ANDOVER — Do you own trees, woods, a woodlot, or forest? Want or need advice on improving them?
On Saturday, Oct. 5, professional forester Bruce Robinson will conduct a program and a woodswalk at Greenwood Hill Farm in Andover.
Greenwood Hill Farm is located off State Rt. 417 at 230 Slaght Rd. It has 60 acres of mixed hardwoods that are being managed under a 480a forest plan. Robinson and the landowners, Dana and Jim Kruser, will discuss how they are approaching improving the health of the forest and accomplishing the multi-use goals of commercial timbering, wildlife habitat management and recreational use.
Greenwood Hill Farm completed a limited commercial thinning of a portion of the forest last winter using a professional logger with horse-drawn equipment. This past spring they began a hardwood forest regeneration project with the planting of 100 red oak trees.
Robinson will lead a walk through both the forest and the regeneration projects, describing what has been done, why, and what the next steps are. As with all of his woodswalks, this one promises to be full of interesting information for novice and experienced forest owner alike.
The event will get underway around 9:30 a.m. with refreshments. Robinson’s presentation, with ample time for your Q&A, will begin at 10 a.m. Bring a bag lunch, as the session will break at noon.
Following lunch, Robinson will guide visitors through both the forest and hardwood regeneration project. The walk will be on forest roads with a small amount of up and down. Bring clothing appropriate to the season (there will be a tent at the site for the presentation part of the program and for lunch).
RSVPs are encouraged, but not required. To RSVP and for directions and more information, contact Dana and Jim Kruser at (607) 478-5171 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more general information on Greenwood Hill Farm, go to their website at www.greenwoodhill.com.
This will be a joint event of the Western Finger Lakes and Allegheny Foothills chapters of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA). For more information on NYFOA, visit www.nyfoa.org/
Talk on climate change Oct. 2
BATH — On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the Bath Peace and Justice Group is sponsoring a presentation by local business owner Deborah DiBona on climate change.
The presentation is an outgrowth of a three-day Climate Reality Project training session that DiBona recently attended. The event will held be at the Arc of Steuben, One Arc Way, Bath (off Route 54 behind the Simmons-Rockwell dealership).
The program will start at 7 p.m., preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share. This event is free and open to the public. Call 607 569-3564 for more information.
Animal rehabilitator talk Oct. 3
BATH — What do you do if you find an injured animal or an abandoned baby animal? Call an animal rehabilitator!
There are serious legal and ethical considerations involving compromised wildlife. Come to the Ted Markham Nature Center at Mossy Bank Park in Bath for a free evening program with Licensed Rehabilitator Andrea French, and learn the facts about helping unfortunate creatures.
The event is set for Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., at the Ted Markham Nature Center.