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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rick and Cyndee Smith of Port Allegany host NCFLA woodswalk

Rick and Cyndee Smith of Port Allegany host NCFLA woodswalk
The North Central Landowners Association (NCFLA), whose purpose is to provide information, exchange of ideas, and to educate its members and others about the methods and benefits of proper forest management, held a woodswalk at the Rick and Cyndee Smith tree-farm on Sunday, September 26, from 1 to 4 PM. Some of the subjects covered were: garden ponds, spring development, game cameras, wildlife, fruit tree growing and pruning and hardwood tree planting.

Rick Smith started with a brief introduction of his background and to how he obtained his forest land.

He then discussed how the spring that supplies both his house and his pond was developed. Rick and Cyndee described how the pond was constructed, how the water is supplied and recirculated. Also included in the discussion were: plumbing details, pond maintenance, and the fish in the pond. Cyndee talked about the flowers and other plantings around the circumference of the pond.

Rick showed his collections of game cameras, explained their capabilities and how he uses them. He also gave useful information on their reliability, cost and important features. Rick then discussed the construction of his clever, home made “stump” and how he uses it to conceal game cameras. After the discussion of the cameras themselves, he then showed a fascinating film strip that combined some of his favorite movies that he took over the past 2-3 years. This movie included bears, turkeys deer, coyotes, porcupines and raccoons.

The apple orchard tour demonstrated Rick's hard won experiences with the planting and pruning of apple trees and using an electrified fence to protect the trees from wildlife. He also showed the spraying equipment techniques that he uses to protect the trees from insects and diseases.

The attendees were then transported by utility all terrain vehicles, supplied by various members of the NCFLA, to Rick's hardwood tree planting. Here, the tree's health were discussed and different methods of protecting trees from wildlife were presented. Rick professed the belief that the size of the planting hole was the most important factor in growing healthy trees. To this end, he adroitly demonstrated the use of an auger to dig a hole to plant trees and explained the use of good soils to promote healthy tree growth.

At the end of the presentations and demonstrations, Rick and Cyndee Smith served a delicious meal of meatball sandwiches, vegetables, chips and lots of cookies.

Any one interested learning more about the NCFLA and its activities or joining the NCFLA can contact Verda Knowlton at 814-544-7375, Tim Pierson at 814-887-5613 or visiting the NCFLA website at


Anonymous said...

Looks like they are ready to push her in the pond. Too much talking?

Anonymous said...

Cyndee and Rick you back yard is beautiful!! Rhonda B.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Cyndee!!!