CDC - Springer's Woodswalk

Springer’s WoodsWalk

Date: Saturday September 14th

Time: 10am - Noon.

Place: Ravena, NY.

Bob & Darleen Springer

Blodgett Hill Road Ravena, NY

(3/10 mi. South of the intersection of

Blossom Hill and Blodgett Hill Road)

Woods and Taxes


NYFOA Member & Retired Forester, Carl Wiedemann

If you’re a woodland owner and would like to make ownership more affordable, then you’ll be interested in this opportunity to visit Bob Springer’s woodlot in Ravena (Albany County). Bob is a member of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA) and has generously opened his 164 acre property for this event.

Bob has taken two steps which have significantly reduced the tax burden. First, he is an active forest manager, with two timber sales over the past twenty years. Growing and selling valuable timber is one option woodland owners have, to generate income. Bob’s second action was, to enroll the property in New York’s Forest Tax Law program. Landowners with 50 acres or more of woodland can qualify, and most participants receive an 80% reduction in their assessment. Growing and selling valuable timber, and lower property taxes, make owning a woodlot much more affordable.

At this event, you will see a mature woodlot of mixed hardwood trees with many species, including: Red Oak, White Pine, Sugar Maple, Hickory, and Hemlock. We’ll talk about the difference between forestry, and simply selling to the highest bidder. You’ll get a chance to ask Bob about his experiences with selling timber, and the Forest Tax Law. High clearance all-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, because we’ll be using an unimproved woods road for access. However, there will also be opportunities for ride sharing.

The Capital District Chapter of NYFOA is pleased to sponsor this event, which is free and open to the public.

For more information, e-mail our Secretary (Laura) at:

Rain Date:Sunday, September 15th

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