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Workshops for woodland owners scheduled

— Many woodlot owners want to be more active in gathering logs or firewood from their property. Often 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 wood. On Saturday, September 10th join Dr. Peter Smallidge of Cornell University Cooperative Extension for a small-scale woodlot and sugarbush management workshop. This workshop will focus on the skills needed to remain safe and accomplish the goals. This workshop is sponsored by Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Essex and the local chapter of the New York Forest Owners Association.

The workshop will emphasize three areas: 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 choices for multiple ownership objectives.

Participants will learn how to create a felling plan, observe directional felling techniques and observe and discuss the use of 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 sustainable woodland practices. Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared for walking on moderately rough ground. Hard hats are encouraged.

Registration is limited and receiving the $15 per person registration fee will reserve your spot. Please send a check to Cornell Cooperative Extension Essex County, P.O. Box 388, Westport, NY 12993. Registration deadline is Sept. 8.

The workshop will last 4 hours starting at 8:30 a.m. in the town of Crown Point. Registration sign-in will occur 30 minutes before the workshop. The workshop will take place regardless of the weather. Please bring a pencil and clipboard; hard hats are encouraged but not required. Property location information will be sent to registrants.

For additional information or to register, please contact CCE of Essex County at 962-4810 ext 0, or email at Essex@cornell.edu.

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