On-site Private Forest Resource Management Workshop offered

The New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA) is a well-established and very active statewide nonprofit organization comprised of and dedicated to the needs of New York’s non-industrial private forest landowners. NYFOA works closely with Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide valuable information and services to its members and to encourage stewardship of private forests for the long term benefit of current and future generations of New Yorkers.

The core group assisting NYFOA with programming and education is a dedicated team of Cornell Cooperative Extension Natural Resources educators trained in a variety of forestry, natural resources, and environmental fields. CCE educators are allied with the Cornell University campus, local legislators, and others who help form policies that affect the management and sustainability of private forest lands within their communities, as well as a powerful network of educators throughout New York and in other states, with whom they share research and Extension projects, and educational successes and strategies.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County has long-maintained a friendly, focused working relationship with the Northern Adirondack Chapter of NYFOA, its officers, and its members. At Franklin County Extension, we believe that one of the best ways to provide outreach and facilitate learning about conservation planning issues and sustainable forest stewardship strategies and practices is to provide workshops, held on privately owned non-industrial forest properties; workshops which allow private woodland owners, property managers, maple producers, legislators, government representatives, and a concerned public, the opportunity to meet, share beneficial management information, and see, firsthand, woodlot improvement and timber and land management strategies that are effectively being utilized by dedicated forest landowners in their communities to maximize the productive use of their forest natural resources.

Through its local chapters, NYFOA provides camaraderie, knowledge and training for both landowners and the concerned public. Neighboring forest owners and other NYFOA members often meet to share management information, attend workshops, and tour each other’s woodlots. Local chapter and statewide activities and tours are commonly referred to as “woodswalks.” These woodswalks provide valuable opportunities for landowners and others to look at successfully applied woodlot improvement techniques, and effective timber and land management strategies taking place within their local communities and across the state.

NYFOA NAC, in association with CCE of Franklin County, will be hosting a woodswalk tour of a truly unique property located just minutes from the village of Chateaugay and the border with Quebec, Canada. The property features opportunities to see and learn about:

-Small-scale off-grid photovoltaic solar applications

-Small-scale hydroelectric applications

-Silvopasturing for beef production

-Trout pond management and fish farming

-Best management thinning practices for mixed timber stand forests

-Meeting your sustainable forest management goals.

Date: Saturday, May 18

Time: 9:30 a.m. – Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Location: A&J Bouchard Farms 200 McNierney Road, Churubusco

To pre-register or for information:

Call or email Tony Bouchard: 518-563-5385 / jnbouchard1@charter.net

Call or email Bill LaPoint: 315-353-6663/bdlny@peoplepc.com

Call or email Cornell Cooperative Extension: 518-483-7403/rlg24@cornell.edu

Pre-registration is greatly appreciated. Please bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather.

Earlier this year, in conjunction with their 50th anniversary, NYFOA launched an initiative they are calling “Restore New York Woodlands.” The initiative is a statewide effort to bring forest health issues and solutions to the attention of other forest stakeholder organizations and the general public and to engage and educate all New Yorkers about the basic principles and the environmental and economic benefits of small-scale, sustainable private forest management.

During the month of May, local area woodswalks are being made possible across New York state by the coordinated efforts of officers of NYFOA and its local chapters, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) natural resources educators, and receptive, committed forest landowners. This woodswalk tour is being offered in support of the NYFOA RNYW initiative.

CCE is committed to better educating NYFOA members and all of the region’s private non-industrial forest landowners about forest ecosystems, silviculture, local economies, watersheds, wildlife, natural aesthetics, and even law. It is our belief that by improving their forest management knowledge and skills, they will ultimately put what they have learned into practice. Those that develop sustainable management strategies will reap all of the economic, environmental, ecological and sociological benefits of private forest ownership. At the same time, they will help maintain the environmental health and the rural character of the North Country.

Over the years, I have learned this. Even if they have different objectives, most of the region’s forest landowners do have one thing in common – the desire to be good stewards. And one thing is certain; New York forest landowners who have properly managed their non-industrial private forest resources now own some of the most productive forestland in the nation.