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Philip Di Benedetto has always been an avid outdoorsman, particularly enjoying hiking, fishing and kayaking. During his 20’s he took three months to backpack and hike in nearly all of the major US national parks, plus Banff and Jasper national parks in Canada. This sense of adventure has been reflected in some major career changes – going from training Standardbred pacers and trotters for 10 years to working as a surveyor while attending night classes to achieve a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Born and raised in Elizabeth NJ, he currently works as an engineer for the US Navy in Lakehurst NJ, just a few hundred yards from the Hindenburg crash site. He has long loved the Adirondacks and was looking for land there for about 20 years. When he became discouraged by relying on realtors, he put significant time into doing his own research online, putting his background as a surveyor to use in evaluating property features and topography. He had almost given up on finding the right parcel before he came across the 38 acre camp that he and his fiancé Susan call Harmony Hill. Phil has two sons, Ian (an Army Ranger currently serving in Iraq) and Scott (an accountant), while Susan has three successful daughters of her own.

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The mission of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA) is to promote sustainable forestry practices and improved stewardship on privately owned woodlands in New York State. NYFOA is a not-for-profit group of people who care about NYS trees and forests and are interested in the thoughtful management of private forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

Through local chapter and statewide activities such as woods walks and tours, the bi-monthly New York Forest Owner magazine, and affiliation with other organizations with similar objectives, NYFOA helps woodland owners to achieve their management objectives for their properties and encourages the appreciation of the qualities and importance of New York’s forests.

Find out about the SUNY-ESF
Ten Thousand Chestnut Challenge here.

NYFOA is a proud sponsor of the...

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The Northeast Timber Growing Contest is designed to help improve the long-term productivity and health of small private woodlands in the northeastern forest through the engagement of landowners and forestry professionals in a process that includes education, research, technology transfer, and friendly competition.

For more information, click on the logo above or go to www.TimberContest.com and get ready to grow BIG trees!



Click the logo above to find out why New York’s Forests are an “endangered species” and how NYFOA’s “Restore New York Woodlands” initiative is addressing the crisis. Also locate a scheduled woodswalk in your area where you can learn more about the issue.


"The Future of New York Forests at Risk-
Working Toward a Comprehensive Solution"

More than 150 forest stakeholders attended this NYFOA-sponsored Symposium at SUNY ESF on April 25th, 2015.

Click HERE for links to the Symposium Agenda, PDF files of speakers’ presentations, and relevant references and webinars.


Discussing Solutions for Deer Impact
on the Environment

Our good friends in the Catskill Forest Association are scheduling this conference for October 31, 2015 in Margaretville, NY. Please click HERE for viewing the brochure with more details.

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Looking for an event in your area? Click on Chapters above and visit the chapter pages to find out what's happening!

Wanted: Landowners for Member Profiles! As many of you know, we include a member landowner profile in each issue of the Forest Owner magazine. The next several issues of the Forest Owner, especially in 2015, will be highlighting various aspects of forest regeneration or restoration. Do you have any experiences related to your efforts, successes, or failures with forest regeneration? If so, we would love to hear from you and any others that would be interested in being interviewed for the profile. If interested, please click on the link below and we will be in touch. The time commitment is only about 30 minutes for the interview. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OwnerProfile

Even if you don’t have any stories to tell about regeneration we are still interested in hearing from you if you would like to be profiled for the Forest Owner. Any questions? Please contact me at the number or e-mail below.

Jeff Joseph
529 Prospect Valley
Willseyville, NY 13864
(607) 659-5995



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