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Stewardship Story: Installing a Deer Exclosure at Putnam County Fish and Game Association

Brendan Murphy Monday, 18 September 2017

Stewardship Story: Installing a Deer Exclosure at Putnam County Fish and Game Association

Hurricane Sandy severely damaged the Putnam County Fish and Game Association’s woods. They used a deer exclosure fence to protect tree seedlings and help their land recover.

Guest Voice: Remembering Ray Tallman

Marilyn Wyman Monday, 11 September 2017

Guest Voice: Remembering Ray Tallman

In my 10 years of providing training to help loggers be safer and more profitable, I have met some exceptional guys. Ray Tallman was one of them.

Pretty Isn’t Always Good

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 04 September 2017

Pretty Isn’t Always Good

Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic emphasizes the beauty of nature, but a healthy forest can be downright ugly.

Stewardship Story: Invasive Vine Removal at Otter Creek Preserve

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 28 August 2017

Stewardship Story: Invasive Vine Removal at Otter Creek Preserve

Westchester Land Trust’s Otter Creek Preserve was overrun by invasive vines that threatened interior woods habitat. They solved the problem with hand tools, volunteers, and a lot of elbow grease.

Cancer-Root: The Case of the Mysterious, Parasitic Plant

George Johnson Monday, 21 August 2017

Cancer-Root: The Case of the Mysterious, Parasitic Plant

Is that a really weird-looking pinecone? That was my first thought when I came across this bizarre plant the other evening while hiking.

A 100-Year Garden: Weeding

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 07 August 2017

A 100-Year Garden: Weeding

There are a lot of reasons for weeding my woods. Increasing food for wildlife, nest habitat for birds, or timber to sell are a few. Careful weeding can even help speed my woods’ transition to that cherished and extremely rare type of woods: old growth.

How Many Snags Should My Woods Have for Wildlife?

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 31 July 2017

How Many Snags Should My Woods Have for Wildlife?

You might think dead trees in your woods mean something is wrong. But death is part of the woods, and dead trees, called snags, are important for a host of wildlife.

A Walk in the Rain

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 24 July 2017

A Walk in the Rain

When you walk your trails on a dry sunny day, you might think they’re fine, that they have no chance of washing away. But take a walk in the rain, and you may be surprised with how much erosion is going on.

Quaking Aspen: The Supertree

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 17 July 2017

Quaking Aspen: The Supertree

Like any superhero, quaking aspen has a mild-mannered alter ego that makes people discount it. Yet behind its trembling exterior, the unassuming “popple” has amazing powers.

Confident in Camo

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 10 July 2017

Confident in Camo

People aren’t the only ones who get suckered into blind faith in their camo. Animals can fall victim to the same overconfidence.

MyWoodlot Health Alert: Don’t Get Burned by Wild Parsnip

Karl VonBerg Monday, 03 July 2017

MyWoodlot Health Alert: Don’t Get Burned by Wild Parsnip

Wild parsnip is an invasive, poisonous plant native to Europe and Asia. You can save yourself a lot of pain if you learn to spot and avoid it.

Recommended Read: Farming the Woods

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 26 June 2017

Recommended Read: Farming the Woods

For a thorough introduction to the many ways you can grow food in the woods, there’s no beating Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel’s excellent book Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests.

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #4 – Diana Hartel

Diana Hartel Monday, 12 June 2017

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #4 – Diana Hartel

Our guest blog series by students from Columbia University’s Earth Institute concludes with an interview of Diana Hartel. Diana is an artist, author, and former environmental epidemiologist for Columbia University.

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #3 – Susan Roth

Susan Roth Monday, 05 June 2017

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #3 – Susan Roth

In this third guest blog from our friends at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the students interview Susan Roth. Susan is an urban planner, outdoor painter, and a member of the Wallkill River School of Art.

Eastern Tent Caterpillar: Problem in the Woods?

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 29 May 2017

Eastern Tent Caterpillar: Problem in the Woods?

On a recent drive through the woods, I saw trees loaded with eastern tent caterpillar tents. When landowners see these tents on their trees, they often worry: are my trees doomed? And what can I do to save them?

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