SOT - Deer Browsing and Timber Growing Contest Woods Demonstrations

Event: Deer Browsing and Timber Growing Contest Woods Demonstrations

Date/Time: Saturday, May 20, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: 460 Hunt Hill Road, Port Crane, NY 13833

This field program will give landowners an opportunity to learn how they can get involved in two hands-on projects that will help them understand and improve the conditions in their woodlands. It will be held at NYFOA SOT Chair Steve Kutney’s woodlot near Port Crane, NY. Peter Smallidge, Cornell University State Extension Forester, will lead the program that features both the AVID (Assessing Vegetation Impact from Deer) project and the Northeast Timber Growing Contest.

White-tailed deer pose a serious threat to the health of our forests. To help document deer damage to tree seedlings
and understory plants like wildflowers and help guide deer management decisions, the Cornell University Department of Natural Resources developed the AVID method. This citizen science project gives landowners and opportunity to measure and report the impact deer are having on tree seedlings and wildflowers in their woodlands. The Northeast Timber Growing Contest is designed the help landowners improve their woodlots and have fun at the same time. The contest is family friendly and a great way to get your kids and/or grandchildren to take an interest in your woodlot. Participating in the contest will help answer questions like, Are my woods too thick or too thin? How do I select cull from timber trees? How fast are my trees growing?

We will learn about the various categories of the contest and will lay out a plot, identify, measure and tag trees. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves to help and you will go home with the confidence, understanding and know-how to enter the Contest and watch your trees grow.

We’ll be serving burgers after the program so you don’t go home on an empty stomach. There is no fee for this event, but please call Kevin at (607) 584-5013 or email him at: kjm8@cornell.edu to register and for directions and carpooling info.

For GPS users Steve’s property is located at 460 Hunt Hill Road, Port Crane, NY 13833. For non-GPS users go east on I-88 from Binghamton, NY. Take Sanitaria Springs Exit 4. Turn left and go under I-88. Travel a short distance until the road comes to a T. Make a right onto Hunt Hill Road. Go 2.1 miles. The property will be on your right. There will be a sign to mark the spot. If you have a car with low clearance you may want to park on Hunt Hill Road. Travel up the driveway to the picnic area.


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