As extreme weather and pest outbreaks become more common, do you wonder if your woodlot is in a strong position to recover and thrive? This workshop will discuss the Keep Forests Healthy assessment and scorecard tool, developed by CCE Onondaga, The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). This tool enables landowners to assess how their forest may be affected by changing climate conditions, and can help identify potential risks and highlight management options that may increase the ability of a forest to cope with the pressure of changing conditions. Kristina Ferrare from CCE Onondaga will review the tool and how it could help private woodlot owners. Learn more about the tool and download a copy here. (This is a link to https://www.forestadaptation.org/NY-checklist)
After reviewing the assessment and scorecard, Gregg Sargis of The Nature Conservancy will look at the recently completed Tug Hill Project through the lens of the report scorecard. Peter Smallidge, State Extension Forester in New York, will discuss the challenges of forest vegetation management on the site.
TNC used both tried and true and new techniques to make their Tug Hill property more resilient. Learn about the history of Tug Hill forests and TNC’s goal to guide them toward increased species diversity and structural complexity using familiar forestry practices. CEUs have been requested.