The Divide: Time for NY to Become the Resource Recovery State

"Landfills have been the talk of the town(s) the past year. Solid waste management on all levels – local, state, national and worldwide – must be taken seriously in 2018. Municipal landfills are reaching the end of their lifespans (see the city of Albany). Privately-owned dump operators are taking in more trash than they are legally permitted to accept (see Colonie/Waste Connections, Inc.). Enormous landfills (many in southern states) that take in waste shipped from out-of-state producers are filling up at a record pace. And, according to a report by Kadir van Lohuizen in The Washington Post, “The world produces more than 3.5 million tons of garbage a day – and that figure is growing.” The divide between the proposed goals set to decrease the amount of waste we produce and the actual implementation of programs to meet those goals is as deep and wide and high as Albany’s Rapp Road landfill."

State Forests over 4,000 Acres

There are 39 state forests in New York State that are more then 4,000 acres.

State Forest Acres
Frank E. Jadwin Memorial State Forest 20,576
Brasher State Forest 19,748
Lesser Wilderness State Forest 13,819
Tug Hill State Forest 12,296
Deer River State Forest 12,274
Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest 10,629
Sugar Hill State Forest 9,234
Winona State Forest 9,231
Pharsalia Woods State Forest 9,154
Charles E. Baker State Forest 9,060
Grant Powell State Forest 8,144
Danby State Forest 7,495
Titusville Mountain State Forest 7,483
Beartown State Forest 7,205
Beaver Creek State Forest 7,179
Hemlock-Canadice State Forest 6,885
Mcdonough State Forest 6,837
Stewart State Forest 6,650
Five Streams State Forest 6,371
Beaver Meadow State Forest 5,814
Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest 5,786
Sears Pond State Forest 5,704
Melondy Hill State Forest 5,657
Steam Mill State Forest 5,608
Chazy Highlands State Forest 5,538
Cuyler Hill State Forest 5,494
Shindagin Hollow State Forest 5,305
Morgan Hill State Forest 5,290
Bear Swamp State Forest 5,136
Terry Mountain State Forest 4,812
Turnpike State Forest 4,765
Lincklaen State Forest 4,629
Taylor Valley State Forest 4,610
Fall Brook State Forest 4,480
James Kennedy State Forest 4,440
Summer Hill State Forest 4,416
Wolf Lake State Forest 4,360
South Valley State Forest 4,255
Charleston State Forest 4,030
Map: Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area

Map: Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area

e primary purposes of Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is 4,689 acres in size and is located in the northwest portion of Chenango County, approximately 10 miles southwest of Sherburne. Pharsalia generally has flat or gently sloping terrain.

In 1926 Pharsalia became the first State Game Refuge purchased with Conservation Fund monies. Thousands of trees and shrubs were planted for reforestation and wildlife purposes. A 200-man Civilian Conservation Corp camp accomplished much of the work and also constructed several small ponds for waterfowl use.

Good morning! Happy Saturday. Save the Pine Bush Hike day at 9:30 at the APB Discovery Center ! Partly sunny and 19 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west-southwest breeze at 7 mph. Cold, so bundle up if you are going out with us. Claire Nolan is the hike leader, and she is vastly more interesting than me. 

Today will have a slight chance of snow showers between 11am and 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high of 29 degrees at 1pm. Seven degrees below normal. West wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. The high last year was 21 degrees. The record high of 55 was set in 1971. 9.5 inches of snow fell back in 1981.

The sun will set at 4:23 pm with dusk around 4:55 pm, which is 18 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 27 degrees. There will be a west-northwest breeze at 8 mph. Today will have 9 hours and 3 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 22 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 11 degrees at 5am. 10 degrees below normal. Maximum wind chill around 5 at 6am; Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 20 degrees. The record low of -8 occurred back in 1942.

Definitely a fairly cool morning, but so goes winter. If I didn’t have the hike or the Christmas party to go to I would still be in bed. But so be it. 

The Caneadea Chicken I made for the Christmas party was a hit but didn’t win any awards. That’s fine. I guess I am no chef. Eat way too much and ended up falling asleep when I got home, then working on some coding projects late into the night. 

Looking ahead, there are 7 weeks until The Day the Music Died when the sun will be setting at 5:12 pm with dusk at 5:41 pm. Drove the Chevy to the levy, but the levy was dry. On that day in 2017, we had cloudy skies and temperatures between 30 and 19 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 32 degrees. We hit a record high of 57 back in 2016.

Map: Toothaker Creek State Forest

Map: Toothaker Creek State Forest

Toothaker Creek State Forest covers 709 acres. The topography is very hilly with thin soils and rocky exposed ridge tops predominating. Better quality upland sites support a mixture of northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Lower quality upland sites are dominated by red oak, eastern hophornbeam, hickories, and other species adapted to droughty and nutrient poor soils. Pine and spruce plantations were established on what were formerly farm fields and pastures. Flatter ground supports open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods in seasonal flooded areas.