518) 854-7386,
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