Managing private woodlots in light of invasions from non-native insects and plants and an Introduction to the Master Forest Owner Volunteer Program resources available in WNY.

As invasive pests continue to emerge as threats on our landscape, learn with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) and local partners about tools to improve your woodlot management.   The workshop will provide an overview of resources available to landowners through the Master Forest Owner (MFO) Program and an introduction to woodlot forest pest threats and their significance.  These two topics will be covered by Emily Staychock with the CCE MFO Program.

Andrea Locke with WNY PRISM will cover invasive plants that occur in forests and forest/ag land edges, with a focus on control options.

Allen Young from Erie County Soil & Water District (SWCD) will discuss applying Agricultural Environmental Management principles to your woodlot and how this relates to other programs available to landowners through the District and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).   The final portion of the workshop will be a 30-minute woods walk (weather permitting) with Erie County Forester, Shane Daley, looking at some of the management considerations discussed on the Erie County Forest property.

This workshop is organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Forest Owner (MFO) Volunteer Program.   The MFO program trains woodland owners in the principles of forest stewardship and aims to help them become better managers of their own woodlands.  These trained MFOs then motivate other woodland owners to become more actively involved in their forestland.

The WNY PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) was formed to combat the spread of both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species and mitigate associated threats by providing region-wide coordination for invasive species monitoring and management. Its mission is to proactively identify, evaluate and address invasive species priorities in western New York using a coordinated partnership.  SWCDs facilitate forest resource assessments through the Agricultural Environmental Management program focused on forest management for healthy, well-managed forests to protect soil and water resources, reduce the impacts of exotic species and provide valuable economic benefit to farm operations.

The workshop is open to all interested private woodlot managers targeting those who also manage agricultural lands and agency personnel that work with these land managers.

This workshop will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon (registration and refreshments at 9:30) at the Visitor’s Center at the Erie County Parks Bureau of Forestry, intersection of Genesee Road and Warner Gulf Road in East Concord.

Please contact Emily Staychock with Cornell Cooperative Extension with questions:; (315) 536-5123 ext. 4127.

To register for this free event please visit, or call Emily Staychock. Registration requested by Friday, Dec. 9. For persons with disabilities requiring accommodations, please contact Emily by Tuesday,  Dec. 6.

Additional related workshops will be planned in 2017, this information will be posted on the CCE Erie ( or Master Forest Owner ( sites as it becomes available.