Genesee Valley Landowner Workshops

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Genesee Valley Conservancy and Livingston County Cooperative Extension are happy to bring you the Genesee Valley Landowner Workshops.  The Workshops are intended to provide landowners the opportunity to learn land management strategies that will assist them in reaching their land ownership goals.  Seating is limited: Register Today!

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Time: 5:00pm - 9:15pm

Cost: $25/person, includes 3 workshops and dinner

Location: Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (BOCES), 100 Lackawanna Dr., Mount Morris NY




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(Registration takes place through the Cornell website)
Registration Closes April 8th


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You can attend one workshop per time slot.

5:00- 6:00pm

Silvaculture-What it means to Manage your Woodlot

Peter Smallidge, Cornell University

Silviculture is like agriculture, but for trees.  This session will discuss how to enhance the growth of the current forest, and how to prepare to regenerate the next forest. Discussion will include basic principles of silviculture and application.

Black Bears in New York

Catherine Sun, Cornell PhD student

Catherine will talk about her research in NY since 2010 with the NYSDEC on the growing black bear population, present information on black bear ecology, current research findings, and discuss how the public can get involved through a citizen science project called iSeeMammals.

The Value of Hedgerows
Kristi Sullivan, Cornell University

Hedgerows provide valuable food and cover for wildlife, and wide hedgerows of trees and shrubs can function as corridors for wildlife from one habitat to another, while preventing erosion, soil desiccation, and nutrient runoff. We will discuss how the size and make-up of a hedgerow affects those benefits.

6:00- 7:00pm

Dinner - Sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit and veggie tray, drinks and dessert

7:00- 8:00pm

Young Forest Initiative

Mike Palermo, DEC Wildlife Biologist

Young forests have been declining throughout the northeast in recent decades and so have numerous wildlife species dependent upon them.  Young forest habitat is defined as the dense tangle of shrubs, vines, and saplings present in a regenerating forest or an old field.  This DEC program aims to increase the amount of young forest on state lands and similar methods can be implemented on private property.

Hunting Leases, A Legal Perspective

David Colligan, Colligan Law LLP

Hunting Leases can be a compatible use of forest land with timber management prescriptions. David will discuss what key points a Hunting Lease needs to have, both from the Forest Owner/Landlord’s and the Hunter/Tenant’s point of view. Specific areas to be discussed will be insurance, tree stand do’s and don’ts, posting, timber stand improvement, and food plots. 

Emerging Invasive Species in WNY

Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM

Which of the less recognizable species are poised to become the next phragmites?  Join Andrea as she presents on early detection invasive species priorities and get that much needed head start on protecting your land from these newly emerging invaders.  Early detection/rapid response is the most effective strategy for invasive species management. 

8:15- 9:15pm

45 year Management History of a Small Woodlot
John Eisenhard, Eisenhard Forestry

John will present a management history of a small 10-acre woodlot in Genesee County which he has managed over a 45 year period.  The presentation will include history of harvest decisions, harvest ramifications, and timber stand improvements.

The Wild Harvest Table

Moira Tidball, Nutrition Issue Leader, Seneca County Extension

Moira started the Wild Harvest Table program over nine years ago as a resource for people to consume wild game and fish that is safe, nutritious, and delicious.  This workshop will explore the wild game side of land ownership.

Moira is a Nutrition Issue Leader at Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension and owner/operator of Canoga Creek Farms and Conservancy on Cayuga Lake.

Particulars of Agricultural Land Leases

Steve Walker, Esq. Scolaro, Fetter, Grizanti & Mccough, P.C.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the common components of an agricultural land lease and important information that should be included in them.  Ideas for communication between farmers and landlord and understanding the pros and cons of lease particulars to meet the goals of both tenant and landlord.


 Agricultural Landowners and Farmers are invited to a special free session this year:

3C - Particulars of Agricultural Land Leases

Steve will present on sustainable agricultural leases which involve a partnership between landowner and farm operator.  Attendees will gain an understanding of the common components of an agricultural land lease and important information that should be included in them.  Ideas for communication Understanding the pros and cons of lease particulars between farmers and landowners will help meet the goals of both tenant and landlord.  Included will be topics of insurance, tax considerations, defaults, maintenance and improvements and much more. 

This presentation is provided by Landowners and Farmers Partnering for Clean Water in the Great Lakes, a project of American Farmland Trust and Cornell Cooperative Extension - Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

Admission to just this single 8:15 - 9:15pm presentation is FREE. 

**If you are attending only this workshop session, we ask that you please register with DeLisa Drum at 991-5420 (for space consideration).

You may also attend this session as part of your 3 selections for the evening, if attending the entire event.