In Spring 2003 the
SUNY-ESF SAF student chapter, with the support of generous donations, planted
over 900 sugar maple seedlings at the Svend O. Heiberg Memorial Forest, located near Tully,
OUTREACH: It is our continuing
hope that we will not only grow trees, but future foresters and concerned
citizens. We coordinated our initial planting efforts with a group of local third
graders to interest them in the value and techniques of forestry. We
welcome questions, comments, and visits from area educators.
EDUCATION: The Memorial Grove provides students with an opportunity to
practice their field skills through planning and execution of their own
planting project. SAF members work with faculty to purchase seedlings,
reduce mortality, and manage impacts from local deer and rodent
populations. The Grove continues to serve as an outdoor
classroom for all SUNY-ESF students.
Memorial Grove Supporters that helped make
this project a success. For more information about contributions, please
Fall 2006: Seedlings were inventoried and flagged
where needed. Some were weeded; additional weeding will
occur in the spring during planting.
Spring Cleaning, inventory, health assessment, and stake
sprucing on May 6. This time the weather was with us,
making this a very nice break from studying and final exams.
Fall 2005: A plaque thanking Memorial Grove
supporters was hung in Bray Hall, northeast of the Rotunda.
The base of the plaque was made on campus by Dr. Bill Smith, Faculty of Wood Products Engineering.
Please click on "Thank you" to the left to visit our web-based
Left: Plaque on display in Bray Hall.
Above top: Enlarged view of Plaque top. Above bottom:
Enlarged view of label in lower right corner. Visit
Memorial Grove Supporters for a complete list of
Fall 2005: On October 8, we continued
installation of tree tubes with the assistance of the
First Year students. The weather was dreadful, but
everyone pitched in to get the job done, and done well.
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Spring 2005: On May 7, additional sugar maple
were planted, and tree tubes were installed around a subset of
trees in the next round of ESF-SAF v. the herbivores.
Additional tubes will be installed at a later late. We
thank Mike Farrell, Cornell Cooperative Extension, for the the
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Fall 2004: On October 16, the 614 remaining
seedlings were mulched. The mulch
is intended to suppress weeds around the individual seedlings,
with lower risk to them than an herbicide treatment. Unfortunately, sugar maple seedlings are sensitive to many of
the chemical treatments that would most successfully control
their competition. As they get taller, we will have a
greater variety of options for their maintenance. With our
volunteer labor force (thank you, First Year students!),
borrowed buckets and wheelbarrows (thank you, Forest
Properties!), donated mulch (Thank you, Willow Biomass Project!), we were able to try
this treatment for the cost of cider and donuts. We would
also like to thank Dick Schwab and the Forest Properties staff
for transporting the mulch from the Genetics Field Station to
Heiberg Memorial Forest. Herbivores remain a threat, and
the Memorial Grove Committee continues to look into this.
Clockwise, from top left: Erick and Jessie,
Katie Wallace, ?, Mike Cargill and Nan Davis; Coraline Falco and
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On April 28, 2004, SAF members returned to the
Memorial Grove for maintenance
and replanting. Seedlings from 2003 were staked and replaced where necessary.
The stakes for 2004 and 2003 seedlings are differentiated by color to simplify
future inventories. The biggest danger facing the seedlings remains deer browse;
different methods of protection, including tree tubes and herbicides, are being
Top, from left: Troy Townsend; row placement; look at the growth!
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Spring 2003: The Memorial Grove site at Heiberg Forest is ~3 acres and large
enough to expand in subsequent years. Volunteers began placement of flags to
planting of seedlings on April 26, 2003. Planting occurred May 3 prior to the
annual SAF BBQ, and continued May 9 with the assistance of local school
children. The Committee continues to work with Dick Schwab, Forest Properties,
and Chuck Maynard, Faculty of Forest and Natural Resource Management, on cost-effective
means to deter local herbivores. Mr. Schwab
has graciously offered his assistance in site preparation by administering
an herbicide treatment (tbd), as well as the assistance of Forest Properties
staff to mow between rows.
Clockwise from top left: Dr. Germain and Nick Parker
measuring rows; Kathy Roberts starts the rows off right; ?; help from the
local community; Amanda daSilva and Janine Fabian take a rest.