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. Click here to read about upcoming trainings, events and workshops. Our Siuslaw Model Forest provides demonstrations, signage and walking trails. Click here to learn more about the Sisulaw Model Forest.
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? Click here for more information.
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. Click here to read a You and Your Forest Letter Series sample issue. 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 LoggerCertification (TLC) program has been developed to recognize loggers who complete a series of trainings 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.
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; explorethe the New York Logger Training website; or contact TLC coordinator Marilyn Wyman.
Windham Trees In Bloom
The WindhamTrees in Bloom is a tree-planting initiative in the Village of Windham. Offered in partnership with the Windham Foundation, the program provides trees to property owners on Main Street. The initiative, which began in 2012, involved an evaluation of the condition of street trees impacted by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Interested landowners are provided with trees to replace damaged trees or enhance the landscape. Trees are provided free of charge and are planted by a local nurseery. For more information about the Windham Trees In Bloom, contact Ron Frisbee.
The Windham Trees In Bloom is just one example of CCE programs that support woodland stewardship in communities. Staff from the Agroforestry Resource Center have provided support to a tree-planing initiative in the Village of Catskill, advised the Town of Durham on forest resource conservation, collaborated with the NYS DEC Trees for Tribs program to plant streamside trees, and provided information to municipalitites on the potential hazards of Emerald Ash Borer infestation on street trees.
Woodland Stewardship Resources
Cornell Cooperative Extension's Forest Connect website - resources for woodland owners
Watershed Agricultural Council Forestry Program website
NYS DEC's Forest Management Assistance program
Information on Forest Stewardship Plans
Choosing a Forester fact sheet
Listing of Watershed Qualified Foresters from the Watershed Ag. Council
List of TLC certified loggers in the Catskill/Lower Hudson Region
Information on NYS 480-A tax law for forest landowners