Genesee Valley Landowner Workshops

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Those registered will be contacted about refunds or defering their registration to the rescheduled event, later in 2020, details TBD

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

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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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You can attend one workshop per time slot.

5:00- 6:00pm

Best practices for woodland owners on small acreages

Peter Smallidge, Cornell University

Many woodland owners have parcels that are “small” compared to other owners. These parcels are endearing to the owners, and provide many opportunities for activities to ensure they remain healthy and support the owner’s interests. This presentation will cover several simple and basic actions that owners can take to be active in the woods and enjoy the land to its fullest extent.

Silent Skies: Birds of the Genesee Valley and Backyard Solutions

Jim Kimball, SUNY Geneseo

More info to come.

Sustainable Sugarbush Management 101
Steve Childs, Cornell University

 More info to come.

6:00- 7:00pm

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

7:00- 8:00pm

Hemlock woolly adelgid and the future of hemlocks in New York

Nicholas Dietschler, Cornell University

Pests and pathogens, whether native or introduced, have been interacting with and in some cases threatening the health of our forests since there have been trees. We are now facing an increasing number of threats to our forests that will have lasting impacts on the natural world. Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an invasive insect threatening the iconic hemlock forests of the East Coast. Arriving to New York in the 1980’s HWA has continued to spread causing decline and mortality in one of our states most common and important trees, eastern hemlock. Join Nicholas Dietschler a Research Technician and graduate student with the NYS Hemlock Initiative (NYSHI) at Cornell University for a presentation on HWA, HWA management and the status of biological control in New York.

The Why and How of Creating Habitat for Pollinators

Kristi Sullivan, Cornell University

Pollinators are animals (mostly insects) that fertilize plants, resulting in seeds and fruit. Three quarters of our major food crops, and 85 percent of native plants, require this type of pollination. World-wide, pollinator populations are shrinking. Bee keepers have lost about 30% of their colonies every year since 2006. There is evidence that populations of some species of native pollinators – bees, flies, beetles, and butterflies – are declining as well. Find out why native pollinators are declining, and steps you can take around your home, and in your fields and forests, to benefit these important species. You may be rewarded with better crop or garden production, or a field full of butterflies on a warm summer day!

Conservation on Working Farms

Aaron Ristow, American Farmland Trust

More info to come.

8:15- 9:15pm

History of Forestry and the outlook for our woods.
Brice June, NYS-DEC

More info to come.

Ecological Design Techniques for Land Stewardship and Gardening

Patty Love, Barefoot Permaculture

The ethics, principles, and tools collectively sometimes called permaculture, also known as ecological design, provide us with carbon friendly solutions to integrate food production into our landscape management.  In this workshop, we'll learn how to utilize regenerative design methods to feed ourselves while also creating beautiful edible landscapes for humans and the rest of nature. 

What’s the scoop with our soil? Geology of the Genesee River basin

Dick Young, SUNY Geneseo

More info to come.