View of the Catskills from the Siuslaw Model Forest
"The Earth is good. It is a priveledge to live thereon." ~Liberty Hyde Bailey
Cornell Cooperative Extension has played a role in the wise stewardship of New York’s natural resources for over 100 years. Cornell University Dean Liberty Hyde Bailey, who established NY Cooperative Extension in 1906, was a botanist, horticulturist and founder of nature study education. Today, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Agroforestry Resource Center continues Liberty Hyde Bailey’s promotion of nature study and wise stewardship of the Earth.
The Agroforestry Resource Center is a regional center for education, demonstration and research that focuses on the benefits of woodlands to humans, water and wildlife. Located in Acra, Greene County in New York’s Hudson Valley/Northern Catskills region, the Agroforestry Resource Center provides education on a wide array of topics related to wise stewardship of the Northeastern landscape.
The Siuslaw Model Forest is a key component of the Agroforestry Resource Center. The 142-acre property is a New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection Model Forest, managed in partnership with the Watershed Agricultural Council and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Demonstrations of forest management practices, water quality protection techniques and agroforestry crops are a feature of the Siuslaw Model Forest.
Agroforestry Resource Center staff concentrate on several key topics:
Woodland Stewardship: The wise use of forests is crucial to the health and well-being of rural and urban communities. Our forest-related programs include hands-on workshops for forest landowners; classes for loggers & foresters; and agroforestry classes for woodland enthusiasts. We coordinate the regional Master Forest Owner program, which provides guidance from trained volunteers to forest landowners. We also provide outreach to policymakers on land use issues. Contact Ron Frisbee firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Master Forest Owners and the Windham Community Tree Program. Learn more about our Master Forest Owners Program.
Water Protection: The Hudson Valley/Northern Catskill region is rich in freshwater resources. CCE-CG works in partnership with a variety of organizations to safeguard this precious supply. Water-related activities include watershed education for youth and adults; watershed protection programs, stream science education and promotion of good land stewardship to protect water quality. Staff at the Agroforestry Resource Center coordinate the Catskill Creek Watershed Awareness Project and the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project, a regional flood education initiative. Key partners in our water protection efforts include the NYS Depatment of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program and NYS Water Resources Institute.
Click below to download newly available maps for Greene County that provide lots of information about habitats and water resources These maps can help with land-use planning for conservation and development at the parcel or town-wide scale and beyond. The maps could be especially useful for municipal planning and zoning boards, conservation organizations, and watershed organizations. Maps have been created by Hudsonia Ltd., in partnership with Greene Land Trust with support from the Land Trust Alliance.
Invasive Species: According to the US Department of Agriculture, an invasive species is a plant or animal that is not native to the area where it is found and whose introduction is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. New York State is in the epicenter of the invasive species epidemic, and many pests threaten our forests, farmland and water. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an active member of the Catskill Region Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), and promotes the New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse as a link to important invasive species information.
Workshops & Events: We offer a wide range of fun, informative and instructive classes, workshops and events. Click here for our program calendar.
Natural Resources & the Environment Program Staff
Marilyn Wyman, Issue Leader
Ron Frisbee, Resource Educator
Audrey Kropp, Program Educator
Tracey Testo, Program Coordinator
Natural Resources & the Environment