From The Forest
Hazelnut with Gary Mead

Hazelnut with Gary Mead

November 24, 2021
Every Third Wednesday of the Month we speak with Gary Mead of Gary Mead Gallery in Margaretville NY. Gary has a long career of milling trees in these Catskill Mountains and working with wood to create unique pieces of furniture and art.
This week we will be discussing American hazelnut. 
EHD‘s Impacts on NY‘s Deer Herd

EHD‘s Impacts on NY‘s Deer Herd

November 18, 2021

On this week's show we'll discuss Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) that is impacting portions of New York State's deer herd. We'll also differentiate this disease from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)--that is mainly out west--as well. 

Fire in the South with Kurt Kottemann

Fire in the South with Kurt Kottemann

November 11, 2021

On this week's show we'll discuss fire management down south with someone who makes their living, burning the woods. Kurt Kottemann is a Prescribed Fire Manager in Louisiana & Mississippi. We'll talk about the importance of fire throughout history, and why people burn today.

Kurt has his B.S. in Forestry from Louisiana State University. He is a Licensed Arborist and a Louisiana & Mississippi Prescribed Fire Manager. He is a "Practitioner of Common Sense" as well.

Kurt was a Fire Specialist with The Nature Conservancy where he restored longleaf pine in Louisiana & Mississippi. He was the Operations Foreman for a commercial tree care company. He was the Assistant District Forester with a Timber Company too. Today, he is the Owner of Kottemann Tree & Timber Services.

ArborMaster with Ken Palmer

ArborMaster with Ken Palmer

November 4, 2021
On this week's show, we'll be talking to the President of ArborMaster--Ken Palmer. For 25 years, ArborMaster has been educating & training people "who work in trees." "Since 1995, ArborMaster has been the leader in innovative safety, skill training, and workforce development, and is the premier provider of in-house customized training programs and regional open-enrollment courses for people and organizations who work with, in, and around trees."

Ken's knowledge of "tree work" is immense and his positive influence over the industry cannot be overstated. Ken has been instrumental in how arborists safely work in trees--from climbing, rigging , and cutting/felling methods; to the technology they use (i.e. rope, harnesses, etc.); or the written safety standards arborists work beneath. 

With over 30 years of experience Ken is a well-known instructor, coach, speaker, author, researcher and workforce development consultant for the tree care industry. Ken is also President of International Champion Techniques, Inc., a company devoted to the development of equipment and technologies for safer and more efficient tree climbing, cutting and rigging systems.

Ken specializes in chain saw safety and handling, precision tree felling operations, tree climbing and climbing systems, arborist rigging, rescue systems, trainer training and much more. He is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), a member of the ANSI Z133.1 Approved Standards Committee for 20 years and a member of the Utility Arborist Association’s National Safety Committee. Ken is also a three-time International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) International Tree Climbing Champion.

He has instructed, coached and trained thousands of individuals in best practice methods and techniques throughout North America, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Ken is a former chairman and co-founder of the ISA’s International Safety Committee, former Chairman of the ISA’s International Tree Climbing Championships and co-founder of the Tree Fund’s Arborist Safety and Techniques Fund.

Ken was also one of the lead developers and instructors in the training DVD’s ArborMaster developed with the International Society of Arboriculture, which are viewed extensively around the world. 

In 2018, Ken was awarded the ISA Alex L Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education.

 
Trees that Bear Nuts with Gary Mead

Trees that Bear Nuts with Gary Mead

October 29, 2021
Every Third Wednesday of the Month we speak with Gary Mead of Gary Mead Gallery in Margaretville NY. Gary has a long career of milling trees in these Catskill Mountains and working with wood to create unique pieces of furniture and art.
This week we will be discussing Trees that Bear Nuts in these Catskill Mountains. 
Woodsman Forest Products with Tom Lindtveit

Woodsman Forest Products with Tom Lindtveit

October 21, 2021
Tom is the Owner of Woodsman Forest Products and offers services for smaller forest owners in the southern Catskills. His services include (1) Sawmilling; (2) Furnishings; (3) Consultations; & (4) Mushroom Logs.

We will focus mostly on Tom's service surrounding Mushroom Logs. Mushroom Logs are used to inoculate and grow mushrooms for edible or medicinal benefits. 

VALUES OF WOODSMAN FOREST PRODUCTS
 Utilize trees that would otherwise go to rot or firewood to make useful things. Find the beauty nature has hidden within trees and share it with others. Help to open the eyes of children & adults to what is often unseen. 

ABOUT TOM
Tom is a retired EMT & still is an EMT (volunteer). He serves small forest owners to get started. He has decades in the woods that is supplanted by field training in Silviculture, Tree Logger Certified; Best Management Practices; Timber Stand Improvement; & wildlife habitat improvement

Tom is using this “last 3rd of his life to do things he enjoys, make some folks happy along the path, learn new things, and enjoy family, friends, and music. Hopefully, he will make a few bucks along the way to buy food.”

Mushrooms with Catskill Fungi‘s John Michelotti_2021

Mushrooms with Catskill Fungi‘s John Michelotti_2021

October 14, 2021
On this weeks' show, we'll have "mushroom guy" & Owner of Catskill Fungi--John Michelotti. John will discuss why mushrooms are important, where they grow, both edible & medicinal types, and how you might cultivate them.   
 
"Catskill Fungi (CF) has a foundation of permaculture principles. The core of our business is about helping people and improving the planet through their work with fungi. CF practices and educates about sustainable harvesting, leave-no-trace principles, and compassion for the environment. They aim to empower people to grow edible mushrooms as a fun source of fresh food, to heal themselves through utilizing health properties of fungi, and to explore the historical uses and present day innovations of this essential kingdom/queendom."

"Catskill Fungi is founded and cultivated by mycologist John Michelotti and friends. As former President of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association (MHMA), John co-founded the Catskill Regional Mycoflora Project as well as the Gary Lincoff Memorial Scholarship. He served on the Mushroom Advisory Panel for Certified Naturally Grown to develop ecological standards in mushroom production. John has presented at the New York Botanical Gardens, Telluride Mushroom Festival, and North American Mycological Association Annual Foray, as well as several colleges and universities. His goal is to educate and inspire people to work with fungi to improve their health, communities, and the environment."

Forest Density & Health

Forest Density & Health

October 6, 2021
Recently, I attended the NYS Arborists Fall Conference near Syracuse. One of the presentations focused on the many "declines" associated with particular tree species in NYS. A few days later, I was assessing some sickly Norway spruce trees that also were experiencing "decline" from insect/fungal issues?  What's the connection? What's making these trees sick?
Although it's probably a combination of factors creating problems with these trees, there does seem to be a common thread or cause that I'm noticing, and the good thing is that it's reversible. We'll discuss how density may be impacting your tree(s), and what might be done.
Healthy Trees with Vern Rist

Healthy Trees with Vern Rist

October 6, 2021

Vern Rist is the owner of Healthy Trees and has been taking care of people's trees in the southeastern Catskills, Woodstock and mid-Hudson Valley for over 25 years. Whether you want to protect your cherished trees, turn your property into an estate, or just learn about the things already living and growing on your property, Vern provides answers and solutions that are "environmentally aware, practical, and aesthetically unparalleled."

Vern seeks to (1) Preserve cherished trees whenever possible; (2) Build keepsake quality plantings and orchards destined to become family heirlooms; (3) Devise customized maintenance plans so that clients can have carefree plantings and orchards with the only time commitment being the time to reflect and enjoy; & (4) Combine a friendly, down-to-earth, common sense approach with an extensive education in environmental science, including a PhD in plant pathology.

In the early 1980’s, while completing his Ph.D. In Plant Pathology at Cornell University, Vern visited Woodstock in the southeastern Catskills. It was love at first sight. Following his newly kindled dream to live in that area, Vern moved to Saugerties in 1986. On a hope and a prayer, he placed an add in the Woodstock Times, offering consultations to people interested in the health of their trees and plants in general. To his amazement, he received three phone calls from that first add, and Healthy Plants, Consultation & Service, was born. Since shortly after that, Vern has been able to rely completely on "word of mouth" to build the business, which has evolved into a full scale tree and shrub service and a sought after consultation service.

EDUCATION
B.S. in Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1976

M.S. In Plant Pathology and Air Pollution Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 1978

Ph.D. In Plant Pathology, Cornell University, 1981

Apples with Gary Mead_2021

Apples with Gary Mead_2021

October 6, 2021
Every Third Wednesday of the Month we speak with Gary Mead of Gary Mead Gallery in Margaretville NY. Gary has a long career of milling trees in these Catskill Mountains and working with wood to create unique pieces of furniture and art.
This week we will be discussing the APPLE TREE and its unique properties, characteristics, and all that juice and vinegar Gary makes each year from it. 
Forest Diseases, Diagnosis, & Impacts

Forest Diseases, Diagnosis, & Impacts

September 16, 2021

This week we will be speaking with Catskill Forest Association’s Forest Program Technician, Zane Lawyer about common tree diseases in our forests, how they can be identified and what impacts they might have on individual trees and the forest health overall. We will also discuss some cultural mitigation techniques you can do as a landowner to prevent some of these issues.

CFA‘s Board President Mike Porter‘s View on Forest Densification

CFA‘s Board President Mike Porter‘s View on Forest Densification

September 14, 2021

The topic of Forest densification has been coming up a lot here on From the Forest and Catskill Forest Association’s Board President, Mike Porter, wants to weigh in. Mike is a lifelong resident of these Catskill Mountains and has seen many changes to this forested region in his time. Mike and John will discuss his view on cutting practices, forest growth, as well as explore what Mike sees in western forest management as he visits his son in Idaho. And as always, Mike and John always get into “this and that” along the way too.

Ryan‘s Walk in the Woods_2021

Ryan‘s Walk in the Woods_2021

September 14, 2021

Each year, FROM THE FOREST's Ryan Trapani, takes some time to camp at his favorite faraway--places in the Catskills. We'll discuss Ryan's trip, from start to finish. We'll begin with preparation for such a camp-out, things to do while out in the woods, notable observations and wrapping things up. 

Catskill Trees with Gary Mead_Larch

Catskill Trees with Gary Mead_Larch

August 26, 2021
Every Third Wednesday of the Month we speak with Gary Mead of Gary Mead Gallery in Margaretville NY. Gary has a long career of milling trees in these Catskill Mountains and working with wood to create unique pieces of furniture and art.
This week we will be discussing the LARCH TREE and its unique properties & characteristics. 
Catskill Ginseng

Catskill Ginseng

August 19, 2021

Ryan and John will discuss one of the Catskills most mysterious -- yet famous -- little plants: American ginseng. GInseng (Panax quinquefolius) is a world-renowned "Adaptogen" used medically for thousands of years. We'll talk about some of the history, biology, habitat, and role in the Catskills of this uniquely long-lived herb.

Forestry Past & Present: A Catskill Mountain Perspective

Forestry Past & Present: A Catskill Mountain Perspective

August 19, 2021

On this Wednesday's show we'll discuss the overall "health" or state of the Catskill forest, as well as some of its history that has led us to our present condition. We'll also cover some things you might easily do--on the small-scale-- to improve forest condition going forward as well.

Ghost Forest in Manhattan with NJ Forester Bob Williams

Ghost Forest in Manhattan with NJ Forester Bob Williams

August 5, 2021
"A forest has sprouted in the middle of Manhattan. Dozens of cedar trees have recently appeared in Madison Square Park, in the shadow of the iconic Flatiron Building. But there’s something odd about these trees: They’re dead, and that’s just how Maya Lin wants them. Lin, the artist who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, is using these cedars to recreate a 'ghost forest' — one of the most prominent impacts of climate change in South Jersey — in the middle of New York City."

"Bob Williams, a South Jersey forester who worked with Lin to bring the installation to life, is excited and hopeful that the work will spur onlookers to think about the world around them."

We'll ask Bob about what the exhibit means to him and how forestry might play a positive role in bringing back Atlantic white cedar, climate mitigation, and other conservation goals.

Bob Williams is the owner and founder of Pine Creek Forestry LLC. Bob graduated with an Associate's degree in forestry in 1972 from Centralia College and a Bachelor's Degree in Forestry from Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 1975.  Bob has 43 years experience in the field of forestry. His experience includes working for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the US Forest Service in Alaska and Washington, and Scott Paper Company as a logging engineer. Since 1985, Bob has worked as a consulting forester in New Jersey working with both private and public landowners to achieve management and stewardship goals for natural resources. In addition to consulting work, Bob has authorized many forestry activities, as well as newsletters put out by various forestry organization.
Roots & Trees with Gary Mead

Roots & Trees with Gary Mead

July 29, 2021
Every Third Wednesday of the Month we speak with Gary Mead of Gary Mead Gallery in Margaretville NY. Gary has a long career of milling trees in these Catskill Mountains and working with wood to create unique pieces of furniture and art.
This week we will be discussing some the unique properties & characteristics of TREE ROOTS. The above-ground portions of trees are obviously more familiar to us. On the other hand, its underground parts are equally important, but certainly more mysterious; We'll dive into it.
Hemlock’s Nemesis–Hemlock Woolly Adelgid & Elongate Hemlock Scale

Hemlock’s Nemesis–Hemlock Woolly Adelgid & Elongate Hemlock Scale

July 22, 2021

On tonight's show we'll discuss 2 insects that are wreaking havoc on the hemlock tree throughout the Catskill Mountains. One is Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) Adelges tsugae. HWA used to be scarce in many parts of Delaware County, until this year. It seems HWA has marched west and north--en masse--from nearby Ulster & Sullivan Counties. The other insect--though less known--is Elongate Hemlock Scale (EHS) Fiorinia externa. This little guy--though similar to HWA--seems to be far more difficult to treat than HWA. These 2 sure are a bummer, but we'll discuss what your options are.

Our Favorite Forest Types

Our Favorite Forest Types

July 15, 2021

Not too long ago on FROM THE FOREST, we discussed some of our favorite individual trees. Although it's difficult to say, we had fun doing so. This time around, John & I will discuss some of our favorite forest types that come to mind and why. Different forest types vary by their benefits; Some are practical or utilitarian, while others might be more for sentimental or aesthetics. We'll see. What's your favorite forest type? 

Cairns of the Catskills with Danny Johnson

Cairns of the Catskills with Danny Johnson

July 8, 2021
Ever see an old stone pile in the woods? I know I have. Danny Johnson believes that some of these piles are not agriculturally-related or built by early settlers or farmers. Instead, he believes they are "ancient." We'll talk to Danny, who has found thousands of these "cairns" throughout the Catskills.
Danny Johnson is a life-long resident of the Town of Halcott in Greene County. He was born & raised on a dairy farm which he still helps run. He is now retired and is focusing more time on his "stone-work."
 
Carbon Market Exchange for Landowners with NCX

Carbon Market Exchange for Landowners with NCX

July 1, 2021
On this week's show will be discussing a potential opportunity for forest owners seeking to sequester carbon. NCX's--Alex Macintosh--will discuss how his company helps forest owners "market carbon" in order to mitigate climate change.
Alex is the Director of Landowner Services @ NCX – formerly known as Silvia Terra. Alex focuses on strategy & execution initiatives that engage forest landowners of all sizes in NCX.
"NCX provides a marketplace for forest carbon payments. Their carbon credits represent real, immediate, and cost-efficient change on the landscape. NCX is starting with carbon, but will soon include markets for biodiversity, fire risk, and other forest benefits.

In 2019, NCX partnered with Microsoft to produce Basemap, the first high-resolution inventory of every forest acre in the US. Basemap data delivers insight to forest stakeholders ranging from governments and conservation groups to landowners large and small.

Since 2010, this philosophy has guided NCX's development of practical tools for America's professional foresters. Combining expertise in biometrics, remote sensing, and big data, NCX's Precision Forestry products save time and money in the field and in the office."

Summer of the Cicada

Summer of the Cicada

June 24, 2021
When Rip Van Winkle awoke from his 20-year sleep in the Catskill Mountains, he found that a lot had changed. His dog was gone, his gun rusted, and New Netherland had been taken over by the English. Although a great fictional story, there is one insect that comes close to meeting Rip's long sleep--the periodical cicada. 
 
On this week's show, CFA's Forest Program Technician--Zane Lawyer--will discuss the periodical cicada that emerges every 17 years, and 2021 is its due date. What has changed for you since its last emergence in 2004? And what will change by its next in 2038? Who knows, but we'll talk about the ins & outs of this unique true bug.
 
Zane was hired full-time in June 2020 as a Forest Program Technician. He assists the Forest Program Manager to develop, coordinate, and implement CFA’s programs and services. Zane also helps in the development and creation of field and written content for CFA programs, events, and newsletters. Zane is an ISA Certified Arborist and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Health with minors in Applied Statistics and Environmental Writing and Philosophy in May of 2016 from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.
The Importance of Young Forests with Rowan University’s Dan Duran

The Importance of Young Forests with Rowan University’s Dan Duran

June 17, 2021
"Conservationists and others have led most of us to treasure older forests more than other ecosystems. Open-field habitats and young forests, however, hold significantly more biodiversity than closed-canopy forests. Those younger forests are often under-valued and less protected. Dan will sketch some of the differences in these habitats, give us an overview of the conservation issues, and discuss ways that listeners can get involved in helping to create and maintain early successional forest and 'edge' habitats."
Entomologist/taxonomist/evolutionary ecologist and Assistant Professor at Rowan University.

Dan's interests are in the fields of systematics, taxonomy, and biodiversity conservation. His research is primarily focused on biodiversity exploration and the discovery of 'cryptic species'; species that are distinct evolutionary units, but go undetected due to physical similarity with closely related species. He mostly uses tiger beetles (Cicindelinae) as a study system. Dan is also interested in examining the important roles of insect and plant biodiversity in ecosystem functioning. He has recently begun work on the impacts of industrial hemp growing practices on insect biodiversity. 

What’s Going on with Power Tools, Markets & More with Business Owner Bob Conyea

What’s Going on with Power Tools, Markets & More with Business Owner Bob Conyea

June 3, 2021

Bob Conyea is co-owner of Ashokan Turf & Timber in Ashokan, Ulster County, which puts Bob into contact with all types of chainsaws & forest tools to fix and replace. Since chainsaws don't walk themselves to his shop, Bob also gets to talk to a lot of people who work in the woods where he gains "a pulse" on what's going on out there.

Bob will give us an idea of what people have been facing--who work in the woods--over these last 15 months during COVID-19, especially as it pertains to supply chains, demand, and demographic changes.

Flowers from Summer to Fall with Gary Mead

Flowers from Summer to Fall with Gary Mead

May 27, 2021
Every Third Wednesday of the Month we speak with Gary Mead of Gary Mead Gallery in Margaretville NY. Gary has a long career of milling trees in these Catskill Mountains and working with wood to create unique pieces of furniture and art.
This week we will be discussing some of Gary's favorite flowers both in & around the woods. Gary will explain how "the earth laughs with flowers." Should be fun.
Lyme Disease & Invasive Species with UConn’s Tom Worthley

Lyme Disease & Invasive Species with UConn’s Tom Worthley

May 20, 2021
Research conducted by UConn's Tom Worthley indicates that reducing Japanese barberry will also reduce ticks and their associated diseases. We'll discuss with Tom how each relate to one another and what might be done in the forest to mitigate this condition.
Tom Worthley  is an Associate Extension Professor at UCONN Cooperative Extension Service & UCONN Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. He has written a number of scholarly articles and also teaches courses in Forest Ecology and Management and Dendrology. Tom has worked extensively on tracts in the UConn Forest and beyond in both outreach and educational activities.
Sap & Syrup Beyond Maple with Crooked Chimney’s David Moore

Sap & Syrup Beyond Maple with Crooked Chimney’s David Moore

May 13, 2021

Ever wonder about other trees that can be tapped for sap, and made into syrup besides maple? David Moore of Crooked Chimney in Lee, New Hampshire will explain his experiences with birch, sycamore, beech, walnut, and more.

David is also a Doctoral student at the University of New Hampshire and is researching: (1) Environmental conditions  that drive sap flow in deciduous trees during winter dormancy; & the anatomical & physiological features of wood  that are involved in this process. He is also researching (2) How sap can be harvested and made into syrup from trees other than maple.

Will see what he has found.

Ancient Artifacts in the Forest with the Overlook Mt. Center

Ancient Artifacts in the Forest with the Overlook Mt. Center

May 7, 2021
Overlook Mountain Center's--Glenn Kreisberg--will discuss Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes (CSL) found in the Catskill Mountains, particularly Overlook Mountain. Examples include dry stacked stone cairns, stone rows, aligned boulders and more. Some of these--it is believed--may also have significant astronomical value for thousands of years. 

Glenn Kreisberg is the Chairperson of the Overlook Mountain Center in Woodstock, NY. He is a licensed outdoor guide for twenty years. He is also a radio frequency engineer, writer and researcher who currently serves as Vice President of the New England Antiquities Research Association ( www.NEARA.org ). He’s researched and published articles and interviews on electromagnetism and the ancients, historic bluestone quarrying in upstate New York and lithic sites and alignments in the northeast U.S., among others. Glenn is also the current editor of the Author of the Month page featured at grahamhancock.com as well as the founder and editor of the alternative science and history web site www.ASHnews.org. He resides in Woodstock N.Y. with his wife and two children. His first book, an edited anthology of essays titled Lost Knowledge of the Ancients, is out now by Bear & Co. Inner Traditions.

OMC, a NYS nonprofit formed in 2013, promotes awareness and understanding of the relationship between Overlook Mountain and the human populations that have encountered it throughout time. OMC creates programs, exhibits and tours to educate, experience and celebrate all aspects of Overlook Mountain and its ecosystems.
The American elm with Gary Mead

The American elm with Gary Mead

April 29, 2021
Every Third Wednesday of the Month we speak with Gary Mead of Gary Mead Gallery in Margaretville NY. Gary has a long career of milling trees in these Catskill Mountains and working with wood to create unique pieces of furniture and art.
This week we will be discussing the American elm tree. Many of America's elm trees have been killed off by the Dutch elm disease, but there are a few that persist in the Catskills as great, big trees. Gary will discuss his experiences with this tree--mostly its beautiful woody attributes. 
What’s Eating My Apple–The Growing Impact of Wildlife on Growing Apple

What’s Eating My Apple–The Growing Impact of Wildlife on Growing Apple

April 22, 2021

Peter Jentsch will discuss how to take care and protect your apple trees from pests and diseases, especially as they begin to break dormancy and enter into the growing season.

Peter J. Jentsch is the Station Director, Senior Extension Associate, Research & Extension Entomologist at the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory, (of Cornell University) in Highland, Ulster County. Peter focuses on pome fruit, small fruit, grape and onion. Peter focuses on the efficacy of newly developed pest management tools for invasive insects and native insect pest complex. Peter employs strategies in a cost-effective and environmentally sound approach that provides fruit growers with the knowledge to improve insect pest management strategies.

ABOUT

The Hudson Valley Research Laboratory (HVRL) is an independent 501c3. HVRL provides growers with a non-biased approach to research & problem solving. HVRL is apart of Cornell’s College of Ag. & Life Sciences and has been a partner since 1923. Its focus is mainly on tree fruit research programs; disease & insect pest mgt. with growing support into horticultural practices; small fruit; vegetables; & grains.

Maple Sugaring Report from Marty Giuliano

Maple Sugaring Report from Marty Giuliano

April 22, 2021

Marty Giuliano is a long-time maple producer who owns Marty's Maple Products Farm in West Shokan, Ulster County. The 2021 maple sugaring season just ended and we'll get Marty's perspective on how it went in central Ulster County.

Very Old News in the Catskills with Paul Misko

Very Old News in the Catskills with Paul Misko

April 8, 2021
Guest speaker--Paul Misko--will discuss a variety of historical newsworthy stories from the Catskills. Or in Paul's words, "I'll have a potpourri of pithy newspaper stories from the 1800s and early 1900s." Paul always brings along some interesting facts and stories with a strong sense of humor. We'll see.
Paul Misko grew up hiking around Woodland Valley and the Slide Mountain Wilderness area. When Paul isn't busy traipsing around the woods, he can be found giving various historical talks on Tanneries in the Catskills and Naturalist John Burroughs.
Look Out for the Spotted Lanternfly

Look Out for the Spotted Lanternfly

April 1, 2021

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) (Lycorma delicatola) is an insect from Asia that attacks over 70 plants-- i.e. grapes, fruit trees, hops, tree of heaven, and others. It was first found in 2014 in PA. in 2020, NYS found its first SLF in Staten Island. We'll discuss how to identify this little bugger, its potential impacts, and what you might do to mitigate it.

Powderpost Beetles with Gary Mead

Powderpost Beetles with Gary Mead

March 25, 2021
Every Third Wednesday of the Month we speak with Gary Mead of Gary Mead Gallery in Margaretville NY. Gary has a long career of milling trees in these Catskill Mountains and working with wood to create unique pieces of furniture and art.
This week we will be discussing powderpost beetles. Gary has recently come across this little bugger quite a bit. Apparently, these beetles can wreak havoc on finished wood products. We'll cover how to identify powderpost beetles, their biology, and some ways to discourage them from ruining your prized woody possessions. 
Grafting Wild Apple Trees

Grafting Wild Apple Trees

March 25, 2021

On this week's show, we'll be discussing the ins & outs of grafting wild apple trees: (1) Why graft wild apple trees; (2) Grafting overview; (3) Gathering scionwood; (4) Grafting techniques; & (5) Aftercare

Forest Preserve Foreshadow

Forest Preserve Foreshadow

March 12, 2021
Whether you're for, against, or indifferent to NYS's Forest Preserve system in the Catskills & Adirondacks, it certainly has shaped how people perceive environmentalism and natural resources management.
On this week's show, we'll share our perspective on the importance of the Forest Preserve and how it has shaped current and future environmental paradigms.
The Forest Preserve may serve as the ultimate "foreshadow" of both good and bad things to come to our forests. We'll discuss 4 foreshadows that the Forest Preserve--we believe-- has "telegraphed" in natural resources management. (1) The Preservation Movement; (2) The Return of Forests & Fauna; (3) Maturing Forests with Fewer Deer; & (4) Impacts to Forest Regeneration. We'll leave off on how the Forest Preserve may now be foreshadowing a huge paradigm change--once again--in environmentalism today.
Playing with Fire with NJ Forester Bob Williams

Playing with Fire with NJ Forester Bob Williams

March 4, 2021
Raging fires have been in the news quite a bit recently; Are they due to climate change, mismanagement, both, or others? We'll get NJ Forester Bob Williams's perspective. Bob recently wrote an article in Forest Landowner magazine--"Playing with Fire--Years of poor public forest management has created the perfect storm for wildfires. Prescribed burning and other familiar techniques could go a long way to solving the problem."
Bob Williams is the owner and founder of Pine Creek Forestry LLC. Bob graduated with an Associate's degree in forestry in 1972 from Centralia College and a Bachelor's Degree in Forestry from Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 1975.  Bob has 43 years of experience in the field of forestry. His experience includes working for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the US Forest Service in Alaska and Washington, and Scott Paper Company as a logging engineer. Since 1985, Bob has worked as a consulting forester in New Jersey working with both private and public landowners to achieve management and stewardship goals for natural resources. In addition to consulting work, Bob has authorized many forestry activities, as well as newsletters put out by various forestry organizations.
Cottonwood with Gary Mead

Cottonwood with Gary Mead

February 25, 2021

Every Third Wednesday of the Month we speak with Gary Mead of Gary Mead Gallery in Margaretville NY. Gary has a long career of milling trees in these Catskill Mountains and working with wood to create unique pieces of furniture and art. This week on From the Forest we will be discussing Cottonwood Trees with Gary Mead. Gary will share his experiences cutting, sawing, drying and working with Cottonwood Trees.

Backyard Maple Sugaring with Mike Porter_2021

Backyard Maple Sugaring with Mike Porter_2021

February 25, 2021
Humans can make maple syrup, but we can't make the sap run, and so we must wait for warmer temperatures; The taste is worth the wait for sure. The Catskills include the heart of the sugar maple's range. Our mountains might not be ripe for growing vegetable crops, but our well-drained, rocky soils are just right for the maple tree.
 
Catskill Forest Association's--Board President--Mike Porter will discuss the basics surrounding the production of "backyard" or small-scale maple syrup.

Mike is a retired teacher from Margaretville Central School. He taught Earth Science, Environmental Science, Science Research in the High School, Driver Education and several elementary and junior high courses over his 33-year career. In 1988 he was selected as the New York State Conservation Teacher of the Year by the New York State Board of Soil and Water Districts. A life-long resident of Delaware County, Mike is an avid birder and has studied the changes in the avian community over the years.

As a small woodlot landowner, he has learned to manage his property to better enhance wildlife, timber quality and maple syrup production. Mike has been an active volunteer Fireman for nearly 45 years and was an Executive officer for most of that time. He was a member of the Town of Middletown Zoning Board of Appeals and, later, a Planning Board member and Chair. Besides birding, Mike gardens, makes Maple syrup, cuts his own firewood and does woodworking. Currently, he is harvesting trees from his property and preparing his own lumber via a bandsaw mill on the property.

Quercus Cooperage with Owner John Cox

Quercus Cooperage with Owner John Cox

February 11, 2021

"When John Cox, owner/operator of Quercus Cooperage in High Falls, realized that nobody in New York was making oak barrels to meet the demands of the growing Hudson Valley craft beverage industry, he decided to make a career switch. Drawing from three decades as a cabinet maker and woodworker, Cox spent the next two years teaching himself how to make barrels by painstakingly reverse engineering the vessels."

We'll talk to John about the process from start to finish as well as the cooperage industry's significance both locally and beyond throughout time.

Best Trees for Home, Urban, & City Landscapes in the Northeast with Dr. Donald Leopold

Best Trees for Home, Urban, & City Landscapes in the Northeast with Dr. Donald Leopold

February 5, 2021

On this Wednesday’s show, Dr. Don Leopold from the SUNY’s College of Environmental Science & Forestry will discuss the “Best Trees for Home, Urban & City Landscapes in the Northeast.” Don will go into mostly recommended native species and some non-native choices too.

Dr. Donald J. Leopold earned his Ph.D. in forest ecology from Purdue University in 1984, M.S.F. in forest ecology from University of Kentucky in 1981, and B.S. in ornamental horticulture/nursery management from the University of Kentucky in 1978. He joined the Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology at the SUNY ESF in 1985. Since 1985 has been teaching the oldest and largest Dendrology (study of trees) course in the US. In 1998 he was promoted to Distinguished Teaching Professor. He was Chair of the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology from 2006 until 2019. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers and seven books including the Textbook of DendrologyTrees of New York State, and Wildflowers of the Adirondacks; has over 130 tree videos (each about 2 to 3 minutes long) on You-Tube.

Balsam Fir with Gary Mead

Balsam Fir with Gary Mead

January 28, 2021
On tonight's show, we'll discuss the balsam fir tree with Gary Mead; It's that fragrant tree that can often be found growing on the summits of some of our higher mountaintops. As always, Gary brings along his experience in using the wood and its other unique characteristics. 
 
Every third Wednesday of the month we invite Gary Mead on the show to talk about a tree growing in our Catskill Mountains. Gary is the local owner of Gary Mead Gallery in Margaretville, NY.
Apple Tree Pruning

Apple Tree Pruning

January 21, 2021

We're now deeply into the dormant season, and while most outdoor work waits for the spring, pruning occurs now. January through March is a great time to prune apple and pear trees. We'll discuss general apple tree pruning with an emphasis on restoring a long neglected apple tree. 

Managing Deer & Deer Impacts with Cornell University’s Paul Curtis

Managing Deer & Deer Impacts with Cornell University’s Paul Curtis

January 14, 2021
Dr. Paul Curtis will be discussing the most influential (two) creatures in the forest--deer and humans. Paul will go into various topics mainly surrounding deer/deer impacts such as:

  1. The role of deer hunting in deer management.
  2. Evaluating deer impacts to forest regeneration and biodiversity.
  3. Efforts needed to reduce deer abundance to target goals.
  4. Impacts of deer in the Catskills and ADKs vs. other parts of the state.
  5. How does one measure deer management success?
  6. Relationship between deer abundance and deer impacts.
  7. Fencing to protect forest regeneration/slash walls.
With a PhD in Zoology from North Carolina State University, Dr Paul Curtis is now a Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. He has coordinated the Wildlife Damage Management Programme at Cornell for the past 30 years, which focuses on reducing conflicts, economic losses and human health and safety concerns caused by wildlife in both rural and suburban landscapes. His work includes wildlife fertility control and population management, community-based wildlife management issues and public education. Dr Curtis is also testing novel methods for reducing wildlife damage to agricultural crops and forest regeneration.
The River Otter

The River Otter

January 8, 2021

Tune in tonight for a great show on the river otter.

Firewood & Firewood Heating Appliances

Firewood & Firewood Heating Appliances

December 31, 2020
It's that time of year again--winter. Temperatures are plummeting into the single digits at night. In fact, my car thermometer reached -1 degrees coming over Highmount, Ulster County last week. We have already received more snowfall this winter than last year; Although that isn't saying too much. 
In any case, we'll be discussing one way to bare the winter by staying warm--heating with firewood. We'll start with the firewood itself: Benefits and costs, and how might you get the most out of it. We'll finish with examples of "heating appliances" or types of stoves and efficient ways in which to burn firewood.
Grading Trees from Stump to Lumber with Gary Mead

Grading Trees from Stump to Lumber with Gary Mead

December 26, 2020
On tonight's show, we'll the ins & outs of how trees are "valued" for timber, from the time they're on the stump to after they've been processed into lumber.
 
Every third Wednesday of the month we invite Gary Mead on the show to talk about a tree growing in our Catskill Moutains. Gary is the former owner of Fruitful Furnishings Sawmill & present owner of Gary Mead Gallery in Margaretville, NY.
The Flying Squirrel

The Flying Squirrel

December 10, 2020
I've seen coyotes, bear, turkey, deer, fox, and more; I never tire of seeing any of these guys, especially deer. However, one of the most memorable wildlife experiences to this day, is the flying squirrels I saw one day while my friend cut down a large sugar maple over a house. I got to watch about 8 or so of these little guys exit the tree in broad daylight and glide their way over to another maple tree about 50 yards away. They are the coolest little pilots I've ever seen.
On tonight's show, we'll discuss two flying squirrels that reside in New York State--Southern flying squirrel & Northern flying squirrel.
Maple & Oak Don’t Mix

Maple & Oak Don’t Mix

December 4, 2020
Some things seem to go together: Silver & gold, pen & pencil, peanut-butter & jelly, maple syrup & pancakes, steak & potatoes, Rip Van Winkle & the Catskills, wine & cheese. In the forest, there are things that seem to go to together too: Hemlock & brook trout, acorn tree & white-tailed deer, gray squirrel & hickory nut, shady forest & chanterelle, black bear in a black cherry tree. 
However, there are some things--even in the forest--that don't go together. Maple & Oak serve as one. Wherever the two are found, one seems to be doing better at the expense of the other. We'll cover why this is, and how it is--in my opinion--one of the more significant matters in today's forest.
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