Tonight’s Show: John Blish from Mountain Valley

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM

From the Forest will be interviewing John Blish. John is the owner of MOUNTAIN VALLEY that offers services in firewood, landscaping, site-work, snow removal, and dumpsters. We’ll ask John what it’s like owning & running a business in these Catskill Mountains, among other things. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ to learn more.

Man has it been mild outside! I’ve burned hardly any wood; not really complaining about that though. However, it probably isn’t very good for deer hunting. Between the loud gunshots and warmer temperatures, deer seem to be more prone to move while it’s dark. Well, that’s hunting. Speaking of hunting, it does seem that the last two winters have had an effect on the Catskills deer population. Many of you are probably aware of how much I stress there being a food source and good quality habitat to support a healthy deer herd above anything else. I believe these hard winters, coupled with poor quality deer habitat will continue to have a significant effect on the herd. I feel deer hunting will only become more difficult into the future, unless we start to manage our forests better. You might ask, doesn’t less deer translate into healthier forests and meet CFA’s goal of healthy forests? No, not necessarily. Fewer deer living in a maturing forest can still keep up with the few plants that survive & grow in the forest understory. In other words, need to “cut, burn, and shoot” to help both future flora & fauna. CBS.

May the forest be with you,
Ryan Trapani
Education Forester
Catskill Forest Association

“From the Forest” is a radio show hosted by the Catskill Forest Association (CFA) each Wednesday evening from 6PM – 7PM on WIOX ROXBURY 91.3 FM. WIOX is an FCC licensed full power Class A radio station assigned to Roxbury NY. The station began broadcasting on August 27, 2010. WIOX is a community partner of WSKG Public Media. Live and local programs are produced by a staff of more than 85 community volunteers. The signal is sent from the studios at the former Masonic Lodge on Bridge Street in Roxbury – the heart of the Catskill Mountains region – to the world... at 91.3 FM, via the internet ( and on your smartphone (download the free iPhone app or use TuneIn).