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"WoodNet e-newsletter bulletin board." To save space and to allow for multiple items, please limit submissions
to 150 characters.
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Have an item you'd like to see in the Catskill WoodNet news?
Submit your ideas for
links to stories, articles, or even your own article for consideration! Any topic on wood products may be
considered. Send submissions to Josh
with the subject line
"WoodNet e-newsletter topic".
Mid-Hudson Woodworkers Show|
Mid-Hudson Woodworkers will hold its Fourth Annual Woodworking Show on
Saturday, September 25, at the Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley, NY 12443,
from 10 AM to 5 PM. See displays
of their members' work, including furniture, boxes, bowls, carving, guitars and artistic pieces. They will have demonstrations by local
craftsmen in wood turning, scroll saw, and hand tool use. They will hold a free "Children's
Workshop" where each child can make a birdhouse to take home. They also
have wooden cars as gifts for younger children. There will be a raffle of
selected woodworking items and a sale of gift items.
Admission is $3, free to children under the age of 12.
Belleayre Mountain Fall Festival
Mountain will hold its 31st Annual Fall Festival at Overlook Lodge of Belleayre
Mountain on Saturday - Sunday, October 9-10 from 10 AM to 5 PM. Vendor applications are still being accepted
. Last year,
approximately 10,000 people visited this two-day event. For more information, see the links
below or contact Alexandra Jarrette Sines at (845)254-5600 ext. 2474.
Letter from the Editor|
Letter from the Editor,|
Catskill WoodNet members and all recipients of this newsletter:
name is Joshua VanBrakle, and I recently joined the staff of the Watershed
Agricultural Council replacing Collin Miller as WAC's Wood Products Utilization
and Marketing Specialist. I know
that many of you had excellent working relationships with my predecessor, and
it is my hope that I will get to know each of you better and offer my support
to the forest products industry, an industry I consider a critical component of
maintaining, and even improving, forest and water quality.
received my Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Economics and Policy in 2008
from Lebanon Valley College, and my Master's Degree in Forest Resource
Management in 2010 from SUNY - College of Environmental Science and
Forestry. The research for my
master's degree focused on the role of forest management plans in promoting
Best Management Practices and sustained yield management on family
forests. Prior to joining the
staff of here, I worked for the Pennsylvania
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in their Bureau of Forestry,
examining silvicultural practices for conifers on state forestland. I also served for two years as
the contracted Model Forest Coordinator for the Watershed Agricultural Council
Model Forest Program, and in addition acted as a teaching assistant for a
course in Natural Resource Managerial Economics at SUNY-ESF.
My philosophy on
forestry is that while "preserving forests" sounds noble, truly protecting the
majority of forests requires their responsible use. While many may equate
"forest" with public land, in reality most "forest" is owned by private
individuals holding relatively small acreages. These landowners face real
costs, from property taxes to medical bills to sending their children to
college, and they can only hold onto their forestland if they can satisfy these
costs. Without diverse and robust markets for forest products, landowners
may be forced to parcelize their land into small pieces (often developed into
vacation homes), or high-grade their woods to get whatever short term-value
they can. If we want to counter these negative outcomes and keep forest
as forest, the entrepreneurial spirit that defines America should be put to use
in developing markets that allow for the sustainable use of forestland.
In my position at WAC, I hope to promote a wide range of forest markets,
including not only traditional wood products but new and even experimental
markets such as woody biomass, ecosystem services and non-timber products like
maple syrup, mushrooms and ginseng.
that end, I dedicate this issue of the Catskill WoodNet News to all forest-products
entrepreneurs. To celebrate these individuals I invite you to check out the University of
Kentucky's Cooperative Extension Service's five-page list of wood products, from tables to toothpaste. The tireless efforts of our forest-products industry provides a remarkable
diversity of products and services that nearly all Americans use every single
day. I look forward to
working with each of you, and I hope you will find this newsletter informative
and useful in your pursuits.
Products Utilization and Marketing Specialist
Agricultural Council Forestry Program
ext. 112[email protected]
Products Made from Wood|
In 2002 the University of Kentucky's Cooperative Extension published this
five-page list of wood products from tool handles to hair spray.
Regional Wood Products Consortium Hosts Specialized Innovation Workshops
Regional Wood Products Consortium hosted two workshops in a series for wood
products businesses in May and June 2010.
Three Catskill WoodNet businesses participated in these workshops, which
included "Developing New Marketing Strategies" and "Making Effective Use of Technological Advances."
Just for Fun - Forest Service Tech Tip
Need a large animal carcass removed? In this 1995 U.S. Forest Service Tech Tip, the agency's
Technology and Development Program discusses a method for eliminating those
pesky carcasses once and for all.