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Order Your Spring Trees…in Winter?

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 15 January 2018

Order Your Spring Trees…in Winter?

Many tree suppliers start taking spring orders in January. If you plan on planting trees this year, order them now for the best chance of getting the number and kinds of trees you want.”

Sycamores: Strange-Looking, Streamside-Loving Trees

Karl VonBerg Monday, 01 January 2018

Sycamores: Strange-Looking, Streamside-Loving Trees

American sycamores are really catchy-looking trees, especially in winter. The other day I happened to look out a window at work and couldn’t help but say aloud, “That is a huge sycamore tree!”

Red Candles of Winter: Staghorn Sumac

Karl VonBerg Monday, 18 December 2017

Red Candles of Winter: Staghorn Sumac

Driving a country road recently on a cold, crystal-clear day, I noticed the fat red spires of staghorn sumac seed clusters silhouetted against the deep blue sky.

A Frosty Photo Shoot

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 04 December 2017

A Frosty Photo Shoot

Winter and I do not agree. But even I have to admit there’s some beauty in the cold, as I discovered one morning when hoarfrost coated the woods.

The Big Bad Wolf Tree (Isn’t So Bad!)

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 27 November 2017

The Big Bad Wolf Tree (Isn’t So Bad!)

Like the Big Bad Wolf, oddly shaped “wolf trees” used to get removed. But they’re seeing a surge in popularity because of their remarkable wildlife value.

Witch Hazel: Fall Flowering Bush

Karl VonBerg Monday, 13 November 2017

Witch Hazel: Fall Flowering Bush

Last week I talked about a recent late fall hike where I found some surprising color amid the brown. On that hike there was another burst of color I spotted, and I wanted to share it with you.

Late Fall Flowers

Karl VonBerg Monday, 06 November 2017

Late Fall Flowers

Late fall may seem like a drab, brown season, but there are lots of interesting sights to find if you look closely.

The Day I Saw a Zombie

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 30 October 2017

The Day I Saw a Zombie

There I was, minding my own business, when it suddenly leaped out at me from the side of the trail...

A Good Kind of Litter

George Johnson Monday, 23 October 2017

A Good Kind of Litter

You might look at a leaf-covered stream and think it looks dirty. But all that leaf litter is good for water quality, both for creatures in the water and those of us who depend on it to drink.

Migration: The Incredible Road Trip

George Johnson Monday, 09 October 2017

Migration: The Incredible Road Trip

Animals take some truly amazing journeys. Today, I’d like to talk about three animals that take yearly migrations and the reasons behind their treks.

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

Brendan Murphy Monday, 25 September 2017

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

The Putnam County Fish and Game Association installed their deer exclosure in 2014. Three years later, the exclosure stands strong because of good maintenance practices.

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.

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