Restoring New York Woodlands

Experts say that autumns could be mostly brown instead of the usual greens, oranges, and reds in 50 years from now if people don’t start paying more attention to what’s going on with the shrubs, bushes and saplings in the forest. Deer are a major problem eating most of the good quality saplings, leaving the lower grade and not-so-pretty varieties of trees such as American beech. There are also invasive species such as buckthorn, honeysuckle and multiflora rose, that crowd out the native, “prettier” species.

A survey of foresters by Cornell’s Cooperative Extension in 2010 suggested that 70 percent of the state’s woodlands are not regenerating in a healthy and diverse way. There are ways to deal with invasive species and deer, too, if controversial. However, the real problem is overcoming what the study’s co-author Gary Goff calls “the Big Green Lie.” This “lie” is that people who see lots of greenery along New York highways think that everything must be fine, but in reality, it’s not.

This story was aired on the radio station WRVO in a short piece.

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Keith Tidball Featured in Two Articles in PeriodiCALS

Keith Tidball is featured in two articles on the fourth page of the Spring 2013 PeriodiCALS, the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Magazine. The first article discusses “Greening in the Red Zone,” how outdoor recreation and nature can help war veterans and other trauma victims. These activities can include fishing, hunting, planting trees, gardening, and solitary time outside.

The second item features a quote from Tidball in an article about the responses to Superstorm Sandy. The article talks about Cornell Cooperative Extension’s rapid response and mobilization to help reduce the impact of the hurricane. CCE and the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) were well-equipped with a system-wide set of standard operating procedures and had resources available for those affected by the storm.


To read both articles in full, click here to download the Spring 2013 PeriodiCALS.

4-Poster Tickicide Project at CCE in Suffolk County

Dan Gilrein from the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Suffolk County, NY wrote a two-part article for the Suffolk County Agriculture News summarizing results from the collaborative 4-Poster Tickicide Project. This project is a newly developed  technology for tick management that works by applying a tickicide to the neck and head areas of deer that brush up against treated rollers when consuming corn bait. This technique has been significantly effective in reducing tick populations.

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Part II (page 9):

CCE Responsiveness to Hurricane Sandy in EZRA Magazine

In EZRA Magazine’s Winter 2013 edition, Volume V, No. 2, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) was highlighted for its rapid response to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Its New York Extension Disaster Education Network (NY EDEN),, made resources available to farmers, businesses, and communities. DNR’s Keith Tidball is the State Coordinator and Senior Extension Associate for NY EDEN.

Click here to read the article in EZRA Magazine.

NY EDEN Responds to Recent Flooding Disasters

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)’s NY Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) actively assisted the residents of at least 33 New York counties, during the “prodromal” stages of the recent hurricane and tropical storm, Irene and Lee.

When it was clear that there would be a crisis due to flooding, NY EDEN notified the counties and disseminated information about how to proceed. They “ensure[d] that timely information and regular communication were deployed such that loss of life was minimized.”

Read more about the crucial role that NY EDEN had in responding to the floods in this article.