Natural Resources

 

View of the Catskills from the Siuslaw Model Forest

 

"The Earth is good.  It is a priveledge to live thereon."     ~Liberty Hyde Bailey

               Cornell Cooperative Extension has played a role in the wise stewardship of New York’s natural resources for over 100 years. Cornell University Dean Liberty Hyde Bailey, who established NY Cooperative Extension in 1906, was a botanist, horticulturist and founder of nature study education. Today, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Agroforestry Resource Center continues Liberty Hyde Bailey’s promotion of nature study and wise stewardship of the Earth.

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        The Agroforestry Resource Center is a regional center for education, demonstration and research that focuses on the benefits of woodlands to humans, water and wildlife. Located in Acra, Greene County in New York’s Hudson Valley/Northern Catskills region, the Agroforestry Resource Center provides education on a wide array of topics related to wise stewardship of the Northeastern landscape.  smf sign

 

 The Siuslaw Model Forest is a key component of the Agroforestry Resource Center. The 142-acre property is a New York City Department of Environmental Protection Model Forest, managed in partnership with the Watershed Agricultural Council and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Demonstrations of forest management practices, water quality protection techniques and agroforestry crops are a feature of the Siuslaw Model Forest. 

Agroforestry Resource Center staff concentrate on several key topics:

  Woodland Stewardship:       The wise use of forests is crucial to the health and well-being of rural and urban communities.  Our forest-related programs include hands-on workshops for forest landowners; classes for loggers & foresters; and agroforestry classes for woodland enthusiasts. We coordinate the regional Master Forest Owner program, which provides guidance from trained volunteers to forest landowners. We also provide outreach to policymakers on land use issues. Contact Ron Frisbee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on Master Forest Owners and the Windham Community Tree Program.  Contact Rick Burstell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Certified Arborist, for advice on backyard trees.  Learn more about our Master Forest Owners Program.

 fishing2Water Protection:      The Hudson Valley/Northern Catskill region is rich in freshwater resources. CCE-CG works in partnership with a variety of organizations to safeguard this precious supply. Water-related activities include watershed education for youth and adults; watershed protection programs, stream science education and promotion of good land stewardship to protect water quality. Staff at the Agroforestry Resource Center coordinate the Catskill Creek Watershed Awareness Project and the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project, a regional flood education initiative. Key partners in our water protection efforts include the NYS Depatment of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program and NYS Water Resources Institute.  Contact Liz LoGiudice This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Invasive Species:        According to the US Department of Agriculture, an invasive species is a plant or animal that is not native to the area where it is found and whose introduction is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. New York State is in the epicenter of the invasive species epidemic, and many pests threaten our forests, farmland and water. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an active member of the Catskill Region Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), and the New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse. Contact Marilyn Wyman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

  Workshops & Events: We offer a wide range of fun, informative and instructive classes, workshops and events. Click here for our quarterly program calendar.

 

 

 Agroforestry Resource Center staff:

 Marilyn Wyman, Issue Leader, Natural Resources and the Environment –   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518 622 9820 x 36

Richard Burstell – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.           518 622 9820 x 25greene stream team2

Ron Frisbee – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                  518 622 9820 x 31

Audrey Kropp - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.              518 622 9820 x 26

Elizabeth LoGiudice – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  518 622 9820 x 33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Save Energy, Save Dollars
Philmont Area Senior Center, 93 Main Street, Philmont
Thursday, October 30th 2014
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Learn to Burn: Heating Your Home with Wood
Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Saturday, November 1st 2014
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Maple Program - Value Added Products
Extension Education Center, Hudson
Saturday, November 1st 2014
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Putting Greene County Habitats on the Map in Local Planning
Greene County Industrial Development Agency
Wednesday, November 5th 2014
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Have a Gift Thrifty Holiday
Chatham Public Library; 11 Woodbridge Avenue
Wednesday, November 5th 2014
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Contact CCE

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Agroforestry Resource Center
6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 518-622-9820
Fax: 518-622-0115

Map to Acra office (see green pin)

Extension Education Center
 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534
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Phone: 518-828-3346
Fax: 518-828-3069

Map to Hudson office (see green pin)