Slash Wall Woods Walk in Earlville
New York Tree Farm hosted a guided woods walk of a recently completed slash wall in Earlville at the property of NYTF member Harmon Hoff, owner of Sun Fed Beef and Maple Avenue Farms Saturday, September 11, 2021. Presenters for the day included NYTF Central NY Area Chair Kellen Murphy of Murphy Forest Management, DEC Service Forester Paul Romanenko, Thom Allgaier, the NYS Ag & Mkts Invasive Species Coordinator, and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Brett Chedzoy.
Murphy spoke on his involvement in the harvest process on the property and it’s use to compensate for the pressure on forest regeneration and other related issues. Allgaier presented on the most recent information his agency has gathered on the spotted lanternfly, which soon has the potential to become a detrimental presence in NY by damaging hops, grapes, apples, and forest hardwoods yields. While this project was completed with private funding, there are public sources available, such as NRCS EQIP funding. Romanenko discussed how he helps guide forest owner applicants to EQIP and other forestry assistance programs. Chedzoy talked more in-depth about slash walls in general and their use at the Arnot Forest. For more information on the Cornell project, click here.