CDC - CCE "Forest Health and Productivity Report Card"

Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting the following program in Ballston Spa:

"Forest Health and Productivity Report Card" Preparing Your Woods for More Frequent Disturbance

April 26 2019, 10-3pm


As extreme weather and pest outbreaks become more common, do you wonder if your woodlot is in a strong position to recover and thrive? This workshop will focus on The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) 17,000 acre Tug Hill conservation area, where we are using both tried and true and new techniques to make the forest more resilient. Learn about the history of Tug Hill forests and TNC’s goal to guide them toward increased species diversity and structural complexity using familiar forestry practices.

Through plantings, timber stand improvement and medium-sized patch cuts, TNC has begun managing a number of stands to withstand the impacts of a changing climate. Staff from the project team, will discuss how they decided on the various management techniques, the challenges of a tight timeline and expected outcomes. They will also explain how the project inspired the creation of a forest health and productivity report card with CCE Onondaga that you can use in your woods to guide your management plans.

Gregg Sargis from TNC and Kristina Ferrare from CCE Onondaga will present on the Tug Hill Project and the Forest Health and Productivity Report Card. An outdoor walk to review the report card is planned. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. The workshop will also have a New York MFO’s FRESH Update.

Please call the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga to RSVP 518.885.8995 or email Kristopher Williams kbw44@cornell.ed


50 West High Street Ballston Spa NY 12020


The workshop will be limited to 45 participants.


10:00-11:30 Preparing Your Woods for More Frequent Disturbance Gregg Sargis and Kristina A. Ferrare


11:30 - 12:00 Master Forest Owners (MFO) Update


12:00 - 12:45 Lunch will be provided / sub-sandwiches and the like


Travel to Spa State Park


1:00-2:30 Woods Walk with Forest Resiliency Report Card at Saratoga Spa State Park


This program is brought to you by:

- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga Co & Capital Mohawk PRISM
- New York Master Forest Owner Program
- The Nature Conservancy
- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga Co
- New York Forest Owners Association, SAC and CDC chapters



Register with Kristopher Williams, contact information above.


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