December 2010
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For Sale
Hardwood logs on the ground (matured) - great for firewood. A stack of four-five for $800 and others on the ground (had road put in) - price negotiable. Also - pines for sale. Located in Sullivan County. Contact (914) 619-3282 or (845) 557-6230. Just say you're calling about the logs.

For Sale

Our circa. 1850's carriage house roof collapsed under last winter's snow. As a result, we have reclaimed, indigenous, hand-hewn, hard & soft wood beams and plank flooring. 30 stacked beams, easy access, up to 40 ft. long. Planks are up to 24 inches wide with some 20 ft. lengths. Asking $5.00 per board foot but willing to negotiate. Many pieces still in stack for lesser price. Located in Schoharie County, Town of Gilboa. Email Rich Syvertson or call (717) 392-3799.

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New Amsterdam Market
Catskill WoodNet took part in the New Amsterdam Market in New York City on December 5th. Five member businesses were represented.Despite the frigid temperatures, we sold almost $500 worth of Pure Catskills wood products.

New Amsterdam Market

Radio Spotlight
Interested in being interviewed about your business for Watershed Wednesdays? Contact Joshua VanBrakle to schedule a date.


Letter from the Editor

Happy Holidays !

At this festive time of year, I imagine you are looking for gifts for your friends and loved ones. This year, I'm using WoodNet for a great deal of my holiday shopping. Our WoodNet artisans make great pieces, all with character, charm, and a fantastic story. This holiday season, I encourage each of you to visit and see which WoodNet products are a perfect match for those on your gift list.

Many of you have asked me lately, "What's coming down the pike for WoodNet?" I'm pleased to announce some big, exciting changes in store for 2011. First, we are planning an overhaul of the WoodNet website including aesthetic improvements, streamlined searches and easier content posting. I will also be periodically hosting Watershed Wednesdays, a radio show airing Wednesdays from 1-2 PM on WIOX 91.3 FM out of Roxbury. The topics will be forestry and wood products, and I'm looking for wood products businesses and other forestry professionals interested in being interviewed for the show. The station streams online at, and we'll be recording and reposting the shows on the WAC and WoodNet websites as well. If you're interested in some free radio exposure and online advertising, please contact me, and we'll schedule a date.

Finally, the change I'm most excited about: a possible WoodNet online store. The store would allow members to post items for sale, and visitors could purchase them directly through the internet. Recently, the idea was unveiled to members of the Watershed Forestry Program Committee, and you can see the Overhauling Catskill WoodNet presentation and online store proposal here. To get an idea of what the store would look like, check out this online store for North Quabbin Woods.

The WoodNet store is still an idea, and we're eager for your input. We're developing a survey to learn more about local wood products businesses' awareness and skill with online shopping, shipping, and interest in selling products online. If you are a wood products business in the region, please look for this survey in January or February. Of course, informal comments and questions are always invited. If interest is high, we hope to have the store operational in time for the 2011 holiday shopping season.

Wishing all of you a joyous holiday season!
Joshua VanBrakle

Wood Products Utilization and Marketing Specialist

Watershed Agricultural Council Forestry Program

(607) 865-7790 ext. 112

[email protected]

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Workshop Sponsorships Available

Attention Primary Wood Products Processors!
The State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) is conducting a
Kiln Drying Workshop.

January 10-13th, 2011, in Syracuse, NY.
This workshop will help you learn more about kiln drying in order to better control your drying costs and product quality. It will also provide tips for better managing of drying and lumber handling. The workshop is designed for both new and experienced kiln operators.

The registration cost listed for this workshop is $445, but the Watershed Agricultural Council's Forestry Program is offering registration fee reimbursement of $445 to any Catskill area wood-products business attending the workshop.

To receive your reimbursement following the workshop, submit a copy of your registration information and proof of workshop attendance to:

Joshua D. VanBrakle
Watershed Agricultural Council
33195 State Highway 10
Walton, NY 13856
Phone: 607-865-7790 ext. 112
Fax: 607-865-4932

Travel and lodging costs must be paid by the business. Registration covers all breakfasts and lunches as well as dinner on Monday, January 10th.

Hurry!  Early registration ends Wednesday, December 22nd.

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Catskill WoodNet and the Pure Catskills branding campaign are economic initiatives of the Watershed Agricultural Council. The Watershed Agricultural Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to support the economic viability of agriculture and forestry through the protection of water quality and the promotion of land conservation in the New York City Watershed region. The WAC is supported by the U.S. Forest Service, The New York City Environmental Protection, U.S.D.A and other sources. The Watershed Agricultural Council is an equal opportunity employer and provider.