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76% of New York State’s 18.9 million acres of forest is owned by private landowners – individuals and families. 7.1 million acres of farmland in NYS are operated by individuals or farming families. Often these lands are passed down through generations without much thought towards the future, which may lead to conversion of land to other uses, like development. Now that the average age of landowners is greater than 60 years old, the decisions landowners make about the future of their open space, forests and farms will affect the economy, aesthetics, water quality and cultures of the communities we call home. Long term planning is essential to be sure the land continues to deliver its benefits after the current landowner is no longer able to care for it.
On November 20th, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County will be hosting a workshop on land conservation opportunities from 8:30am-1:00pm at the Skaneateles United Methodist Church at 26 Jordan St. The workshop is aimed towards farm and forest landowners interested in land conservation and open space programs to help maintain the long-term goal to keep land open and working into the future.
This workshop is an introduction to organizations, agencies and programs for farm and forest land owners interested in keeping their lands open and working into the future. Speakers from the Finger Lakes Land Trust, New York Agricultural Land Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, the Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the New York State DEC will discuss land conservation easements, purchase of development rights, NYS 480 Forest Tax Law and NRCS’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Plan (ACEP). Experts will discuss the differences in these programs and your intentions for conservation to decide what is right for you, your family and your land.
There is no fee, but registration is required by contacting CCE Onondaga at 315-424-9485 ext. 232 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register online at this link: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/2015landconservation_231
Morning refreshments and a light lunch will be served.
The Maple School scheduled for Saturday, October 3 has been postponed due to low enrollment. We will try to reschedule. Stay tuned!
October 28, 2015 at 6:00PM
What better way to deal with winter than to skip it altogether? Steve Childs, Cornell Maple Specialist, will be joining us on Saturday, December 12 at 8:30 a.m. for the 2015 Onondaga County Maple School. We will be meeting at the DeWitt Community Room, 148 Sanders Creek Parkway, East Syracuse. Steve will discuss maple production for the beginner: why make maple syrup, what trees give you sweet sap, tapping, collecting sap, boiling, equipment, knowing when its finished, filtering, canning, storing and using maple syrup.
Following Steve’s talk we’ll visit a local sugar bush and hear how Steve Caccamo caught maple sugar madness! For those who wish stay for the final stop, the group will return to East Syracuse and visit Next Generation Maple Products located at 6018 Wilbur Rd. East Syracuse, NY 13057. Steve Caccamo is not only a sugar maker but also a manufacturer of maple equipment, including the backyard reverse osmosis machine, which was made available this year. Steve will talk about the manufacturing side of his business and show us what he is working on now. The day should finish around 1:30 p.m.
Google map of Next Generation Maple: https://goo.gl/maps/dFnsgSbKCWx
Cost of the workshop is $15 per person. Snacks will be provided. Field visit involves a moderate walk in possibly snowy conditions. Dress for the weather. Snow shoes may be helpful but not required.
Register online here: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/Maple2015_231 or contact Kristina Ferrare directly by phone (315) 424-9485 ext. 231 or email email@example.com.