Shiitake log: painting over shiitake spawn in newly innoculated log with food-grade wax; hands on, cultivation,
Image by Jennifer Stengle

Drilling holes in oak logs prior to inoculating with shiitake spawn

"On the Path Through Inwood Hill Park" by Barry Solow
Image by Barry Solow

Putnam's forest are primarily hardwood (Oak, Maple, Ash, Black Cherry, Hickory and more)

"Promise of Heat" by OliBac
Image by OliBac

Firewood, split and stacked

Shiitake Logs in Laying Yard
Image by Steve Gabriel

Shiitake bolts fruiting in laying yard


Private forest owners in New York control a dominant portion of the state’s landscape. These forest-owning families and private citizens manage 85% of the forested land in the state and thus approximately 50% of the total land in New York. Private forest owners, through their wise decisions and actions support natural resources, communities, and the economy when they:

• Develop stewardship or forest management plans for long-term forest conservation
• Conduct timber sales using best management practices
• Ensure the long-term maintenance of forest cover
• Enhance wildlife habitat through forest thinning, forest regeneration, or forest
• Control invasive species that become established on their property
• Work together with members of groups such as the New York Forest Owners, or
other landowner associations, to educate the public about the values and
benefits of owning forest land.

ForestConnect helps forest owners by providing them with educational resources to help make decisions about the management of their property. Forest owners can

• Learn about educational workshops offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension or
partner organizations
• Register on-line for many CCE educational workshops
• Download fact sheets and publications
• Find a trained forest-owner volunteer, a Master Forest Owner, who will make a
free visit to your property
• Review frequently asked questions
• Find a CCE educator near them or their property
• Suggest research topics that can be considered within the research process of the
Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station
• View Powerpoint presentations from many previous workshops
• Subscribe to a controlled email list for announcements and updates


Jennifer Lerner
Senior Resource Educator
845-278-6738 ext. 216

Last updated November 25, 2019