PARISHVILLE -- Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s ForestConnect program has developed a new field workshop 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Haney Forest, Picketville Road, to help woodland owners learn the basic principles of small scale woodlot harvesting and management.
A large percentage of woodlot owners want or need to be more active in collecting logs or firewood from their property. 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. Before woodland owners undertake these tasks, they need special skills to remain safe and to ensure they accomplish their goals.
The workshop emphasizes three subjects: safety, silviculture, and technique. Participants will learn how to inspect equipment and tools, utilize safe practices, understand basic silvicultural principles, and make appropriate tree selection for multiple ownership objectives. Also, participants will observe directional felling and using an ATV and arch for moving sawlogs and firewood. The course is designed for novice to intermediate woodland owners and anyone interested in learning about and discussing sustainable woodland practices.
Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared for walking on moderately rough ground. Participants are encouraged to bring a hard hat, clipboard, and pencil.
Pre-registration is suggested with Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County at 379-9192, or email Steve VanderMark at firstname.lastname@example.org.