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Jena Buckwell grew up in Clarkson NY before attending the Rochester Institute of Technology for graphic design. After graduation, she moved to New York City to work as a designer in the fashion editorial industry. There, she met her now husband, Colin Butgereit, who had moved from his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI to work as a manufacturing manager in the 3D printing industry. Jena and Colin decided they were ready to get out of the city after a few years, and moved to the Shenandoah Valley, where their love of the outdoors and interest in small-scale farming was easy to explore. After a year in Virginia, Jena got homesick, and they decided to move to western NY where land prices were cheap and family was nearby. Colin worked in the solar industry in VA and Rochester, and is now a professional gardener and landscaper in Medina, NY. Jena retired from graphic design when they moved back to NY, and currently is employed at the Orleans County Soil and Water Conservation District as a Conservation Planning Assistant through the AmeriCorps State and National Program.

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The mission of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA) is to promote sustainable forestry practices and improved stewardship on privately owned woodlands in New York State. NYFOA is a not-for-profit group of people who care about NYS trees and forests and are interested in the thoughtful management of private forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

Through local chapter and statewide activities such as woods walks and tours, the bi-monthly New York Forest Owner magazine, and affiliation with other organizations with similar objectives, NYFOA helps woodland owners to achieve their management objectives for their properties and encourages the appreciation of the qualities and importance of New York’s forests.

2016 Timber Tax Webinar

Timber Tax Filing for the 2016 Tax Year

Webinar Link Here

Time: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017; 1:00pm - 2:15 pm U.S. Eastern Time
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Got Trees?
Get More from Your Woodlot Learn More, Earn More

Free programs at the NY FARM SHOW

February 23-24-25, 2017
State Fairgrounds - Syracuse, New York

Read about the full program of events here.

These programs are presented by the New York Forest Owners Association in cooperation with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation, Cornell Cooperative Extension, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and with special thanks to each of our expert speakers


Our Annual Meting will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017 on the ESF Campus in Syracuse. The theme this year is 21st Century, Our Woodlands, Our Watch. More details to follow in our magazine, The New York Forest Owner. But why wait? You know it will be great! You can get your registration in now by filling out this registration form.


From Niagra Frontier Chapter's Secretary, Pat Glidden: "Here is a link to the Time Warner Cable’s “Outdoor Beat” hosted by Bill Hilts Jr. interviewing our Chapter Chairman Bob Glidden and Vice Chairman Mitch Banas. Bob and Mitch focused on the benefits of NYFOA membership. It is a half hour video, so please take the time when you get a chance to watch it. For those local in the Buffalo area the show will be re-broadcasted approximately 20 times on TWC Channel 22 if you want to watch it on the big screen!! Hope you enjoy and Happy Holidays!"

NYFOA Has Issued Qualified Support for DEC's proposed 480a Revisions but Remains Opposed to Proposed Harvest Notification Requirements

Members of the NYFOA Board Executive Committee and the Policy Committee have met with DEC representatives regarding these proposals on at least five occasions over the past two years. The proposals have also been discussed (debated) at regular NYFOA Board meetings, including input furnished by Chapter-designated Board Members. For several years, surveys of forest owners by National Woodland Owners Association have identified property taxes as the single greatest concern of forest owners, and this finding has been confirmed by our Board and our Chapters. Considering that the average woodlot size in NY State is 17 acres, we feel that our highest priority is to see SOME level of tax relief for forest owners who own less than the 50 acre minimum required for 480a. We have presented strong objections to some aspects of the original proposals we saw last year, and the DEC has responded to some of them. After I wrote Commissioner Seggos in October, Director of Lands & Forests Rob Davies requested a conference call to discuss our remaining concerns. During this call, Rob confirmed that plan updates for current 480a enrollees would be increased from 5 to 10 years. We agree that this, together with the elimination of stumpage taxes, is a reasonable tradeoff for the lower assessment reduction after 10 years. Rob also agreed to increase the minimum forested acreage under the proposed 480b from 20% to 50%, which was a major concern for some of our policy committee members.

A followup letter to DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos offers our position.

NYFOA Silent Auction – April 8, 2017 – Get Ready!

NYFOA has rekindled the tradition of having a silent auction coincident with its annual meeting. The auction's beneficiaries for 2017 have been selected from several worthy organizations that are passionate about woodlands and NY's young people. And the winners are.....NY's 4-H Forestry Invitational Team and NYFOA's Woodlands Mini Grants! Please click here to learn more about this exciting development!


NYFOA Rewards Program- Members now have the opportunity to get significant discounts on goods and services through participating dealers. See here for a list of participating dealers and associated discounts. Membership application here


Find out about the SUNY-ESF
Ten Thousand Chestnut Challenge here.

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The Northeast Timber Growing Contest is designed to help improve the long-term productivity and health of small private woodlands in the northeastern forest through the engagement of landowners and forestry professionals in a process that includes education, research, technology transfer, and friendly competition.

For more information, click on the logo above or go to www.TimberContest.com and get ready to grow BIG trees!



Click the logo above to find out why New York’s Forests are an “endangered species” and how NYFOA’s “Restore New York Woodlands” initiative is addressing the crisis.


"The Future of New York Forests at Risk-
Working Toward a Comprehensive Solution"

More than 150 forest stakeholders attended a Symposium on April 25, 2015 at SUNY ESF Syracuse, sponsored by NYFOA and several other leading environmental organizations.

Click HERE for links to the Symposium Agenda, PDF files of speakers’ presentations, and relevant references and webinars.

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Looking for an event in your area? Click on Chapters above and visit the chapter pages to find out what's happening!


Your NYFOA Membership Committee seeks a few energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to help grow NYFOA Rewards, our member discount program (see below), and the NYFOA Auction, which will raise significant funds for forestry-related youth programs in NY. If you have time and interest, please email Dean Faklis (dfaklis@frontiernet.net) for more information. Thanks!      (9/4/2016)

Wanted: Landowners for Member Profiles! As many of you know, we include a member landowner profile in each issue of the Forest Owner magazine. The next several issues of the Forest Owner, especially in 2015, will be highlighting various aspects of forest regeneration or restoration. Do you have any experiences related to your efforts, successes, or failures with forest regeneration? If so, we would love to hear from you and any others that would be interested in being interviewed for the profile. If interested, please click on the link below and we will be in touch. The time commitment is only about 30 minutes for the interview. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OwnerProfile

Even if you don’t have any stories to tell about regeneration we are still interested in hearing from you if you would like to be profiled for the Forest Owner. Any questions? Please contact me at the number or e-mail below.

Jeff Joseph
529 Prospect Valley
Willseyville, NY 13864
(607) 659-5995



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