informative presentations on all things forestry

This presentation makes you come away looking at the forest differently. Take a closer look at tree crowns, silhouettes, and sites of the landscape, figure out why certain trees grow in certain places, and learn how to identify tree species and their sites at a distance. 

10:30 AM



Dr. Mike Kudish

Professor Emeritus SUNY ESF -

"Identifying Trees At A Distance"

 This talk presents an overview of the Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) framework for ash conservation and EAB mitigation, focusing on important considerations in deciding whether to cut your trees. Although there are good reasons to cut ash in particular circumstances, there are also strong reasons to leave at least some trees standing. One of these is that small percentages of naturally occurring ash are genetically resistant, and propagating them can hold the key to ash restoration – proactively cutting all the healthy ash prevents their detection and propagation. There are other important reasons as well, including the fact that cutting ash typically accelerates EAB spread. The MaMA framework was developed by the Ecological Research Institute in cooperation with US Forest Service scientists leading the fight against EAB and includes citizen-scientist/land manager projects to help locate EAB-resistant trees. MaMA is being widely implemented in the Catskills through the support of the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership and in collaboration with local institutions. For more information, see www.MonitoringAsh.org/Catskills

11:30 AM


Dr. Jonathan Rosenthal & Dr. Radka Wildova

Ecological Research Institute -
"A Long-Term Look at Ash & Emerald Ash Borer Management"

An honest look into the often confusing, sometimes frustrating and ultimately rewarding forest management tool. The talk will begin with a brief overview of the different timber sale options, followed by an explanation of the basic components of a timber sale and the role of each person involved. A discussion about the time frame for a timber sale and the many factors that can affect how long it takes.  We'll go over the positive aftereffects of a timber sale for the landowner and the forest. Finally, well talk about how CFA can assist forest owners with administering a timber sale.  The talk will conclude with a Q & A session.

12:30 AM


Patrick Dolan

Catskill Forest Association -

"Timber Management for Private Catskill Landowners"

The talk will begin with an introduction to the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and their work in New York State. Kylee will discuss how the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are able to help private landowners improve their land for wildlife.

1:30 PM


Kylee Resha

National Wild Turkey Federation -
"Habitat Improvements for Private Landowners

Through Young Forest Creation"

Found only within the densest thickets of New England and eastern New York, the New England cottontail had lost much of its habitat by the beginning of this century. Like many other early successional species, habitat loss, invasive plants, and increasing human development have caused substantial population declines and posed serious challenges toward the recovery of this little-known rabbit. Come hear how biologists are racing to understand the New England cottontail's biology and relationships with its environment in order to better manage our forests, reverse declines, and recover New England's only native cottontail species.

2:30 PM


Dr. Amanda Cheeseman

SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry -

"Into The Thicket: Recovering Our Native New England Cottontail"

3:30 PM


Tom Pavelich

Watershed Agricultural Council -
Forest Management to Improve Bird Habitat

Tom will discuss how forest management can meet the habitat needs of many species of birds and also balance the types of habitat available in the surrounding landscape. Silvicultural treatments to improve forest habitat for two target species of Harvests for Habitat will be discussed, including shelterwood and group selection. Both Wood Thrush and Cerulean Warbler are NYS Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and priority species of Harvests for Habitat.

Catskill Forest Association

43469 State Highway 28

PO BOX 336

Arkville, NY 12406