Volunteers pitch in to plant trees at Freeville research farm

From Anja Timm, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station.

Volunteers from across campus and around the community came together for a productive day to plant hundreds of hardwood seedlings.

More than 30 volunteers from Cornell University and George Junior Republic planted 800+ trees on two acres at Cornell’s Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm in Freeville, N.Y., May 18. Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES) and Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources hosted the tree-planting party.

The planting is part of a research project evaluating six methods of protecting saplings from browsing deer, including different tubes, liners and bud caps. As volunteers planted the white oak, sugar maple, and black locust seedlings, they measured, staked and tagged them, and the trees’ growth will be carefully tracked over the next few years. “The goal of the research is to help landowners and managers find the most economical and sustainable ways to protect vulnerable trees from deer when replanting forestland or establishing windbreaks,” says Peter Smallidge, State Extension Forester with the Department of Natural Resources, who leads the project.

Tree tubes provide protection for seedlings against damage by deer and small rodents, but vary in cost and seedling growth.

The applied research project will be used in extension programming to provide guidance to foresters, maple producers, woodlot owners, and farmers.  Tree planting is a popular activity, and the mix of species is linked to the diverse interests of owners and managers throughout NY.
More information about tree planting

Nick Vail and growers in CUAES’s Caldwell greenhouses grew all of the year-old seedlings for the trial.

Honors Research Celebration: Friday, May 24!

Help celebrate the  2013 Senior Class graduating with Distinction in Research

Friday, May 24 12:30 pm-3:00 pm
102 Mann Library


Posters and Oral Presentations

Students and Thesis Titles


1)      Emily Bialowas (NTRES): The impact of Didymosphenia geminata (Didymo) on macroinvertebrate communities in Esopus Creek, New York


2)      Kelsey Erickson (NTRES): Secondary effects of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae) infestation on Hemlock stands and implications for their management in Ithaca, NY


3)      Cassandra F.L. Garcia (NTRES): Quantifying the effects of Marcellus Shale gas development on forest salamanders


4)      Tianjun Hou (SNES): The effects of soil calcium restoration on the growth rate and annual mortality of sugar maples in Hubbard Brook Experiment Forest (HBEF)


5)      Mou Jian Lee (NTRES): Possibilities for the emergence of Civic Ecology practices in response to social-ecological disturbance: The Case of nuisance Chironomids in Singapore


6)      Margaret M. Luebs (NTRES): A comparison of predation on Soft-Shell Clams (Mya arenaria) and Stout Razor Clams (Tagelus plebeius)


7)      Sarah A. Maclean (NTRES): The sound of danger: Threat sensitivity to predator vocalizations, alarm calls, and novelty in gulls

8)      Erica Merritt (NTRES): Management of Chicago’s Lincoln Park ash trees in the face of Emerald Ash Borer: A spatial plan using ArcGIS 10.1


9)      Emma Schnur (NTRES): Deploying the Conservation Awareness Index in New York: Do family forest landowners know their conservation options?


10)   Jennifer Sun (SNES): Investigating the environmental source and function of thiaminase I

11)   Olivia Walton (NTRES):

Peter Smallidge Interviewed on NPR on RNYW

On May 10th, NYFOA President, Jim Minor, and DNR’s Peter Smallidge, also a NYFOA board member, were interviewed on Susan Arbetter’s Capitol Report, a NPR program out of Albany, regarding NYFOA’s Restore New York Woodlands (RNYW) initiative. To listen here’s a link to the program. Smallidge and Minor are on in the last 15 minutes of the hour-long program so move the slider over 3/4 of the way.