Why care about aquatic macroinvertebrates?  

By Cynthia Tait, Forest Service Regional Aquatics Ecologist, Intermountain Region

Our Creek? We Thought We Didn't Have Any Fish! 

We didn't think our creek had any fish because a section goes dry every summer. But looks are deceiving. Recently scientists conducting field surveys in our area, confirmed that we do have trout. While it might not look like it, this is a Class I stream, and as such, certain rules and regulations apply. As a private landowner, I believe it is important to support the health of this creek. In addition to other factors, this means not logging directly next to it. Unfortunately, though, years ago, I made the mistake of clearing small spindly Grand firs and hemlocks within a ten-foot margin of the stream bed.

Chainsaw Basics, Part 2: How to safely fell a small tree. 

Event Date: 
Sun, 06/14/2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Chainsaw Basics, Part 2: How to safely fell a small tree.

The main points covered in class 1 will be reviewed first, then we'll head into the woods for a lesson in proper felling techniques. Topics covered will include planning before you cut, the must-do safety check, reactive forces, and directional felling. This class is open to students from Chainsaw Basics, workshop #4 only.
The Extension Forestry Program at UConn announces a year-long series of workshops for woodland owners and nature lovers. Welcome to Workshop #4 and Workshop #5: Chainsaw Basics for Women Only.

Chainsaw Basics, Part 1: Safety and maintenance. 

Event Date: 
Thu, 06/04/2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Chainsaw Basics, Part 1:Safety and maintenance.

In this class, you will learn about the parts of the chainsaw, personal protective equipment (PPE), the all-important safety check, routine maintenance, and how to properly file the saw.

Class size is limited to 10 students. If you own your own PPE and chainsaw, please bring both to the class. If not, several chainsaws will be on hand to share. Part 2 (workshop #5) will include heading into the field to fell a small tree. You must take class 1 to be part of class 2.

Protecting What You Drink 

Guest post by Bethany Keene

“Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” – Norman Maclean

Land and water. We always talk about them together, but why?