NAC - ASGAARD Farm Woods Walk

ASGAARD Farm Woods Walk

10am Saturday October 12th

74 Asgaard Way, Ausable Forks NY

Scenic -Historical -Sustainable -Progressive

NY Forest Owner Assoc. members, local woodlot owners and all forest enthusiasts are invited to attend a woods walk at the Asgaard Farm and Dairy in Ausable Forks NY. The workshop is free and registration is not required.

Scenic Asgaard Farm and Dairy is the former home of artist, writer, adventurer and political activist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971). Kent resided here from the 1920s until his death in 1971. Asgaard not only served as the inspiration for many of Kent’s paintings, but was also a working dairy farm. David Brunner and Rhonda Butler acquired the farm in 1988. After working several years to restore the land and buildings, they put the farm back into production in 2003

“We sustainably harvest logs for our own use as well as for Ward Lumber in Jay, NY, under American Tree Farm certification. The mission of the Tree Farm System is to promote the growing of renewable forest resources on private lands while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of all benefits of productive forestry. We have a continuous program of harvesting each year (mostly white pine) but also some mixed hardwoods, including oak and maple. We practice both traditional chainsaw harvest and/or mechanical harvest depending on the site and situation. One of our earlier harvests was an ice storm '98 salvage cut with a conventional crew. More recently we harvested an area along the river in September of 2013 which is currently utilized as a “silvopature” grazing area where we raise “Heritage Hogs”. Thehogs are rotated through a recently logged woodlot, clearing the site, distributing fertilizer and rooting up the soil to facilitate new silvopatures that will eventually provide the rest of our livestock with shade and forage in the summer as well as protection from winter elements.

”This promises to be an interesting tour with some progressive farming and forestry techniques being utilized by the owners, who have enrolled a portion of their 1100-acre properties in the 480a forest tax plan. There will be a chance to see and discuss the condition of the forest 20 years after Ice Storm '98.

Mark your calendars, bring a brown bag lunch and a friend, appropriate footwear and clothing on what we hope will be a perfect weather fall day. Those who are up to the challenge are invited to walk to the summit of nearby Haystack mountain (not the 46’er) after the woods walk is completed

Scott Bono

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