The Importance of Forested Land Inspections

A Timber Harvest in Progress. Photo by Daniel Newman

Managing your forested property can take many different forms. “Your plan is based on your own goals for the property,” said New York Tree Farm’s (NYTF) Erin Perry, Area Chair of the Capital Region and entrance to the Adirondacks, areas 3 and 4. - “Whatever it is that you want to use the property for, your management plan is built on that. All of these plans involve some sort of harvesting. The goal of a management plan is to nurture the natural progression of the forest with an underlying theme. What species that you harvest or leave may be determined by the wildlife you want to cultivate habitat for. Or perhaps there’s a stream out back that you like to go swimming in, and water quality is driving the shape of your forest. Forest management plans are based on your goals and what you want to use it for.”


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DEC Update on Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted lanternfly, Photo: Lawrence Barringer,
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture,

DEC is working closely with NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM) and the Federal USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to survey for the spotted lanternfly (SLF) invasive pest and to monitor the few instances of confirmed SLF detections in New York. Live adults have been found on Long Island, the Capital District, western New York, and most recently the southern tier. No reproducing populations have been detected, despite extensive surveillance associated with each find.

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Freshly Planted Trees at a NY Tree Farm. Photo by Dan Newman

Article by Angela Wells, Director of the American Tree Farm System

During this time of major social and economic disruption, when many people are affected by the stress of a looming health threat, financial uncertainty, or simply the deviation from treasured routines, I have felt the privilege of being a resident and steward to a piece of forestland even more acutely. This is my family’s first spring living on our family forest in Western Montana, and we feel daily gratitude for the fortuitous timing of our move “out of town” to a place where we find both safety and freedom to venture outside the confines of our house. We are also finding time – made available by forgoing the daily commute into the town office and all the associated errands, not to mention canceled social engagements – to check things off the long list of forest stewardship to-do’s. In this issue of the ATFS Network News, I’ll share a few activities we’ve found immensely satisfying in our time of social isolation that you might enjoy as well.

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UVM Management Survey

The University of Vermont is conducting a survey to understand the current status of forestry practices used when managing maple forests. The purpose of this study is to conduct a multi-state survey of northeast public and private foresters to understand current status of forest management related to maple sap production. Survey results will be compiled and summarized to help educate interested stakeholders as to best practices. You have been invited to participate given your professional experience in this area. Taking part in this study is voluntary. You may choose to withdraw at any time. If you take part in the survey you will be asked to complete the following online (or print survey). The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. If you would like to request a printed hard copy you can contact Mark Isselhardt at (802) 899-9926 or to have a copy sent to you.

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The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS), a program of the American Forest Foundation, announced today a second 60-day public comment period during the review process of the ATFS Standards of Sustainability.

The ATFS Standards are the benchmark for all ATFS forest certifications and its national network of certified inspectors and certificate holders. All certifications are third-party audited.

During this review period, running from June 2 - August 2, the public is encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed 2020-2025 Standards of Sustainability, which reflect comments submitted during a first public comment period, conducted earlier this year. In addition, the public is also invited to submit feedback on the Requirements for Independently Managed Groups (IMGs). 

September 2020 Game of Logging Classes

Photo by Dave Hosford, Flickr

Warrensburg, NY – Cornell Cooperative Extension will be offering two Game of Logging courses in September.  On Thursday, September 10th the Game of Logging Level 1 course will focus on introducing the participant to open face felling and to develop techniques to safely fall a tree.  Topics include: personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw reactive forces, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell, and understanding hinge wood strength.

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Walt's Webinars

NYTF Member Walt Friebel has found the following series of webinars to be useful for his forest management practices. Check them out below!

UMass Extension’s NEW Invasive Insect Webinar Series

Urban Forester Webcasts

— Upcoming Events —

NY Tree Farm Field Days
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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