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. Woodland stewardship objectives involve management practices that ensure ecologically sound forest productivity.
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.
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 on-line, by e-mail or by calling (518) 622-9820.
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. Interested in becoming an MFO volunteer? Get more information HERE. Are you a landowner interested a visit from an MFO volunteer? For more information: view our MFO brochure , visit the NYS MFO website, or contact MFO regional coordinator Ron Frisbee.
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.
Visit our section of pages on Woodlot Management for resources that can help you make your woods healthier and more productive.
Learn how to better utilize the natural resources in your local forests and community with our agroforestry page
The Master Forest Owner program provides private woodland owners of New York State with the information and encouragement necessary to manage their forest holdings wisely.
Last updated October 22, 2019