2020 NYS Farm Show, Forestry Seminars

The New York Farm Show 2020 is scheduled for February 27-29 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY.There is plenty of free parking and shuttle buses running each day, all day, through the extensive parking areas.Be sure to visit the NYFOA exhibits and booth.Master Forest Owner Volunteers are available to speak with as well.NYFOA has an extensive calendar of speakers to choose from throughout the three days.For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Farm Show website at: www.newyorkfarmshow.com/en/home.html.



Thursday Feb. 27 Moderator Kristina Ferrare

1:00 PM-200 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, watershed and other uses.

2:00 PM-3:00 PM – Attracting Wildlife: Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock

Andrew Weik, Biologist, Ruffed Grouse Society

Having wildlife on your property adds a lot and grouse and woodcock are 2 important species here in New York. To attract them certain forest management practices are needed.

3-00 PM-4:00 PM- Renewable Energy From the Land: Wood Fuel to Solar and Wind

Edward and Peggy Neuhauser, Landowners and former energy consultant

Learn some of the efficient ways to harvest wood fuel and also the possibilities and cautions you need to know before turning your land into a wind or solar power area.

Friday Feb. 28 Moderator Hugh Canham

10:00 AM-11:00 AM – Woodlot Thinning for Tree Health and Maple Sap Production

Peter Smallidge, NYS Extension Forester, Cornell University

By removing some trees and giving room for others to grow you improve the overall health and resiliency of your woods and getting more sap for maple syrup.

11:00 AM-NOON – Woodlot Regeneration: Growing Trees and Limiting Deer Damage

Peter Smallidge and Brett Chedzoy, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Too many deer can significantly reduce the ability of your woods to regrow young trees after a timber harvest. There are some interesting new ways to have both deer and young trees.

1:00 PM-2:00 PM – Insects and Diseases in Your Woods

Kim Adams, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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

2:00 PM-3:00 PM – Rights and Responsibilities of Landowners

David Colligan, Esq.Attorney, Colligan Law Firm, Buffalo NY

Owning land brings certain legal responsibilities and possible liabilities.Learn what you need to know about maintaining boundaries, trespass, easements, zoning etc.

3:00 PM-4:00 PM – Silvopasturing: Trees and Animals Together

Brett Chedzoy, Regional Extension Forester, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County

It is possible to grow trees and have a successful animal herd on the same land. From personal experiences and professional knowledge see how it can be done.

Saturday Feb. 29 Moderator Hugh Canham

10:00 AM-11:00 AM – How to Get Professional Advice for Your Woodlot

Hugh Canham, Emeritus Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

There are many things you should know about your land: legal, biological and physical aspects, selling timber, etc. Get an overview of various public agencies and private consultants.

11:00 AM-NOON – Maple Syrup Making for Fun and Profit

Steve Childs, Cornell Maple Program

Producing maple syrup from your woodlot van be an exciting hobby or a business. There are several alternative ways of going about it.

1:00 PM-2:00 PM – Experiences of a Woodlot Owner

David Morabito, Landowner

See the successes and difficulties one landowner has experienced over the years in having timber sales and other endeavors. Learn what you might be able to do or avoid.

2:00 PM-3:00 PM – Trees of New York: Identification and Growth Habits

Levi O’Brien, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Learn how to identify the common trees found in New York State and how they grow; what different species need to develop in a forest setting.

3:00 PM-4:00 PM – How Resilient are Your Woods

Kristina Ferrare, Regional Extension Forester, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County

Gregg Sargis, Director of Ecological Management, The Nature Conservancy – New York

How well can your woodlot withstand a hurricane, insect infestation or recover from a timber harvest. Learn some indicators you can observe in your woods and protecting the land.

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