August 2011  
EAB Update

The nasty green beetle that loves to kill ash trees is once more on the move. In addition to Greene and Ulster Counties, which were already under quarantine, an  EAB find at West Point has extended the quarantine zone to include Orange County. DEC has posted an updated map with EAB quarantine zones and infestation sites identified. For a review of EAB regulations, please see this article from Ethan Angell of NYS Department of Ag and Markets, originally published in the October 2010 issue of Catskill WoodNet News. Let's all do our part to slow the spread of this destructive pest!  

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Letter from the Editor

This is one of those "good news, bad news" kind of issues. This month, Catskill WoodNet News congratulates one of its own, Jake Rosa, for winning the Northeastern Loggers' Association's 2010 Outstanding Logging Operator Award. We've also uncovered a potential source of loans for small businesses in the forestry sector, an industry that historically has a tough time raising capital. On the negative side, though, Emerald Ash Borer is rearing its ugly green head as it expands its territory in eastern New York.  

Take care,

  Joshua VanBrakle

Wood Products Utilization and Marketing Specialist

Watershed Agricultural Council Forestry Program

(607) 865-7790 ext. 112

[email protected] 

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Arkville Logger, WoodNet Member Wins Regional Award


The Northeastern Loggers' Association (NELA)  recently honored Catskill WoodNet member Jake Rosa and Dry Brook Custom Sawmilling and Logging of Arkville, NY with its 2010 Outstanding Logging Operator Award. In addition to his highly demanding profession, Jake still finds time to represent his industry by serving on the Forestry Committee at the Watershed Agricultural Council, on the Board of Directors at the Catskill Forest Association, and as an active member of the Empire State Forest Products Association and Catskill WoodNet. Congratulations, Jake! 

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Loans for Green Businesses  

As the economy crawls along, it's no secret that lending has tightened up, making it harder for small businesses to secure the capital they need to expand. This is especially true in forest products, which have very different business plans from what traditional banks are used to recieving. If you're looking for a loan and banks are being stingy, consider the nonprofit ShadeFund, a project of The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. ShadeFund provides loans ranging from $5,000-$50,000, with most under $20,000. According to its website, "Green entrepreneurs who work with sustainable forestry and forest products, small farms, eco-tourism, natural food and medicines, and small-scale renewable energy production can apply for a ShadeFund loan." 


Free T-shirt and Baseball Hat to TLC Loggers at NYS Woodsmen's Field Days in Boonville, NY, August 19-21   


Visit the Trained Logger Certification (TLC) booth in the Kiwanis Building during the 2011 NYS Woodsmen's Field Days (August 19-21), show a valid TLC wallet card, and receive a free TLC t-shirt and baseball hat. Look for the TLC logo. 

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