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NYTF Inspectors - Certification Due 3/15/21 - Did you miss it?

 
This is a reminder that all inspectors certifications expired on March 15, 2021.  All inspectors MUST get re-certified. 

New York State, Re-Inspector Chair,  Erin Perry will be offering an additional training date to any inspectors that still need training. Please keep a lookout for the date(s) and time this Spring.  Please reach out to Christa (nytreefarm@gmail.com) to be added to the next list for training.

ATFS will be offering an e-learning platform that will be available in April 2021.   

If you completed the training through ATFS or Erin, you will receive a certificate within the next few weeks.  


There is a new inspection form, the 021! Download it here. You can learn more about inspector resources at ATFS' website as well, link below.
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NY maple producers find sweet success amidst pandemic

 
Aaron Wightman, co-director of the Cornell Maple Program and a New York state maple specialist. (Cornell University)
 
ITHACA, N.Y. — Maple sugaring season is in full swing across New York. Aaron Wightman, co-director of the Cornell Maple Program and a New York state maple specialist, weighs in on the current season, how climate change is impacting sap flow and how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the maple industry.
 
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International Day of Forests: March 21st



On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national, and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. (Photo by kazuend on Unsplash)

ROME — International Day of Forests 2021 celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests across the globe.

While the Day itself falls this year on Sunday, 21 March, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) marks the day on Friday, 19 March with a high-level online ceremony starting at 11 AM CET.

The theme for 2021 is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.”


 
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Cornell: Pruning Tips and Information


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NYTF reached out to Cornell University for resources on pruning fruit trees to get the year started off right for growers. Dr. Elizabeth Lamb of NYS Integrated Pest Management Program, shared the following links for our members.

Lamb recommended this YouTube video from Cornell Small Farms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDl-rfxWfIA

A PDF on the matter from Oneida County Cornell Cooperative Extension https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.cce.cornell.edu/attachments/22825/Apple-and-Pear-Trees-Pruning.pdf?1493933863
 
And also shared that while the below is aimed at commercial growers, there is information that is applicable for businesses and homeowners alike. https://fruit.cornell.edu/

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Cornell Cooperative Offers Game of Logging Courses


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Cornell Cooperative Extension has announced three Game of Logging courses set to take place April 21-23 2021, in North River, Warren County, NY. Game of Logging Level 1 is April 21st, Level 2 is April 22nd, and Storm Damage Response is April 23rd.

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DEC Nursery Programs

Andrew Randazzo, Outreach and Education Specialist, Division of Lands and Forests

 

Applications are currently open for two DEC Nursery Programs, the Buffer in a Bag program and the School Seedlings program. The Buffer in a Bag program provides free seedlings for landowners and organizations with access to waterbodies for riparian plantings. The School Seedlings program provides free seedlings to schools and youth focused organizations for educational uses. 

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Introduction to Forest Management in New York
March 24th, 5:30-8:30 PM

This online course is for land owners as well as any person who is interested in a career in forestry or forest-related businesses. The course will introduce the organizations and agencies involved in forest management in New York, cover tax incentive programs, provide information regarding forest management plans, and give you an overview of timber valuation. Agriculture opportunities within forests will also be discussed.

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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, nytreefarm@gmail.com
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