87 Photos - May 18, 2013
Photo: Pat Crosby, MFO and Terry Stratford, Permaculture ConsultantPhoto: Photo: Re-establishing ecological balance by adding water habitatPhoto: Utilizng on old truck liner, ecological balance was quickly established by establishing a little water on the property: Frogs, salamanders, amphibians, toads, snakes, birds. Here we are observing this year's tadpoles while discussing the value of biodiversity.Photo: Providing simple and inexpensive habitats greatly amplifies biodiversity. This little makeshift "pond" brings amphibians, birds, mammals, snakes.Photo: This frog - and friends - quickly made a home in the little tub-liner pond. Sticks, rocks and moss were added to give natural hiding and sunning places for the frogs.Photo: A recently moved in resident! Presence of frogs indicates good ecology.Photo: Shitake mushroom log inoculated a year ago at hands-on mushroom class. We may have mushrooms this fall :)Photo: Label for dating inoculated mushroom log. This log is from a class offered by Cornell extension.Photo: Beginning a new permaculture garden bed utilizing old logs and logging slash for kugleculturePhoto: Old logs are used for raised beds. As the logs decompose, they add nutrients to the soil. They also hold moisture for the growing plants to draw. Green plant is a European perrenial garden plant called Corn Salad.CCPhoto: Rhubarb perennial planted in bramble patch that was tamed by laying down cardboard - easy permaculture gardening technique for creating a food forest.Photo: Wooddwalks are an enjoyable and fun way to get to know like-minded people and share ideas.Photo: Learning the value of native plants in the ecology - here wild or chokecherries - a medicinal plant for people and great food for bird habitat.Photo: Striped maple - an invasive plantPhoto: Comparing maple varieties.Photo: Native plant - chokecherry. Stand of these that grew up among old logs provide habitat to attract ruffed grouse (aka as partridges).Photo: Beautiful native plants in bloom provide food for bees and other beneficials.Photo: Observing water run off and erosion and assessing corrective landscaping and bulldozing to contain water for permaculture food forest creation.Photo: Wow! THAT's interesting!Photo: Discussion of spraying, perennial plants habitatPhoto: Discussing value of water harvesting vs letting the water run off the land.Photo: Photo: Two great NYFOA (New York Forest Owner Association) members. Ken and SHaron generously provided some of the photos in this slideshow, too. Thanks :)  http://nyfoa.org/Photo: Happy Ken :)Photo: Permaculture includes working WITH nature and learning how she does things so successfully.Photo: Skags - standing dead trees as habitat and ecosystem valuePhoto: Discussing upcoming bulldozing to create swales and ponds to save the rain and groundwater from running away and being wasted.Photo: Invasive species discussionPhoto: The forester in our midst had much to share about the trees, invasive species and ecology.Photo: Teri discussing swales, berms and water harvesting vs runoffPhoto: Teri pointing existing berms and swales created by logging slash leftovers after a huge ice storm topped acres of trees.Photo: Moss growing in this swale indicates moist soil. What type of plants would easily grow in this depression?Photo: Photo: Much to share when forest and tree lovers get together.Photo: Pat Crosby and Teri StratfordPhoto: Next generation of forest stewardsPhoto: Photo: Ants turning old stump back into earthPhoto: Wild flowersPhoto: Photo: Transition from meadow to red pine plantationPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: How to know if your trees are worth anything for lumber - Biltmore stick measuring tree diameterPhoto: Photo: Entering the black forest - heavy spruce plantationPhoto: Looking for regeneration of trees on the edge zone of forest and meadowPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Discussion of red pine plantations and economic valuePhoto: Photo: Teri Stratford - Permaculture ConsultantPhoto: Measureing a tree for lumber value - demonstrationPhoto: Dangerous trees (widow makers)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Opening in the canopy on ATV trail leads to biodiversity. Hobby farm and other economic possibilities with forest products.Photo: Pine cone discussionPhoto: Cone seeds - or notPhoto: It was great to get so much knowledge from a professional forester.Photo: Top of the ridge - different habitatPhoto: Photo: Giant old sugar maples - discussion of maple syrup production from woodlandsPhoto: New program: "Ebay" type marketplace for Catskill forest products  http://www.buypurecatskills.com/Photo: Contrasting cow pasture with spruce black forest - separated by a stone wallPhoto: Tranquility in the forestPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Maple tree regenerationPhoto: Photo: Value of old wood on the forest floorPhoto: Photo: Photo: Tree cavity with fungiPhoto: Discovery of a service berry tree at the edge of the spruce plantationPhoto: Re-entering the meadow from the pine forestPhoto: Interesting fungusPhoto: Photo: Tea from local plants - after the woodswalk. Thank you everyone for coming on our Woodwalk