Siuslaw Model Forest


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Due to forestry activities, a portion of the Siuslaw Model Forest is currently closed to the public.

Land of the Far Away River

Rassmussen arbor day

The Siuslaw Model Forest is a property dedicated to education, research and demonstration of sustainable forestry and agroforestry techniques.  

"Siuslaw" is a Native American word meaning “land of the far away river".  The property was given the designation of Siuslaw by Eric Rasmussen, who named it in tribute to the Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon, where he worked as a forester in the 1950's.  

Eric managed Suislaw for fifty years, and in 2006, his family donated the property to Cornell Cooperative Extension.  

In 2007, Siuslaw was designated a NYC Department of Environmental Protection Model Forest.  Siuslaw is managed in partnership with the Watershed Agricultural Council and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Siuslaw is one of four NYC Model Forests  that demonstrate the importance of wise land stewardship in the protection of drinking water.   

Photo Above:  Eric Rasmussen plants a tree with visiting schoolchildren.


Hands-on Education - A wide variety of educational programs are offered at the Siuslaw Model Forest. Topics range from forestry practices and stream science, to bird walks and nature study. 

birding kids

Self-Guided Tour – Visitors can learn about land stewardship and tree identification, read about watersheds, agroforestry and other topics, by exploring the signs and brochures available at Siuslaw. Click here for our trail guide.

Weather Station – Located just north of the Catskill Escarpment, the Siuslaw Model Forest gets some interesting weather ! The weather station records temperature, wind speed, rainfall and other data.  Click here for current weather at the  Siuslaw Model Forest.  


The Siuslaw Model Forest features a number of demonstrations of agroforestry techniques, timber harvests, habitat enhancements and stream protection measures.laying yard brian

Mushroom Laying Yard – demonstration of growing shitake mushrooms on sections of logs. 

Best Management Practices (BMP) – the woods road features demonstrations of open topped culverts, broad based dips, water bars and other techniques for preventing erosion and protecting water.

Timber Stand Improvement (TSI)– TSI harvests are conducted with the aim of restoring habitat or thinning dense stands of trees. 

Habitat Enhancement – Demonstrations of habitat and landscape enhancements include: Trees for Tribs planting in a streamside area, bird nesting boxes, an American chestnut restoration effort and habitat enhancement thinnings.



Researchers from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Cornell University,  the Nature Conservancy and Hudsonia  have conducted research at the Siuslaw Model Forest.  

If you are a researcher with an interest in conducting work at the Siuslaw Model Forest, click here to contact an Agroforestry Resrouce Center staff member



The Siuslaw Model Forest is smf signopen to visitors Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and on weekends in conjunction with educational programs offered at the Agroforestry Resource Center.

Suislaw features ponds, streams fields, forests and beautiful views of the Catskill escarpment. There are several trails to explore. Please check in at the Agroforestry Resource Center or the trail sign in box when you arrive. Click here for our trail guide.


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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Learn to Grow Ginseng
Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Thursday, September 21st 2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jams, Jellies, and Preserves
Meeting Hall, Extension Education Center, Hudson
Saturday, September 23rd 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
An Introduction to Fall Foraging
Extension Education Center, Hudson
Sunday, September 24th 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Preserving Herbs
Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Thursday, September 28th 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pickling with a Boil Water Canner
Meeting Hall, Extension Education Center, Hudson
Thursday, October 5th 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Contact CCE




Agroforestry Resource Center
6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405
Phone: 518-622-9820
Fax: 518-622-0115

Map to Acra office (see green pin)

Extension Education Center
 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518-828-3346
Fax: 518-828-3069

Map to Hudson office (see green pin)

 2017 Major Financial Donors

The Bank of Greene County

Willow Springs Charitable Trust 

 100 Years in Photos!

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Columbia County and Greene County.  We have a number of historical photos on exhibit in both offices.  Stop by either location and have a look!