Okay, its minus 10 degrees once again, your honey is giving you the stink eye and there’s frozen sand in your shoes, so what do you do? Road trip time! Load the woodstove, grab some buddies, reload the woodstove and hit the road for some farm, forest, and field and stream action!
• Feb. 1: 9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Dr Curt Gervich, of the Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences at SUNY, Plattsburgh is offering a ‘Sustainable Farm Decision-Making’ workshop at the Whallonsburg, Grange. His workshop will exam the decision-making process required to ensure that a particular agricultural decision is sustainable in the short, medium and long-term. This workshop is being suggested for both Beginner and experienced farmer, no matter what area of farming you practice. A $10 fee is asked to cover materials and facility.
• Feb. 20-22
Northeast Premier Indoor Farm Show
The New York Farm Show is the biggest technology showcase in the Northeast. Farm equipment, tractors and lots of agricultural boy toys!
The New York Beef Producers’ will present a series of free beef programs on Feb. 20, 21 & 22, during the New York Farm Show at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Show hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. These programs are free to the show visitors and will be held at the New York Beef Producers’ display in the dairy building. Many interesting and informative topics will be discussed daily.
Fitting Cattle for Exhibition or Show 10 a.m.
Effective Fencing and Handling 11 a.m.
Grazing and Pasture Management 1 p.m.
Grazing Forage Selection and Quality Feed Making 2 p.m.
Name That Cut 3 p.m.
Along with agricultural/farm displays and equipment, forestry will be represented during numerous speakers presentations.
Woodlot Seminar Presentations
• Feb. 20
11 a.m. Sources of Help and Assistance for Forest Owners
David Skeval Exec. Dir. Cornell Coop. Extension, Onondaga County
1 p.m. Forest Management and Bird Habitat
Mike Burger Conservation & Science Director, Audubon New York
2 p.m. Coping With Insects That Can Destroy your Valuable Trees Kim Adams SUNY College
3 p.m. Changing Markets for Forest Products and What that Means for Woodlot Owners
Dave Prezyna, Baillie Lumber Co. Boonville NY
Love your land? Make a Plan: Beyond Estate Planning
Shorna Broussard Allred Dep’t of Natural Resources, Cornell University
11 a.m. Feral Pigs in New York and Your Woodlot
Justin Gansowski US Dept. Agriculture, Casleton NY
1 p.m. Low Impact Timber Harvesting Peter Smallidge NYS Extension Forester
2 p.m. Trying to Manage a Woodlot Affordably, Lessons Learned Carl Wiedemann
Retired Forester, NYS Dep’t of Environmental Conservation
3 p.m. Production of Timber and Livestock on the Same Land
Brett Chedzoy, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schuyler Co. NY
• Feb. 22 10 a.m.
Managing Woodlots for Multiple Products
11 a.m. Using Web Based Soils Information in Woodlot Management
Russell Briggs, Professor, SUNY College of Env. Science and Forestry
1 p.m. Portable Sawmills for the Woodlot Owner
David Williams, Mill Owner and Forest Owner, Bainbridge NY
2 p.m. Working with a Consulting Forester Art Brooks, Consulting Forester,
3 p.m. Woodlot Management and Income Taxes Hugh Canham, SUNY College of Forestry
For a list of Farm Shows throughout the country, check out www.agrimarketing.com
Hunting and Trapping
The Adirondack Conservation Council meets quarterly, usually at the Schroon lake F&G Club; next meetings Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. and May 18 at 10 a.m.
The Schroon Lake F&G Club meets the second Tuesday of each month. On Feb. 7 the cub scouts blue and gold awards will be held at the club, 6 p.m. Feb. 8 the class of 2014 is having a fund raiser dinner at the club, start at 5 p.m. Feb. 14 there is a Valentine day dance at the club; on Feb. 15 there is the memorial poker snowmobile run; and on March 1 and 2 is the annual ice fishing derby.
Registration for DEC’s four summer environmental education camps is now open! What could be better than enjoying the outdoors in the Adirondacks, southern Catskills or Western New York. Kids aged 11 to 17 years old can attend a fun-filled week at camp where they learn about the environment and engage in various outdoor activities such as shooting sports, fishing, hiking and canoeing. Campers can even take Hunter Education or Bow hunter Education courses during their stay to qualify for their sporting license.
For the first time, they are offering the Trapper Education course from Aug. 10-16 at Camp Rushford (Western NY) and from July 27-Aug. 2 at Camp Colby (Adirondacks).
Do you know a kid interested in spending time outdoors this summer? For only $350, a week at camp will become a lifetime of memories. Learn more and register at http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/29.html
• March 1, 2
Lancaster, Pennsylvania Lancaster County Convention Center
10 a.m. Ozzie Ozefovich – The Underwater World of Trout – Not Just Trout
11:30 - Joe Humphreys – Nymphing II
1 p.m. - Lefty Kreh – Taking Better Pictures
2:30 p.m. - Eric Stroup – Nymph Fishing Without an Indicator
4 p.m. - Gary Edwards – Finding and Catching Steelhead in NY
10:30 a.m. Jason Randall – Getting in the Mind of Large Trout: Catching Your Trophy
Noon - Bob Clouser – Bass – Top to Bottom
1:30 p.m. - George Daniel – Trout Lessons
3 p.m. - Bob Popovics – Saltwater Fly Fishing – Easier Than You Think
4:30 p.m. Ben Turpin – Trout Streams of Eastern PA
10:30 a.m. - Ozzie Ozefovich - The Underwater World of Trout – Not Just Trout
Noon - Joe Humphreys – Fishing the Brush
1:30 p.m. - George Daniel – Dynamic Nymphing
3 p.m. - Eric Stroup – Nymph Fishing Without an Indicator
10 a.m. - Ben Turpin – Trout Streams of Eastern PA
11:30 a.m. - Bob Clouser – Bass – Top to Bottom
1 p.m. - Lefty Kreh – Taking Better Picture
1:30 p.m. - Jason Randall – Getting in the Mind of Large Trout: Catching Your Trophy
There will also be fly tying and casting demonstrations throughout the weekend.
Rich Redman is a retired District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and an avid outdoorsman. His column will appear regularly. He may be reached at email@example.com.