Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Northeastern Forest Products Expo

Northeastern Forest Products Expo-Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen, NY will host the Forest Products Equipment Expo on Friday April 3 and Saturday April 4. Loggers, lumbermen, foresters and woodland owners from the region will meet manufacturers and dealers face-to-face and see machinery and other products first-hand. Sponsored by the Northeastern Loggers Association. 9:00am to 5:00pm on Friday and 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturday. Admission is $7 at the door.

Welcome to the Northeastern Forest Products Expo Educational Seminars at Watkins Glen International Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension and The New York Forest Owner’s Association $10 Admission per half day session will go to the “Log a Load for Kids Program”. Started in South Carolina in 1988, "Log A Load for Kids" has grown to include 24 states. In 1997, Log A Load raised more than $2 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, making it CMN’s fastest growing national donor and the seventh largest contributor. 100% of the money raised remains with the local participating Children’s Miracle Network hospital, or the hospital of the donor’s choosing.

Friday afternoon events, April 3rd: 1:30-4:30pm

Invasive Species and Their Impact on Our Forests

■ Session 1: “Interfering Plants”
Dr. Peter Smallidge - NYS Extension Forester for Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Dr. Smallidge has conducted a variety of experiments dealing with the ecology and
control of different invasive plants at Cornell University’s Arnot Forest. Come
hear the latest on his findings.

■Session 2: “Major New Insect Threats”
Jason Denham – Entomologist - NYS DEC Division of Lands and Forests. A variety
of invasive insects threaten the future of our northeastern forests. Come and
hear the latest about Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, the Asian Longhorned
Beetle, and others, including quarantine protocols.

■Session 3: “New Paradigms for Dealing with Invasives”
Dr. Ralph Nyland – Distinguished Service Professor in Silviculture, SUNY College of
Environmental Science and Forestry. Dr. Nyland will present his perspectives on
invasives and their impacts on the ecology, management, and integrity of
northeastern forests.

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