NFC- Then and Now Walk

Event: Then and Now Walk

Date/Time: July 29, 10 AM

Location: Wayne and Brenda Forrest property in Hartland

Mark your calendar—July 29th, 2017! This summer’s Niagara Frontier Chapter woodswalk, will be in the town of Hartland, NY (Niagara County), starting at 10am. The woodswalk will be hosted by Wayne and Brenda Forrest. Participants on this woodswalk will be provided with a view of how this 33 acre well stocked woodlot looked before commercial thinning and how it will look 5 months later. Pre-logging photos located along the walk route will help attendees visualize the impact that falling and removing 250 trees had on it. Charlie Kesterson from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Bruce Robinson Consulting Forester, will be our guest presenters. Wayne has written 2 previous articles for our newsletter discussing the history of his property and we now have the opportunity to see Wayne’s progress on his management plan. More details in the summer newsletters!

Update (6/28/17, from the Summer newsletter):

This summer’s Niagara Frontier Chapter woodswalk, will be in the town of Hartland, (Gasport), NY (Niagara County), on July 29th starting at 10 am. Meet at the field edge south of 3596 Quaker Road (south of Route 104) by 9:45 am. Look for the pop up awning and NYFOA signs.
The woodswalk will be hosted by Wayne and Brenda Forrest. We will be able to compare pre-logging photos to the post-logging condition of this 33 acre woodlot. Due to the wet spring and heavy rains, the logging operation has just begun this week, June 27th, with a skidder on site. Guests will be Consulting Forester Bruce Robinson, who is managing the timber sale on this property and Charlie Kesterson, USDA, NRCS Resource Conser-vationist who is working with the Forrest’s to get approval for Conservation Stewardship Program participation.
The property consists of 84 acres in total with about 51 acres tilled and rented to local farmer. A forest stewardship management plan was developed in August of 2015 for the 33 wooded acres.

Participants will get a chance to walk the trail system that provides access to some of the property’s most notable fea-tures. The walk path will take us to the high bank area which over-looks the East Branch of Eighteen Mile Creek and is dominated by northern red oak in the +30” DBH range. The walk path will then descend slightly down to the creek flat where it will follow the south bank of Eighteen Mile Creek through the riparian buffer consisting of areas dominated by native plants/trees as well as others dominated by invasive plant species. Finally we will ascend out of the creek flat and make our way through the remnants of an apple orchard and past the remnants of a sand/gravel pit/vernal pool that is regenerating. The trails are 60” wide and vegetation will be brush hogged down to stubble. The trails are rut-ty, uneven and can be wet in spots depending up-on recent weather conditions so boots with ankle support are recommended.
Following the walk we will venture down the road to Becker Farms—Becker Brewing Gastro Pub for lunch (on your own) and a presentation by Charlie Kesterson.

Directions: GPS or Google Becker Farms: and follow north on Quaker, look for NYFOA signs on west side of the road or:
From the south: Take Rt. 78 north towards Lockport (Transit Rd.), turn right on Rt. 93 (east). Continue on 93 about 7 miles. 93 will bear right to Akron—DO NOT BEAR RIGHT, CONTINUE STRAIGHT—FOLLOW SIGN TO WOLCOTTSVILLE then 1/10th mile turn LEFT on Gasport Rd. Continue Gasport Rd, through vil-lage of Gasport, cross over the Erie Canal. Take next right on Slayton Settlement Rd. Continue to 2nd left which is Quaker Rd. Turn left. Continue North on Quaker, pass Becker Farms, then look for NYFOA sign about 1 mile down on west side, just before 3596 Quaker Rd. .
From the east/west: Take Rt. 104 to Hartland, turn south on Quaker Rd. You will see NYFOA signs on west side just after 3596 Quaker. Walk starts promptly at 10am, please arrive early!

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