Tompkins County has a looming question. There over 550 acres of county owned forest in the towns of Newfield and Caroline, but about 300 acres of this have an abnormal ecology for the area. They’re filled with red pine trees planted back in the 1930s and these trees are beginning to fail and fall over.

We speak with David Weinstein, a forester and scientist, who is a member of the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council, or the EMC. An advisory committee to the Tompkins County Legislature, the EMC is preparing policy recommendations for how to manage these forests.

Weinstein explains how the forests came to be, and the various strategies for managing them. In addition, he explains the process the EMC is following for crafting an advisory “policy road map” for the county, as well as the timeline they’re on.

This piece originally aired on June 25th, 2019
Produced by Jimmy Jordan

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