Historical Living Isn’t Really Living

I grew up near New Paltz in Ulster County. My family worshiped at the Dutch Reformed Church on Huguenot Street. Every Sunday found our family attending service for the first 20 years of my life until I went to college. More...

Posted 1/31/2017 07:39 PM

Smaller Acreage, Larger Forests

What’s a forest anyway? I remember many years ago, the first time I hiked up Giant Ledge in the heart of the Catskill Forest Preserve. Giant Ledge is what it describes – a giant ledge. More...

Posted 12/13/2016 08:37 PM

Remaining Viable

In New York City’s watershed, many of us are aware of the various campaigns out there to conserve both farmland and forestland. More...

Posted 10/25/2016 06:21 PM

What’s That Noise?

In the early evening my wife and I often go for a walk with our two daughters in the stroller. Metta Mae is three years old and Maple is one. It’s funny to see their reactions to new things. More...

Posted 9/13/2016 08:54 PM

From the Forest

Golden Chanterelles – A Mushroom Worth Picking

Many of you have probably noticed how little rain we have received in the past few weeks or so. Stream levels seem fairly low and the fishing isn’t as good (for me) under these conditions. More...

Posted 8/9/2016 08:41 PM

Remembering the ash…

Some of us have heard stories from our grandparents – or even great grandparents – about the American chestnut tree. Chestnut trees were used in flooring, fine furniture, building construction, and even fence-posts. More...

Posted 7/5/2016 08:32 PM

From the Forest

Fruitful Forests, One Fruitful Tree

This spring I’ve spent some time pruning old apple trees. They were neglected old trees that either the previous landowner planted or the current one forgot about, or simply a seedling that began its life through a deer’s rumen. More...

Posted 4/26/2016 06:20 PM

Watered Down Firewood

Half as much for the same price   More...

Posted 1/10/2017 08:53 PM

From the Forest

Cows in the wilderness. That’s what I saw recently; at least I imagined it anyway. It was a beautiful sunny, warm day for taking the gun for a walk up the mountain. Despite the warmer weather, I still managed to see two bears and one doe. More...

Posted 12/27/2016 11:47 PM

Forestry Demands Patience

The problem with forestry – in comparison to growing vegetables – is that it takes so long. When a field is tilled and corn is planted, most are aware that their reward will be reaped at the end of summer.  More...

Posted 11/8/2016 08:00 PM

From the Forest

By Ryan Trapani, Interim Executive Director, CFA   More...

Posted 9/27/2016 07:54 PM

The Columbian Exchange Continues

Education Forester, CFA Here’s a question. What do a serpentine belt, car tires, penne alla vodka, honey, Irish potatoes, apple pie, Kentucky blue grass, tobacco, horses, and Emerald Ash Borer all have in common? More...

Posted 8/23/2016 09:48 PM

From the Forest

Forestry – Glorified Forest Gardening

Forestry – A less familiar rural use   More...

Posted 7/12/2016 06:49 PM

From the Forest

What Happened Here?

A week or so ago I went hiking with my friend, Dr. Michael Kudish to Little Pond state campground. Dr. More...

Posted 5/10/2016 07:31 PM

From the Forest

Catskill Mountain News Publisher Dick Sanford has announced that Ryan Trapani has joined the paper’s staff as a columnist. More...

Posted 3/15/2016 05:31 PM