Cornell Agroforestry Centre and the Siuslaw Model Forest
Cornell Agroforestry Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties plays an essential role in conservation and protection of the landscape in the Northern Catskills and Hudson Valley region of the United States. They work in partnership with many other agencies and organizations to educate the public and policymakers about issues that impact the natural world.
Core areas of the Centre’s conservation, research and services are:
- Forests & Agroforests: providing a variety of educational programs that focus on forests, including instruction on sustainably managing forests, as well as growing crops in the shade of the forest canopy.
- Water Resources: water-related programs include watershed education, stream explorations and promotion of good land stewardship to protect water quality.
- Invasive Species: an active member of the Catskill Region Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), the Centre works with the New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse to spread awareness of this threat to the native landscape.
- Healthy Home Environments: offering workshops and training on home energy conservation in partnership with the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, and providing guidance on improving indoor air quality, lead abatement and other home environment issues.
Situated on the edge of the Catskill Mountain range the 142 acre Siuslaw Model Forest is the newest addition to the New York City Watershed Model Forest Programme. The forest is managed by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County and part of the Agroforestry Center. Along with other model forest projects in the region, the Siuslaw forest is the site for various research activities associated with the relationship between forest management activities and water quality in the valley.
There has never been a nocturnal Lepidoptera (moth) survey/research formally conducted in the Siuslaw Model Forest, and so the Bug Cinema project will humbly initiate this act ‘creatively’ for the very first time (albeit, on a small scale). The project endeavours to make a small contribution to revealing the species diversity of moths in this ecosystem, and hopefully (as a legacy) this might be a catalyst for future in-depth research by Cornell entomologists and ecologists.