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Date, Topic, Presenter Description Link to recording of webinar

January 20, 2016

Ecology and identification of common northeastern conifers.

Presented by Peter Smallidge, NYS Extension Forester, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.

Conifer trees are a common feature of woodlots, forests and landscapes. The value and qualities of trees are determined in part by the type of tree. Knowing the principles of tree identification will help owners appreciate the value of trees and the types of benefits those trees might provide. This presentation will cover the core principles of tree identification, including how to use twigs, buds, bark, fruit (cones), growth habit, habitat (and even leaves) for identification. Knowledge of these principles will help participants learn how to identify a wide range of trees. Several common trees will be used to illustrate the principles.

January 19, 2016

Estimating the number of taps in your sugarbush.

Presented by Dr. Peter Smallidge

Maple producers will need to estimate the number of taps as they compare different woodlots for sap production, and to estimate the costs for establishing a collection system. Two methods are available. The “plot” method is intuitive and the math is conceptually straight-forward. However this is a longer process and logistically challenging in some sugarbushes. The “point” method is based on variable-radius sampling and although the mathematical proof is complicated, the application of this method is simple and effective. Sample data sheets are available at as is a spread sheet to estimate costs of tubing installation.

January 19, 2016

Introduction to Sugarbush Management.

Presented by Dr. Peter Smallidge

Sugarbush management is a special case of woodlot management. Because maple producers depend on their trees to produce high quality sap, that with high sugar content, each year they need to be particularly attentive to tree growth rate, damage to root systems, and destructive pests.

December 16, 2015

More than maple – birch and walnut syrup opportunities.

Presented by Michael Farrell, Department of Natural Resources and Director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest.

The birch sap and syrup industry is well-established in Alaska and Europe, but there are opportunities for woodlot owners and forest companies throughout North America where birch grows. Similarly, walnut syrup is a small niche that is serving a new market of gourmet specialty syrups. Birch and walnut syrup have the potential to expand markets for existing maple syrup producers, and to provide economic opportunities for woodlot and forest owners not previously involved in syrup production. This webinar will cover the opportunities and challenges with tapping these alternative tree species for sap and syrup. Participants will gain an understanding of the timing of sap flow, expected yields per tap, processing differences when turning sap in to syrup, and marketing opportunities with these unique products.

November 18, 2015

Economics of log-grown shitake mushrooms.

Presented by Steve Gabriel, Small Farms Program, Cornell University.

Research and extension work at Cornell over the last decade has developed cultivation practices and economic models for log-grown shiitake mushrooms. On-farm research found that growers can be profitable in year two and net $9,000 over a five year period with a 500 log operation. Of course, “profitable” is relative to how one designs a production system to be efficient and if local markets are secured. This webinar will help woodlot owners, and foresters who counsel owners, understand the economic opportunities and assumptions for profitable mushroom production. Steve Gabriel will discuss the nuances of a viable production system and the link of mushroom cultivation to forest health.

October 21, 2015 Northeastern tree – identification and ecology of common hardwood species.

Presented by Peter Smallidge

As winter approaches, learn how to identify trees using the leaves (which are leaving), but also by bark, fruit and twigs. Hardwood trees are a common feature of woodlots, forests and landscapes. The value and qualities of trees are determined in part by the type of tree. Knowing the principles of tree identification will help owners appreciate the value of trees and the types of benefits those trees might provide. This presentation will cover the core principles of tree identification, including how to use twigs, buds, bark, fruit, growth habit, habitat (and even leaves) for identification. Knowledge of these principles will help participants learn how to identify a wide range of trees. Several common trees will be used to illustrate the principles.

September 16, 2015 Firewood from private woodlots – techniques and strategies.

Presented by Dr. Peter Smallidge

When woodlot owners report their activities, one of the most common is the collection of firewood for personal use. Many owners also sell some firewood. Woodlot owners should consider their scale of production, what equipment they have or can borrow, what trees to select, how to fell trees to optimize production and safety, logistics and options for bucking and moving, and how to handle and store the wood. Some legal considerations apply to owners who sell and deliver firewood.

Approved for 1.0 hours of SAF CFE Category 2 credits.
August No webinar in August  

July 15, 2015.

Habitat needs of forest birds: the role of sustainable forest management.

Presented by Suzanne Treyger, New York Audubon.

Sustainable forest stewardship can create and improve habitat for a variety of forest birds, many of which are experiencing population declines, such as Wood Thrushes. Learn how to manage your land to meet the needs of many birds and other wildlife, while balancing the types of habitat available in the surrounding landscape. This program will discuss important components of forest bird habitat, including forest age class, structure, and understory composition, and will show examples of logging jobs that help create quality habitat while promoting regeneration, health, and longevity. Resources available to landowners to better manage their woodlots and forests will also be discussed.

June 17, 2015

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid – ecology, management, and recent developments in treatment and bio-control.

Presented by Mark Whitmore, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.

The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is the most significant pest of Eastern hemlock in North America and has killed countless numbers of trees from Georgia to New England. Even though we have just had two very cold winters, HWA has survived and the vast hemlock forests of the north are threatened. Decisive management at this time is needed to forestall HWA spread and implement biological control before it is too late. Mark will discuss my current research on HWA and cold mortality as well as advances in management tactics using systemic insecticides and the current status of the HWA biocontrol program.

October 2014

Money from Your Maples: Exploring Options for Leasing Taps, Selling Sap, and Making Syrup.

Presented by Mike Farrell

September 2014 Maintaining health and productivity in northeastern spruce-fir forests  
August 2014 No webinar  

July 16, 2014

The Ecology and Management of Asian Long-Horned Beetle in Rural Woodlands.

Kevin Dodds, USDA Forest Service Entomologist.

The Asian long-horned beetle has escaped from its infestation of urban trees and has begun impacting rural woodlands. This webinar will look at recent US Forest Service research on the ecology, spread and management of ALB, with particular attention to lessons learned from the Wooster, Massachusetts infestation.  

June 18, 2014

Sustainably Growing Timber and Pasture: Pasture Into Woodlands.

Presented by Peter Smallidge

Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice that sustainably develops and produces timber, livestock, and forage. Current technologies, such as portable electric fence and management intensive rotational grazing enable managers options not available in previous decades. A key need for many northeastern landowners who manage livestock is to transition some of their woodlands into silvopasture. This webinar will discuss thinning methods for sunlight, tree selection, and working with foresters.  

May 21, 2014

Sustainably Growing Timber, Pasture and Livestock: Trees Into Pasture.

Presented by Brett Chedzoy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County.

Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice that sustainably produces timber, livestock, and forage on the same land. Current technologies, such as portable electric fence and management intensive rotational grazing enable managers options not available in previous decades. A key need for many northeastern landowners who manage livestock is to economically and sustainably create shade in pastures by establishing forest cover. Shade provides numerous benefits to livestock. This webinar will discuss considerations of site quality, species selection, establishment, and subsequent management of trees.

April 16, 2014

A case for expanding silvopasture in the Northeast.

Presented by Roy Brubaker, Pennsylvania DCNR and Silvopastoralist.

The Northeast’s forests support high levels of biodiversity, which supports critical ecosystem services for human habitation. A review of emerging research on the role of large herbivore grazing ecology and forest succession in temperate hardwood systems helps make the case that Silvopasture and targeted grazing could be used in the North East to reduce the cost of forest conservation.

March 19, 2014

A Family Legacy of Deliberate Forest Management: The Levatich’s of Hobnob Forest.

Presented by Tim Levatich, owner and manager of Hobnob Forest.

Peter Levatich purchased forestland in the mid-70’s and began intensive management of 100 acres of northern hardwoods right away. He found forestry advice from many sources and soon began showing other forest owners what he was doing in the Hobnob Forest. Tim Levatich was inspired there to become a forester and now carries on with the management of the Hobnob. Join us to learn about some of the key lessons learned over the past 38 years.

February 19, 2014

Are You Growing Your Best Timber?

Presented by Peter Smallidge

For some woodland owners timber management is a high priority of ownership, and most owners recognize there is some value in their timber. Ultimately, most woodlots are eventually harvested. Many activities by woodland owners influence timber volume and value. Timber is an asset to the owner, and can accumulate significant value if managed appropriately. This webinar will cover some of the core strategies to increase the volume and value of timber on private woodlands. Also, the webinar will discuss a new initiative called the Timber Growing Contest

January 15, 2014

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: Ecology, Management and Spread in NY.

Presented by Mark Whitmore, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an introduced and destructive insect pest of eastern hemlocks. Hemlock woolly adelgids are a serious threat to the ecologically important Eastern hemlock forests of eastern forests and have recently spread into the Finger Lakes region of New York. This webinar will cover basic HWA biology and outline management options to preserve this valuable tree in our natural heritage. Mark will focus attention on short term control techniques using systemic insecticides and the long term prognosis for establishing biological control using predators from the Pacific Northwest.  

December 18, 2013

Wildlife Habitat: You build it and they will come.

Presented by Gary Goff, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.

Wildlife of all types excite and animate the interests of landowners and many others. Foresters spend effort working to align traditional resource management with the owner objectives related to their values for wildlife. Understanding of the needs of wildlife will provide new and stronger strategies to ensure that owners achieve their goals. Gary will discuss how owners and managers can create and manipulate the four key elements of wildlife habitat: food, water, cover and space. The content is intended for those beginning the process of learning and implementing these strategies.

November 20, 2013

Family Forests: Are they productive? Sustainable? Resilient?

Presented by Dr. Rene Germain, Professor, SUNY ESF, Syracuse, NY.

Family forests are a dominant component of the northeastern landscape. They can be characterized by specific demographic patterns, and have undergone dramatic changes in both parcel size and distribution. Research on the stocking, practice of silviculture and implementation of water quality best management practices (BMPs) provides insight about the way these forests have been managed. An understanding of management trends allows for insight into the future capacity of these forests to be productive, sustainable, and resilient.

October 16, 2013

Eastern forest ecosystem stressors: Deer, Invasive Plants, and Earthworms.

Presented by Dr. Bernd Blossey, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.

 There are multiple stressors that impact eastern forest ecosystems, including deer, invasive plants and invasive earthworms. This webinar will examine the interactive effects of these stressors on herbaceous and wood plant species, and the dynamics of the plant populations. The interactions of the stressors will be described. Management recommendations and assessment tools will include a description of the use of sentinel oaks to assess deer impacts.

June 19, 2013

Update on EAB in New York and Management Strategies for owners and communities.

Presented by Mark Whitmore, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.

Emerald Ash Borer continues its spread in New York but it is important to consider that more than 95% of our forests are uninfested. Now is the time for action. With planning we can mitigate the economic impacts and hopefully buy time necessary to develop new management strategies. Learn where EAB is, what you can do as an individual and community, and what the latest research is finding.

May 15, 2013

Rehabilitation of degraded woodlands.

Presented by Dr. Ralph Nyland, State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Exploitive harvesting, including high-grading or diameter-limit cutting, and some natural disturbances have altered the species composition, condition, and structure of northeastern forests to an extent that deliberate rehabilitation is necessary to return the forest to productivity and health. Dr. Nyland will identify the types of conditions that characterize degraded stands and describe principles and practices that will help foresters and forest owners to bring a degraded forests to a more productive condition.

April 17, 2013 

Forest Grown Mushrooms for Forest Health.

Presented by Steve Gabriel, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.

Several mushrooms can be grown in the forest and provide woodlot owners an incentive to conduct timber stand improvement thinnings. Mushrooms are an easy crop to grow for a hobby or for commercial use. This webinar will cover the basics of shiitake, oyster, and lion’s mane production on logs, totems, and stumps. In addition, discussion of current production research at Cornell and online resources will be offered by Northeast Forest Mushroom Grower Network coordinator Steve Gabriel.

March 2013 

Thinning practices to improve forest growth and tree vigor.

Presented by Peter Smallidge, NYS Extension Forester

Thinning is the process of selecting and removing some trees to improve the growth and vigor of the residual trees. The benefits of thinning are well documented, but selecting the correct trees can have a profound influence on the success of the thinning treatment. This presentation will review some of the scientific literature that describes how trees will respond to thinning, and what owners and managers might expect as a growth response. Different ways to select the location and arrangement of trees will be reviewed. The potential risks of thinning will be discussed.

February 2013

An introduction to the identification of conifer trees.

Presented by Peter Smallidge, NYS Extension Forester, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.

Conifer trees are a common feature of woodlots, forests and landscapes. The value and qualities of trees are determined in part by the type of tree. Knowing the principles of tree identification will help owners appreciate the value of trees and the types of benefits those trees might provide. This presentation will cover the core principles of tree identification, including how to use twigs, buds, bark, fruit, growth habit, habitat (and even leaves) for identification. Knowledge of these principles will help participants learn how to identify a wide range of trees. Several common trees will be used to illustrate the principles.

January 16, 2013

An introduction to the identification of hardwood trees. 

Presented by Peter Smallidge

Hardwood trees are a common feature of woodlots, forests and landscapes. The value and qualities of trees are determined in part by the type of tree. Knowing the principles of tree identification will help owners appreciate the value of trees and the types of benefits those trees might provide. This presentation will cover the core principles of tree identification, including how to use twigs, buds, bark, fruit, growth habit, habitat (and even leaves) for identification. Knowledge of these principles will help participants learn how to identify a wide range of trees.

December 19, 2012

Stressors of Trees: forest management for health and productivity.

Presented by Peter Smallidge, NYS Extension Forester

Environmental, physical, and biological stress is common in forests and woodlands. Some stressor are natural, while others are caused by human activity. Trees can manage some stress, but exhibit decline and death as stressors begin to compound in number or are prolonged in duration. Learn about the types of disturbance, general symptoms that assess their significance, and how to manage (and not manage) forests to reduce the impacts of stress on tree health and productivity.

November 21, 2012

What to expect during a timber harvest.

Presented by Laurel Gailor Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County.

Most forest owners lack experience in working with a forester, much less a logger, as they might consider conducting a timber harvest. Foresters and loggers are important players in this process, and finding one that matches your interests and needs will help ensure a successful harvest. This webinar will discuss the merits and opportunities for developing a forest management plan as the first step, the types of foresters available, how to find and hire a forester and logger, and what to expect during the harvest.  

October 17, 2012

Management for the next forest. 

Presented by Peter Smallidge

The forests of NY and most northeastern forests are mature or near mature. Because of current activities and natural process in private woodlands, owners and managers need to be alert to the current conditions that will influence the diversity, productivity and health of the next forest. Recent research has identified regionally specific potential barriers to the effective regeneration of woodlands. Failing to address these barriers, even for owners who do not plan to harvest, may lead to significant changes in the dominant feature of eastern landscapes.

July 18, 2012

Enhancing mast (food) production for woodland wildlife.

Presented by Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Cooperative Extension.

Fruit from trees and shrubs (aka mast) is a significant source of food for many wildlife species. This webinar will explore a variety of mast producing trees and shrubs found in eastern deciduous woodlands, as well as, their role in sustaining the wildlife species that depend on them. It will explore on some of the techniques, including crop tree management that can be employed to enhance the diversity and productivity of these woodland mast producers.

June 20, 2012

Land Ownership and Transfer: Options and Opportunities.

Presented by Elizabeth Sillin, Esquire, Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP and Paul Catanzaro, University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension.

There are a variety of ways in which land can be owned and transferred. These different ownership types and methods of transfer have implications for things such as how the land is passed on, how it is taxed, and how decisions about the land are made in the future. Understanding your options for land ownership and transfer is a great way to begin deciding the future of your land. Attorney Elizabeth Sillin will discuss a number of land ownership options and the opportunities that these options provide. Land ownership options and transfer to be discussed will include: trusts, limited liability companies, gifting, and life estates with remaining interest. Start moving forward with your plan for the land by learning which ownership options are the best fit for your goals.

May 16, 2012

How Honeybees Choose a Forest Home.

Presented by Dr. Tom Seeley, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University.

In the late spring and early summer, when a honeybee colony becomes overcrowded in its hive, it will cast a swarm. When this happens, about a third of the worker bees stay at home and rear a new queen, thereby perpetuating the mother colony, while the other two-thirds of the workforce – a crowd of some ten thousand – rushes off with the old queen to set up a daughter colony. The migrating bees travel only about 100 feet before coalescing into a beardlike cluster hanging from a tree branch. Here they will remain bivouacked for a few days. During this time, several hundred of its oldest bees will spring into action as nest-site scouts, explore about 30 square miles of the surrounding landscape for potential nesting cavities in trees and buildings, locate a dozen or more possibilities, and democratically select a favorite for their new dwelling place. We will see how can a bunch of tiny-brained bees, hanging from a tree branch, can make such a complex decision and can make it well.  

April 18, 2012

Emerald Ash Borer: Status, Current Efforts, Owner Actions, and Pesticide BMPs for Communities and Landowners.

Presented by Mark Whitmore

 The emerald ash borer will be a fixture on our landscape and rural woodlands for a long time. Learn the latest information about it distribution, what current efforts are trying to control and manage the pest, what actions owners can take to limit EAB impact, and what pesticide options exist for communities and landowners.  

March 21, 2012

How forest pests pester a tree.

Presented by J. Rebecca Hargrave, Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Chenango County (now at SUNY Morrisville).

Pests are a special type of stress in the life of a tree. Different types of pests can impact foliage, roots, stems, and fruits. Each pest type has special characteriestics that determine how it is able to impact trees and the types of management strategies that can control those pests. This webinar will evaluate the biological effects of different types of pests (insect and fungal) on trees, and review common stresses, pests, and new potential threats.  

February 15, 2012

Forest Vegetation Management Using Herbicides.

Presented by David R. Jackson, Extension Educator/Forester, Penn State Extension.

Forestry labeled herbicides are a safe and effective means of controlling undesirable forest vegetation. They are used for achieving many objectives including: establishing desirable regeneration, increasing tree growth and timber production, creating and enhancing wildlife habitat, and controlling non-native/invasive plants. This webinar will highlight forestry herbicide application methods, products, and treatments guidelines for controlling competing and invasive vegetation.

January 18, 2012

Best management practices for timber production.

Presented by Dr. Peter Smallidge

Many woodlot owners and maple producers are interested in better sawtimber production from their land. Ten core best practices will help maple producers or woodland owners improve the volume and value of timber on their property. Participants will learn about principles and strategies related to topics such as: why fast growth is important, the role of foresters and loggers, avoiding high-grading, protecting against timber theft, and good use of the timber tax code.

December 21, 2011

Restoring the American Chestnut.

Presented by Bryan Burhans, President and CEO American Chestnut Foundation.

The American chestnut once stood as the dominate hardwood tree in our eastern forests. An Asian fungus introduced to the US in the early 1900 eliminated the chestnut as a canopy tree in just four decades. Efforts are underway to develop a tree that can withstand this pathogen. Presentation will provide up-to-date status of efforts by the American Chestnut Foundation to develop a disease-resistant tree and eventually reintroduce the species back to our eastern forests.  

November 15, 2011

Managing invasive forest shrubs, vines, and herbs.

Presented by Dr. Peter Smallidge

Many hardwood forests have invasive shrubs and related species that wholly or partialy dominate the understory. These plants can limit the growth and reproduction of the forest, impair access, alter ecosystem conditions, reduce biological diversity and reduce the quality of wildlife habitat. Peter Smallidge, will describe a framework for understanding how invasive forest plant species can be evaluated and management strategies developed to achieve ownership goals. Invasion characteristics and management recommendations for several common forest invasive plants will be discussed.

October 19, 2011

An introduction to silvicultural practices for private woodlands.

Presented by Dr. Peter Smallidge

Woodland owners often hear foresters discussing the use of silviculture as the best means to sustainable manage private forested property. Deliberate and attentive management, using silvicultural principles and practices, can help woodland owners better accomplish their objectives. Learn more about silviculture and it’s benefits to private woodlands. The webinar will define silviculture, describe the components of the forest manipulated through silviculture, discuss and illustrate examples of tools and practices used, and illustrate the changes in a forest following different types of silvicultural activities.

September 21, 2011

Expansion, Management and Control Strategies for Emerald Ash Borer in NY: Rural and Urban Update.

Presented by Mark Whitmore

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) continues to pop up in diverse locations around New York, primarily in urban situations. The patterns of infestation suggest the primary method of movement is by the transportation of firewood. The current prognosis for limiting spread throughout the state is favorable given EAB is present primarily in small, localized situations and has infested less than 1% of New York’s forests. Through implementation of the state’s management policy to slow EAB spread most landowners should have several years to plan management activities. Learn more about the current situation in New York and what you should be considering while developing your management plans.  

July 20, 2011

Limiting deer impacts on forest regeneration via a hunter-management strategy.

Presented by Dr. Jay Boulanger, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University (now at Nebraska State University).

Too many deer can result in failure of forest regeneration efforts, and can have other negative impacts on forest processes and human use of the forest and landscape. Management of overabundant white-tailed deer populations continues to challenge resource managers and landowners in forested and suburban landscapes. This webinar will describe the application of Cornell’s well-established Earn-a-Buck deer hunting programs and silvicultural practices used to promote forest regeneration in areas of high deer density. Cornell’s model may be applicable to northeastern landowners looking to increase regeneration in their forests.

June 15, 2011

The distribution, ecology and control of hemlock woolly adelgid.

Presented by Mark Whitmore

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an introduced and destructive insect pest of eastern hemlocks. Hemlock woolly adelgids are a serious threat to the ecologically important Eastern hemlock forests of eastern forests and have recently spread into the Finger Lakes region of New York. HWA populations have spread rapidly and have begun killing trees. Join Mark Whitmore who has been involved with assessments of the problem and trainings to help others identify and manage this pest. Mark will focus some attention on the recent outbreak in the Finger Lakes, but will offer guidance that has application throughout the HWA region.

May 18, 2011

Silvopasture Opportunities for Eastern Forests: Guidelines for woodland owners, livestock producers, and foresters.

Presented by Brett Chedzoy

Silvopasturing is the deliberate integration of sustainable livestock and timber production, which provides new agricultural opportunities with unique applications and efficiencies. Current social, market and ecological factors have increased the suitability for many rural landowners to adopt silvopasturing systems. Silvopasturing is relatively new in the Northeast as a legitimate and appropriate land use. Silvopasture practitioners, or “silvograziers”, may arrive from a starting point with small or large-scale traditional livestock production, woodland management, or other agricultural interests.

April 20, 2011

Effect of gas and oil development on songbird abundance in the eastern United States.

Presented by Emily Hope Thomas.

Previous studies on the effects of forest fragmentation on songbirds show that resident and generalist species tend to benefit or adapt while forest dwelling Neotropical migrants are often displaced; however, those studies were in areas where the landscape matrix was no longer forested. The development of shallow oil and gas resources causes forest fragmentation due to the construction of well pads, access roads, and pipelines; yet the overall landscape remains forested. My study examines the effects of shallow oil and gas well development and the associated unique forest fragmentation on songbird species occupying oak and northern hardwood forests within the Allegheny National Forest.  

March 16, 2011 

Integrated Vegetation Management Control of Japanese Barberry Helps Control Lyme Disease.

Presented by Jeff Ward, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is a thorny, invasive shrub that has become naturalized in at least thirty-one states. Barberry infestations are associated with a lack of native tree and spring wildfire regeneration, increased risk of Lyme disease because of increase blacklegged tick densities, higher earthworm densities, and changes in soil chemistry. This webinar will discuss the effectiveness of non-chemical methods (mowing, propane torches) and herbicides (triclopyr, glyphosate) for controlling barberry.  

February 16 2011

Your Land Your Legacy.

Presented by Paul Catanzaro, University of Massachusetts.

The average age of a woodland owner is over 60 years old. In the coming years, a large percentage of woodland owners will need to make decisions about the future of their land. Because land can be connected to memories, experiences, and feelings not normally associated with assets such as stocks and bonds, your land may also have significant personal value. Deciding what to do with your land brings with it the challenge of providing for the financial and personal needs of you and your family. 

This webinar will not provide direct legal advice to owners, but will prepare owners and their families to start the estate planning process. Supplemental reading can be found at


January 19 2011

Wild Things in Your Woodlands.

Presented by Kristi Sullivan, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.

From black bears to black-capped chickadees, salamanders to snapping turtles, we all enjoy viewing a diversity of wildlife in our woodlands. Learn about the natural history, interesting habits, and habitat needs of ten species found in the region. Kristi will offer specific suggestions for actions that woodland owners can take to manage habitat for common and rare species alike.

December 15, 2010

Crop tree release of hardwoods for improved growth and survival.

Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Ward, Connecticut Experiment Station.

Crop tree release is a management tool to simultaneously manipulate stand composition and concentrate growth on individual stems of high value species. It is a versatile technique that can increase survival and growth of sapling oak in young stands or provide income while retaining non-commodity amenities in mature sawtimber stands. This webinar will examine both individual tree and stand level responses to crop tree management with an emphasis on upland oaks and black birch.

October 20, 2010

Small-scale woodlot management and low-impact ATV logging.

Presented by Dr. Peter Smallidge

A large percentage of woodlot owners want or need to be more active in collecting logs or firewood from their property. Many foresters find more owners with smaller parceling seeking assistance. On many properties, there are too few acres or too few trees to attract a commercial-scale operation. In other cases, the owner just wants to be more closely involved in the selection, felling and moving of the wood. The why, when and how of small-scale woodland management. Particular emphasis will be placed on strategies for using an ATV to safely move logs and firewood.  

September 2010

Your Land, Your Legacy: Deciding the Future of Your Land.

Presented by Paul Catanzaro, University of Massachusetts.


July 21, 2010

Opportunities and challenges for biological control of Emerald Ash Borer.

Presented by Drs. John Vandenberg, USDA ARS Bio-IPM Research Unit, Ithaca, NY and Leah Bauer, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, East Lansing, MI.

Emerald Ash Borers have spread to most Midwest and Central Atlantic States. Other than host resistance, biological control may provide the only long-term strategy to combat the potential impacts of the EAB on eastern hardwood forests. Drs. Vandenberg and Bauer are working with insect and pathogen agents of bio-control for the Emerald Ash Borer. They will describe the current situation of EAB in the US, review basic principles of bio-control, and discuss insect and pathogen agents that are being evaluated for use in the control of EAB. This webinar has application for the entire geographic range of white ash, but with particular value for those areas currently impacted by EAB.

June 16, 2010

Emerald Ash Borer Biology, Spread, and Status in NY.

This webinar will address key aspects of emerald ash borer biology, then look at its spread through the Midwest to its present day location in western New York. The status of the infestation in western New York will serve as a framework for discussing actions that are being taken and what communities in New York can expect. The last section will cover issues that are likely to develop in New York communities and how actions guided by informed professionals, such as the creation of a Community Action Plan, can be taken to minimize the economic damages.  

May 19, 2010

Effectively Communicating the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Message through Media Outreach.

Presented by Dr. Holly Menninger, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.

This webinar is especially relevant to Extension educators, natural resource professionals, and invasive species team leaders. The communication of clear, accurate, and consistent messages about Emerald Ash Borer is a critical component of an effective EAB outreach program. With an emphasis on EAB preparedness and community action, Menninger will provide Webinar participants with tips and tools to more effectively use media outreach to deliver these messages to the public.   

April 21, 2010

Managing early successional wildlife habitat.

Presented by Kristi Sullivan

Grasslands, shrublands, and young forest habitats (collectively referred to as early-successional habitats) have been declining in New York and throughout the Northeast for decades as have the wildlife species associated with them. Many are listed as species of special concern in several northeastern states. The American woodcock has declined considerably over the past 30 years, and New England cottontails occur in only 20% of the area in which it was historically found.

March 17, 2010

Flame Weeding Technology to Control Invasive and Interfering Woodland Plants.

Presented by Dr. Peter Smallidge

Invasive and interfering woody plants can reduce access, limit productivity, impede natural regeneration, and limit woodland biodiversity. Several vegetation management strategies are available. One relatively new tool for woodlands is the use of flame weeding technology. This decades old technology was tested against several invasive shrubs and native trees to assess the level of control possible.

February 17, 2010

Silvopasture: Livestock options for woodland vegetation management and increased income.

Presented by Brett Chedzoy

In the modern era of invasive plants, high land ownership costs, and other challenges to healthy and sustainable woodlands, it is worth taking a look at controlled livestock grazing as an acceptable and valuable management tool in some northeastern woodlots. The purposeful and managed grazing of livestock in wooded areas, known assilvopasturing, differs from woodlot grazing of the past in that the frequency and intensity of the grazing is controlled to achieve the desired objectives.  

January 20, 2010

Beech management in northeastern woodlots.

Presented by Peter Smallidge

Learn about the variety of strategies available to help woodland owners, foresters and forest practitioners control American Beech in their woodlots. Depending on the abundance of beech as seedlings, saplings, or pole-sized and larger stems, herbicides or organic treatments might help reduce the dominance of this potentially interfering species.

November 2009

Timber Harvesting Aesthetics I.

Presented by Dr. Andrew Egan, Paul Smith’s College.

Timber harvesting changes the aesthetics of the forest. This webinar will cover the basic types of forest harvesting systems and discuss ways to work with your forester and logger to achieve an optimum outcome. Part II is available at

October 2009

Ecology, Interactions, and Management of Deer and Northeastern Forests.

Presented by Drs. Susan Stout and Alex Royo, USDA Forest Service, USFS Northern Research Station.

Deer are common throughout most of the eastern forests, and have an interesting history of population change and interaction with humans and forests. Discussing recent research on the interactions of deer and forests, and their impacts. Forest and ecosystem level concerns are addressed as the populations of deer are expected to continue to increase.  

May 2009

Gypsy moth: history, ecology and management in North America.

Presented by Dr. Andrew Liebold, US Forest Service.

Since the time of the gypsy moth’s accidental introduction near Boston in the mid-1800’s this insect has gradually expanded its range and repeatedly gone through episodes of massive outbreaks, causing defoliation over millions of acres of forest land.  

April 2009

Rehabilitating Cut-Over Woodlands.

Presented by Dr. Nyland, Professor at SUNY ESF.

Many woodland owners and foresters find themselves confronted by the desire and need to rehabilitate an woodland that has suffered an exploitive harvest. Although recognition of the problem has increased, only recently have guidelines been developed to correct these unsustainable practices.

February 2009

Diameter-limit Cutting and Exploitation.

Presented by Dr. Nyland

An unsustainable forest harvesting practice, diameter-limit cutting, has been recognized in several scientific studies for its exploitive effects on forest growth and productivity. The webinar will address the correct role of silviculture relative to the negative impacts of diameter-limit cutting on forest growth, yield, and value.

January 2009

A history of non-native forest pest invasions.

Presented by Dr. Andrew Liebold, US Forest Service.

Northeastern forests and those throughout the United States are experiencing dramatic increases in the arrival and abundance of invasive pests. Understanding the ecology of pest invasions and the effects they are likely to have on forest ecosystems will help us prepare for and respond to changes they evoke.

October 2008

Understanding tree diseases.

Presented by J. Rebecca Hargrave, CCE of Chenango County (now at SUNY Morrisville).

Tree diseases can have profound impacts on the health, productivity and safety of our forests. Diseases can be a relatively simple relationship between a pathogen and trees, or they can be more complicated involving vector organisms and single hosts. Diseases affect one part of a tree or another, such as the foliage, the stem and wood, or the roots. Learn how different disease relationships exist in northern forests and some common examples to look for your woodlot.
September 2008    
August 2008    
July 2008 Managing for high quality hardwoods (Finley)  
June 2008 Ecology and management of shrubs (see November 2011)
May 2008 Conifer identification (see February 2013)

April 2008

Tree selection and woodlot thinning.

Presented by Peter Smallidge

Many owners have the skill and interest to manage their woods to produce firewood or thin to release high quality trees for future sawlogs. Selecting the “winners” and “losers” is part of this process. Selecting trees to cut or leave also involves understanding how trees grow and strategies to release tree crowns for improved growth.

February 2008

Enhancing forest biodiversity.

Presented by Kristi Sullivan, 

Forest biodiversity is important to the resilience and stability of the forest. Increased biodiversity allows forests to recover more quickly to disturbance, increases their ability to maintain ecosystem function during times of stress, and provides an increased variety of resources for wildlife. Learn how various management practices can be used to enhance the biodiversity of the forest.

October 2007

Creating vernal pools for wildlife.

Presented by Kristi Sullivan

Wildlife benefit from a variety of habitats that they can use for food and cover. Vernal pools are uncommon in some woodlands, yet would add greatly to the complexity of the ecosystem. Creating woodland vernal pools can be relatively simple, and have significant positive impacts on the types of wildlife viewed. Learn about the ecology of woodland vernal pools and strategies for installing them in your woodlot.

September 2007

Small-scale firewood production.

Presented by Peter Smallidge

Firewood production is possible from most woodlots.  The owner needs to develop some basic skills, especially to ensure safe and efficient production.

July 2007

Working with Foresters.

Some good advice for a landowner who plans to conduct any management activity in their forest is to seek advice and counsel from a forester. This webinar discusses the process a landowner should use to select a forester and what factors to consider when deciding how to pay a forester for services. Typically, the owner’s efficiency and the results improve when they get advice from a professional.

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