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On Friday, September 28, a tour of the Wightman Lumber mill in Portlandville, NY was provided by co-owner Dave Wightman. Here are more specifics of the tour...
As a result of her successful efforts to provide each NYFOA chapter with their own NYFOA table covers, NYFOA president Art Wagner expresses his sincere appreciation to Laura Pisarri.
The NYFOA Executive Committee recently approved a Public Service Announcement template and Interview Guide for use by Chapters in bringing their activities to the attention of the public.
​NYFOA's Director of Organizational Development, Mike Zagata, has developed a Speakers Bureau. This is a list of topics and speakers who have volunteered to talk about these topics at NYFOA events. Chapter Program Directors are invited to contact these speakers directly to arrange for presentations. Mike considers this a work-in-progress and invites all NYFOAns to contact him with suggestions for additional topics and additional speakers.
This year the Northern Woodlands conference will be held October 12-14 in Fairlee, Vermont.
After a long hiatus the Lower Hudson Chapter has a new leader who's bringing the chapter back into active service!
The Southern Tier Chapter encourages members who use Amazon for on-line purchases to register in the Amazon Smile program directed at NYFOA.
The NYFOA-sponsored Timber Growing Contest received national coverage in a recent issue of the National Woodlands magazine.
In order to allow members the opportunity to share information on what's going on on their property as well as share approaches to the way they've overcome problems, a new section has been added to this website called "Member Stories" with a page available for each member.
Since the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1960, Americans have focused on preserving our forests. Only now, decades later, have we come to realize that we were inadvertently evicting those wildlife species that depend on grass, brush and young forests for their survival. It is those places that provide them with the habitat they need to survive. The Golden Winged Warbler and the New England Cottontail served as the “canaries in the mine” and signaled to us that we needed to reverse course and begin again to actively manage our forests. The following article explains in-depth why conservationists have now shifted to the “Young Forest Initiative”.
On June 9th, a woods walk was held at Stacey and Jeannine Kazacos 100 acre tract in Otsego County. The woods walk offered participants insight into various aspects of both the 480a program offered by the state, and the variety of applications available for funding by the NRCS through its EQIP program.
On May 19, 2018, the Michael Tree Farm was the site of a NYFOA Southern Tier woods walk, which also served with cooperation from the Cornell Cooperative Extension as a refresher course for members of the Master Forest Owner Program. The weather was wet, but did not deter the enthusiasm of the attendees which included Brett Chedzoy Regional MFO Coordinator for the Cooperative Extension Program Michael Zagata, NYFOA, Director of OrganizatioDevelopment, and over two dozen Master Fores Owners, in addition to other NYFOA members.Participants traveled from as far as Jamestown and Albany, and everywhere in between.
Marilyn Wyman is an environmental education visionary who nurtures relationships between woodland owners and their woodlands; loggers and their safety and well-being; funders and their contract deliverables; invasive species and their Early detection and Rapid response; youth and their stake in our future world….and that was just in the past week!
The recipient of the NYFOA Outstanding Service Award for 2018 is Dean Faklis of Springwater, NY. An active Master Forest Owner volunteer and NYFOA member, in the last four years or so Dean has conceived, birthed and raised to maturity at least five successful initiatives. Dean has a fertile imagination and likes to think big. Shortly after being elected President of NYFOA, I had to add a folder to my email entitled “NYFOA – Dean's ideas.”
The Western Finger Lakes Chapter of NYFOA would like to thank Cathy for her contributions and her excellent job as secretary.
Gary Sergio has been a member of NYFOA since October 2010 and according to our newsletter archive has been on the steering committee beginning in 2014. Gary participates in the MFO program. He has had a woodswalk on his property. He organized the Unalam tour, helped with the mushroom class and the training for the Northeast Timber Growing Contest. Gary regularly attends chapter and steering committee meetings.
The quality of leadership plays a major role in the success of any organization. The Southeastern Adirondack Chapter of NYFOA is no exception. Over the years since its creation, SAC has had numerous effective, hard-working, and creative leaders who have spent their two years as Chair helping to make this a successful chapter, and contributing to the efficacy of our statewide organization. Several of us here know first-hand or from watching spouses and friends, that those two years as Chair are really demanding, as well as rewarding. We also know that chapters in the state that have not had leaders have disbanded or seriously diminished.
Carl can’t remember when he joined NYFOA, but he has been a member for many years with indispensable help and support from his wife of 50 years, Susan B. Stearns. His family, starting with his father, has taken timber to the sawmill for use on the farm and made maple syrup since the 1950s.They are working with their fifth DEC forester.
After a 35 year career in DEC, Dick Gibbs was recruited into NYFOA by everyone’s mentor, Mike Greason.
The Allegany Foothills Chapter is pleased to recognize Michael Jabot for our Chapter’s “NYFOA Service Award”.
NYFOA President Charles Stackhouse announces new Director of Organization Development, Michael Zagata.
SAVE THE DATE! The NYFOA Board of Directors announces that the 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the ESF campus in Syracuse, NY. Times and program details to follow.
NYFOA has rekindled the tradition of having a silent auction coincident with its annual meeting. The auction's beneficiaries for 2018 have been selected from several worthy organizations that are passionate about woodlands and NY's young people. And the winners are.....NY's 4-H Forestry Invitational Team and NYFOA's Woodlands Mini Grants! Please click here to learn more about this exciting development!
Cornell Small Farms Program is offering a one-day workshop this winter in eight locations around New York State titled: "Log-Grown Shiitake: Economics and Management for a Profitable Crop"
Welcome to Maple Weekend... March 17-18 & 24-25, 2018 During Maple Weekend maple farms across New York State invite visitors to their “sugar houses” to experience firsthand how pure, mouth-watering maple syrup and other related products are made. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York’s freshest syrup and purchase maple products.
"You and Your Forest" is a FREE informational letter series starting this February for woodland owners offered through Cooperative Extension. Your participation does not require any previous knowledge of forests or forestry. Topics include forest protection, wildlife, invasive species, and crop tree management. If you sign up, you will receive seven self-study installments beginning February 2018 and sent via email every two weeks. Call CCE’s Agroforestry Resource Center 518-622-9820 x0 to enroll.​
NYFOA is seeking a professional to work on a part-time basis, assisting our volunteer Board of Directors, Standing Committees and regional Chapter leadership in maximizing operational effectiveness. The applicant will be called upon to advise the Board regarding organizational structure, procedures and controls, but the primary emphasis will be support for the ten regional Chapters.
A report of the SOT tour on October 17th of the Unalam production facility.
Report on the September 30th woodswalk at the Texas Schoolhouse State Forest. Participants in the Sat. Sept. 30th woods walk at the Texas Schoolhouse State Forest had the opportunity to see first hand some of the timber harvesting practices being used by the DEC on the 350 acre tract of Norway Spruce, and Red Pine that will be go out on bid later this year.
With a looming legislative deadline of February 9th President Stackhouse is urging NYFOA members to write to key legislators in support of the proposed "Empire Forests for the Future Initiative” (EFFI) but opposing the unnecessarily burdensome Commercial Harvest Notification provision.
Over the summer I created the attached fact sheet to help inform landowners about forest impacts of deer. It occurred to me that NYFOA might be interested in distributing it. Anyone can print the pdf, of course, but I also have a bunch of copies on nice glossy paper, so let me know if there’s someone I can send or deliver some to for distribution to your members.
The NY Invasive Species Research Institute is coordinating the Invasive Species sessions again this year and will offer three days (November 13th -15th) of presentations on invasive species research and management (including topics such as innovations in invasive species projects, genetic engineering for invasive species management, aquatic invasive species detection and monitoring, use of drones for detecting invasive species, PRISM projects, communicating science to public audiences and others.).
Highlights of this issue from our neighbors to the South include: Regenerating the Forest, Profiles in Conservation, and Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners
Longtime active NYFOA member, Dick Patton, is featured in the American Forest Foundation's August newsletter.
Tax reform is on the agenda in Washington. So that we can prioritize our efforts, AFF is conducting a survey to determine which federal tax issues matter the most to family forest owners. To widen the net of our responses, I was hoping you could pass it along to your NYFOA members as well.
DEC Seeks Participants for Summer Wild Turkey Survey Citizen Scientists Help DEC Gauge Turkey Population New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged New Yorkers to participate in a survey for wild turkeys and help state biologists better understand this iconic bird.
The Saratoga Tree Nursery will purchase cone and fruit from private individuals for our seed procurement program. The species desired, approximate ripening date, and price paid per bushel are listed on page 2. The ripening date is an estimate. Cone and fruit should be inspected prior to harvesting in order to determine if it is ready to be picked. Seed that is immature will not be accepted. If you are not sure, feel free to contact the Nursery.
The Saratoga County Fair is just around the corner and we are in need of volunteers to staff our booth. The fair begins on July 18th and will run until the 23rd. Bill Burke is organizing the volunteer schedule and is asking anyone that is willing to work to please email him as soon as possible if you would like to choose a time slot. Don't forget, free admission for anyone that volunteers! Bill's email is liamsb46@gmail.com
Empire State Forests for the Future (ESFF): This is the governor's proposal to bolster the forest products industry and support private forest landowners (e.g. through 480-B, and grants for private forest land stewardship).
The Southern Tier Chapter had a successful woods walk on May 20th.
A (PA) statewide effort to build appreciation for forests, the people who own them, and the importance of tending them, the Walk in Penn's Woods is a day with organized woods walks in each county in Pennsylvania. Anticipated to become an annual event, this inaugural Walk in Penn's Woods day happens the first Sunday in October across the state.
Each year, NYFOA presents the Heiberg Memorial Award to honor outstanding forestry and conservation contributions in New York State. This year’s recipient is Jerry Michael. Jerry richly deserves this award based on a lifetime of service to NYS woodlands and woodlot owners — individually, as a board member of NYFOA, and as an active member of several other organizations that promote interrelated forestry and conservation goals.
Each year the board looks around and asks itself what one individual has demonstrated unmatched contributions to the responsibilities of NYFOA at the state and chapter level. A number of dedicated and eligible candidates for the Outstanding Service Award come to mind, but Phil Walton’s name really rose to the top of the list.
Many people prune their trees in spring and summer. DEC recommends holding off on pruning oak trees until winter to protect them from oak wilt, a deadly tree disease.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that Oak Wilt Protective Zones have been established in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenwood Heights, Kings County; the Town of Canandaigua, Ontario County; and all of Suffolk County. These zones are the first line of defense in preventing the spread of oak wilt, a deadly tree disease. Previously, DEC established Oak Wilt Protective Zones in the towns of Glenville, Schenectady County, and Central Islip, Suffolk County. The county-wide Protective Zone for Suffolk County replaces the zone for Central Islip.
We're looking for a few volunteers to staff the NYFOA booths at upcoming county fairs.
Members of the NYFOA Board Executive Committee and the Policy Committee have met with DEC representatives regarding these proposals on at least five occasions over the past two years. The proposals have also been discussed (debated) at regular NYFOA Board meetings, including input furnished by Chapter-designated Board Members.
Our Annual Meeting will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017 on the ESF Campus in Syracuse.
​From Niagra Frontier Chapter's Secretary, Pat Glidden: "Here is a link to the Time Warner Cable’s “Outdoor Beat” hosted by Bill Hilts Jr. interviewing our Chapter Chairman Bob Glidden and Vice Chairman Mitch Banas
Here are the materials referenced in NYFOA President Charles Stackhouse's Email to NYFOA members dated November 6, 2017....
Your NYFOA Membership Committee seeks a few energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to help grow NYFOA Rewards, our member discount program (see below), and the NYFOA Auction
As many of you know, we include a member landowner profile in each issue of the Forest Owner magazine. The next several issues of the Forest Owner, especially in 2015, will be highlighting various aspects of forest regeneration or restoration. Do you have any experiences related to your efforts, successes, or failures with forest regeneration?
NYFOA has rekindled the tradition of having a silent auction coincident with its annual meeting. The auction's beneficiaries for 2017 have been selected from several worthy organizations that are passionate about woodlands and NY's young people. And the winners are.....NY's 4-H Forestry Invitational Team and NYFOA's Woodlands Mini Grants! Please click here to learn more about this exciting development!

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