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New York State is 60% forested, with 74% of its woodlands privately owned & managed.

Woodland Stewardship

Healthy, abundant woodlands are crucial to the production of wood products, the provision of wildlife habitat and the protection of water purity. New York State is 60% forested, with 74% of its woodlands owned and managed by private landowners.

The Agroforestry Resource Center offers educational programs that provide hands-on experiences in forest stewardship for landowners, youth and forest professionals. We offer a wide variety of programs seasonally, including maple syrup production, tree pruning and mushroom cultivation. Our Siuslaw Model Forest provides demonstrations, signage and walking trails. 

Master Forest Owner Program

The Master Forest Owner (MFO) program is an initiative of Cornell Cooperative Extension that has helped over 1,000 landowners since its inception in 1991. MFO volunteers visit the properties of interested landowners and accompany them on a woods walk. The MFO provides advice to the landowner on stewardship options, techniques and resources.

MFO volunteers attend a training where they learn about forest ecology, wildlife, silviculture and forest economics. After graduating from the training, MFO volunteers continue to receive information and maintain contact with natural resource professionals who can provide expert advice to landowners. Interested in becoming an MFO volunteer? Get more information HERE.

Are you a landowner interested a visit from an MFO volunteer? The Agroforestry Resource Center serves as the coordinator for the MFO program in the Hudson Valley/Northern Catskill region. For more information: view our MFO brochure , visit the NYS MFO website, or contact MFO regional coordinator Ron Frisbee.

You and Your Forest Letter Series

The You and Your Forest Letter Series delivers newsletters on woodland stewardship topics to your mailbox or inbox. Each year, from February to May, a newsletter is sent out every two weeks. Each of the seven annual newsletters provides information, resources and action items related to a particular topic in woodland stewardship. Read a You and Your Forest Letter Series sample issue here. Registration for the letter series is open in January and early February each year. Register for the You and Your Forest Letter Series by email or by calling (518) 622-9820 x 0.

Trained Logger Certification

The Trained Logger Certification (TLC) program has been developed to recognize loggers who complete a series of training classes involving three “core” areas of knowledge and skills. The “core” areas are Chainsaw Operation, Safety, & Productivity; Forest Ecology & Silviculture; and Adult First Aid & CPR. An individual completing these three workshops is eligible to receive TLC certification.

Loggers are required to hold TLC certification when harvesting timber on New York State lands.  Staff members at the Agroforestry Resource Center work with the Watershed Agricultural Council to provide TLC trainings for loggers in the Catskills/Lower Hudson Region.

For more information: view a brochure on the benefits of hiring a TLC logger; visit the Watershed Ag Council’s Logger & Forester Training page; explore the the New York Logger Training website; or contact TLC coordinator Marilyn Wyman.


Connor Young
Team Leader, Environment and Natural Resources
518-622-9820 x113

Last updated October 16, 2020