Southern Tier News

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.
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.
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.
The Southern Tier Chapter had a successful woods walk on May 20th.

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