Got Trees? Woodlot Group to Host Sessions at New York Farm Show

Woodlot professionals who attend the New York Farm Show can learn some useful information from the New York Forest Owners Association seminars.

During the New York Farm Show starting Thursday, February 23, the New York Forest Owners Association will hold three days of seminars for woodlot professionals at the “Got Trees? Get More from Your Woodlot: Learn More, Earn More” event.

“My overall objective in the seminars has been to meet the needs of family forest owners in New York State,” said Hugh Canham, speaker and event organizer for the event. The majority of New York’s 18.5 million acres of forest land are owned by individuals in plots averaging 60 acres, but as few as five or up to 500 or 600 acres.

“(Forest owners are) interested in a wide variety of things,” Canham explained. “Some people really don’t know what they want to do with their lands. Some people have had a timber sale or have been approached by a logger — some people want to go hunting or skiing on their land.”

Presentations are scheduled every hour with speakers talking for approximately 40 minutes, leaving time for audience questions. On Friday, a legal professional will cover the rights and responsibilities of a forest owner, and also touch upon general things to give attendees an awareness of the business of property ownership.

Foresters will also discuss how woodlot owners can determine how much of a woodlot’s timber is recoverable and marketable. This session will also cover methods of calculating how much lumber, pulpwood or firewood is available from woodlots.

Closing the three-day seminar, Canham will host a talk on income tax considerations. He’ll cover the differences between ordinary income and capital gains. Other tax topics he’ll cover include expensing considerations and active versus  passive management considerations regarding timber sales.

Canham said the sessions will highlight the importance of speaking with woodlot professionals, professional consulting foresters or experts from state agencies or universities. Such communication is important for forest land to stay healthy and owners can achieve a fair market sale.

Another topic at the woodlot session: deer hunting. Canham explained that permitting deer hunting requires forestry care, but also can act in concert with responsible forest management.

“If you want to have deer on your property, that’s something you can manage for,” he said. “However, if you’re not careful, you can have too many deer and they will eat down the reproduction so that you won’t have the desirable tree species that you’d want there.”

The New York Farm Show will be held at the Syracuse Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York, February 23-25.