50th anniversary celebrated by New York Forest Owners Association

The New York Forest Owners Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary by launching the “Restore New York Woodlands” campaign.

The RNYW campaign includes many initiatives to address the threats to our future forests. The Allegheny Foothills Chapter of the New York Forest Owners Association is inviting the public to join them for an informative and fun walk in a local woodlot.

The walk will be led by Master Forest Owner Volunteers affiliated with Cornell Cooperative Extension and will include information on tree identification, wetlands, wildflowers, wildlife and other related topics.

The important contributions of forests to air and water quality will be discussed, as well as their impact on the state’s economy. Participants will also hear about the many threats facing the future forest, including invasive plants and insects, climate change, destruction of the young forest by excessive deer populations in some areas, and the degradation that can result from unsustainable harvesting practices.

The AFC woodswalk will be held on May 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at Bill Dorman’s property, accessed from 8283 Shumla Road, Cassadaga. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided beginning at 8:30 a.m. Participants are invited to bring a lunch (drinks will be provided) and enjoy it on the property after the walk.

Families are encouraged to attend; please provide adult supervision for your children. Attendance is free, but call Bill at 640-4305 so he can plan for parking, guides, drink, etc.