AFC: Morabito Woods Walk 2021

Morabito Woods Walk 2021

by Colette Morabito

We would like to invite you to come and join us for a woods walk at our camp on Saturday August 14, 2021 beginning at 9 a.m..Our address is:6067 White Creek Road, County Road 17, in Friendship/Belfast, NY (your GPS may like one town better than the other!).We look forward to sharing our ever-changing woodlot with you.Forester Bruce Robinson will present his excellent forest management skills at every turn.A light breakfast will be shared during introductions as well as an overview of the woods walk by Bruce.

Upon the completion of the woods walk, we invite you to stay for further conversation and lunch, cooked over an open fire:hot dogs, s’mores, etc.We look forward to members from both Western Finger Lakes and Allegany Foothills Chapters joining us for this much anticipated gathering.Please dress for the weather and wear good solid shoes for mixed terrain.This is an outdoor event.Please follow the Covid guidelines as required at that time.

Please RSVP for the number in your group that will be attending so that we may have adequate food available for all!Email:colettemorabito57@gmail.comTelephone:585.248.0654 (feel free to leave a message)

“There are subtle changes naturally occurring continuously in our forests. Some we welcome and some we would like to delay. Understanding successional changes and managing those that allow us to attain the benefits possible in a forest targeted to a particular segment of the whole forest life timeline, produces years-saving results. Is it possible to manage for sugar maple without including all climax species, such as beech, hemlock, yellow and black birch in the mix? Ironically, management often does exactly what we wish not to do. Are there biological differences between a 12-inch average diameter forest that has grown relatively undisturbed, when compared to a 12-inch average diameter forest that has resulted from the removal of all merchantable larger trees? Cutting trees is the answer, yes, but selection remains the question.

Arranged will be a combination of driving and walking (running is not allowed due to so many of us who have forgotten how). Bruce Robinson will be talking, thus generous rest/recover periods will result at each stop.

We will have an opportunity to see improved access, vernal pools, and a new pond benefiting wildlife.”

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