January 2013    
Letter from the Editor


I don't normally do a January e-news, but there's so much going on, I just couldn't wait! This time around, I have three bottom-line boosting opportunities for Catskills wood products companies: free logs, a pair of business planning workshops featuring a stellar presenter, and an updated Catskills Wood Products Directory


All the best,
   Joshua VanBrakle

Wood Products Utilization and Marketing Specialist

Watershed Agricultural Council Forestry Program

(607) 865-7790 ext. 112

logsFree Logs


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has logs collected during Hurricane Sandy cleanup. Sorted at Floyd Bennett Naval Field in New York City, these logs are available free to companies. You can pick them up to take to your mill, or, if you have a portable mill, you can bring it and saw on site. You'll need a compliance agreement if you don't already have one since this is in NYC and Asian Longhorned Beetle is present there. APHIS and Ag & Markets are willing to work with companies to get those agreements to clear out logs faster. USACE is giving the logs away; they just want them gone. They're even willing to negotiate costs to avoid sending the logs to landfills (i.e., you could potentially get paid to saw up this wood). Anyone interested should contact James T. Robb of USACE by cell phone at (916) 397-9421.

workshopsBusiness Planning Workshops

A business planning workshop featuring Raymond Belanger of Fish Park Consulting, an expert in rural small business development. Ray will walk you through the steps to writing a business plan and provide you a template to get you started. For TLC loggers, the workshop is worth a full continuing education credit.


Who: Though tailored for farmers and loggers, the material will be applicable to any food or wood products business.

When: 4-9 PM on both Wednesday, Feb. 6th and Thursday, Feb. 7th (The same workshop will be held each evening, so you only need to attend one)

Where: The Delaware County eCenter in Delhi (6th) and the Agroforestry Resource Center in Acra (7th). If you need directions to either venue, please email Bridget Hanley.

How much: $20 per person; dinner is included.

How to register: Email Marilyn Wyman  of Columbia/Greene County CCE or call 518-622-9820, ext. 36.

Be sure to register early! Space for both workshops is limited and will fill up quickly!


directoryCatskill Wood Products Directory Update

Many of you likely received a letter in the mail from us about our Wood Products Directory. This is a listing of Catskills wood products businesses, mostly intended for business-to-business networking (to help woodworkers find local mills, to help mills identify potential customers, etc.). We're updating that directory with new contact information. Please help us by completing the letter and sending it back to us. If you're a Catskills wood-using business that didn't get a letter but want to be included in the directory, email Josh VanBrakle, and he can send you a copy to fill out.


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