SOT - Jerry Michael Woods Walk

Jerry Michael Woods Walk

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:30 am

A Chapter Woods walk will be held at Jerry Michael's Broome County woodlot at 9:30 on Saturday, May 19th. Master Forest Owner Volunteers from the region will also be attending.

For the past 15 years, the primary management objective for this property has been forest regeneration, and participants will have the opportunity see and compare the results of several different approaches:

In a 12-acre clear cut where a Red pine plantation was leveled by an ice storm in 2003, 800 timber-species seedlings were planted and protected with plastic tree shelters. Another 800 seedlings were planted and protected by a 3-acre, eight foot deer exclosure fence. Another 200 seedlings were planted without deer protection as a control. The stand is now a 14-year-old "early succession" forest with planted Sugar maple, Red oak and Black cherry saplings ranging up to 15' tall, and competing with natural regeneration of pioneer species.

In a 20-acre second-growth hardwood stand, interfering vegetation was killed and a shelterwood harvest was conducted. Where logging slash was insufficient, the resulting regeneration was protected by several quarter-acre deer exclosure fences until the regeneration outgrew the reach of deer. In other areas, browsed saplings were coppiced during the dormant season and protected with tree shelters. Because they had well-established root systems, many produced stump sprouts exceeding 6' in height during the first season.

Successful regeneration requires varying approaches, depending on the manager's objectives, budget, and conditions on the ground. This woods walk may reveal some solutions that could work for you. Participants will walk approximately one mile, some of it gradually uphill. Wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather and bring water.

Location: 3192 State Route 206, Whitney Point, NY 13862. Take Exit #8 from I 81 and then go East on Route 206 for approximately 2 miles to the top of the hill. Property is on the right, a short distance past the Sportsman's Club. There is a red cottage and garage on the property. If conditions are dry enough we will be parking on the lawn. Otherwise along the shoulder of Route 206. Please call Jerry at (607) 648-2941 if you plan to come so that we can plan for parking.

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