2019 NYS Farm Show

Free programs at the NY FARM SHOW February 21-22-23, 2019 State Fairgrounds - Syracuse, New York

Note to all: Forestry seminar organizer and NYFOA Board Member, Kristina Ferrare, needs volunteers to help with the seminars. See attached for positions needed. To volunteer for a shift contact Kristina Ferrare at CCE Onondadga County, kaf226@cornell.edu, (315)424‐9485ext. 231

Free Programs to help landowners get more benefits from their woodlots will be presented each day during the 2018 Farm Show in Syracuse by the New York Forest Owners Association.

Meet with a forester from the State Department of Environmental Conservation or speak with a Cornell trained volunteer. Visitors are encouraged to bring their questions and pause at the booth area before or after attending a seminar program. The DEC foresters and trained volunteers are there to help with resource materials, displays and expert advice.

Learn More, Earn More seminars are free and open to all. Topics include seminars on New York woodlands, trail creation and maintenance, federal cost sharing for woodlot improvements, white-tailed deer management, and long term legacy planning for your woodlot, among others. Programs start on the hour and allow time for questions and discussion.

The booth is on the main corridor of the Arts and Home Center, and the Seminars are held in the Somerset Room just steps away on the lower level of the Center.

These programs are presented by the New York Forest Owners Association in cooperation with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation, Cornell Cooperative Extension, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and with special thanks to each of our expert speakers.

Seminar topics and speakers are listed below...



Thursday Feb. 21 Moderator Kristina Ferrare

  • 11:00 AM-NOON – Insects that Threaten our Woods; Mark Whitmore, Cornell University

An update on the various insects that are invading the woods of New York and what can be done to save our trees.

  • 1:00 PM-4:00 PM – It’s Your Legacy: Planning for the Future of Your Land; Kristina Ferrare, Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County and Kimberly N. Rothman, Bousquet Holstein PLLC

Your woodlot can live on after you, but to insure that your wishes are addressed after you are gone, careful planning needs to take place now.

Friday Feb. 22 Moderator Hugh Canham

An overview of how the woods of New York have evolved over the last 200 years and how what happens in our forests affects every New York citizen.

  • 11:00 AM-NOON – Identification and Ecology of Northeastern Hardwoods; Peter Smallidge, State Extension Forester, Cornell University

Principles of tree identification using leaves, twigs, and bark and growth habits.

  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM- Ecology and Management of Invasive Species; Peter Smallidge, State Extension Forester, Cornell University

How to control common interfering plants(buckthorn, roses, honeysuckle, Russian olive, and barberry) using organic and chemical processes

  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM-The Future of American Chestnut in New York, Sara Fern Fitzsimmons, Dir. of Restoration Penn State Univ.

The American Chestnut tree, once a proud member of our forests is making a comeback thanks to the creation of disease resistant families.Discover when restoration might begin in New York and what you can do to help.

  • 3:00 PM-4:00 PM-White Tail Deer: Too Many or Not Enough; Jeremy Hurst, NYS Dep’t of Environmental Conservation

Some woodlot owners want to have more deer for hunting or viewing.Others need to control the deer herd or their young trees will be destroyed but how to achieve a balance between these 2 needs.

Saturday Feb. 23 Moderator Hugh Canham

  • 10:00 AM-11:00 AM – New York’s Woodlands: What We Have and Their Importance; Hugh Canham, Emeritus Professor, SUNY College of Env. Sci. and Forestry

An overview of how the woods of New York have evolved over the last 200 years and how what happens in our forests affects every New York citizen.

  • 11:00 AM-NOON- Protecting From Biting Insects & Pesky Plants in the Woods; Mike Burns, NY Center for Agriculture Medicine & Health

As we walk through our woods or work in them we need to be aware of the dangers from certain insects and various plants that can harm us and how to prevent injury.

  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM –Safe and Useful Trails in Your Woods; Stacey Kazacos, Woodlot Owner, Mt. Vision, NY

How to create and maintain trails and access roads in your woods, from actual experiences of a landowner.

  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM-Getting Federal Aid for Woodlot Improvements; Michael Fournier, US Dep’t of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service

There are several programs available to woods owners for financial assistance to improve your property for timber wildlife, and other uses.

  • 3:00 PM-4:00 PM- Woodlot Management and Income Taxes; Hugh Canham, Emeritus Professor, SUNY College of Env. Sci. and Forestry

How you manage your property and handle the income from timber sales can greatly affect how much income taxes you pay.

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