Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Trees with Gary Mead – Sycamore

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

Every 3rd Wednesday we talk to Gary Mead about a different tree found in or near the Catskill Mountains. Every tree is different, and there is always something unique & special we find out about it. On Jan. 21 we’ll be discussing the SYCAMORE tree. Sycamore – also known as button-ball – can be seen near streams and flood-plains. It is a large tree with beautiful, light-colored, camouflage bark. Gary will tell us his experiences with the SYCAMORE tree in his mill or his art.

Gary Mead is the owner of Fruitful Furnishings. Fruitful Furnishings began in 1979 as a custom furniture shop. Within ten years, a sawmill was added for producing dimension parts and providing custom sawing, planing, and kiln drying services to customers wishing to furnish their homes with wood from their own trees. More recently, Gary has added Gary Mead Gallery – located at the mill-site – which showcases one-of-a-kind pieces made from wood. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ to learn more.

It may be too cold for porch-sitting, but it’s been great for working outside; been cutting down trees for enhancing wildlife habitat recently. Now is a good time to drop some tops and feed the deer, shelter some grouse or rabbits. Cut some red maples down a couple of days ago and some sap dripped out; not enough to fill a bucket or anything. Soon enough, maple sugaring season will be upon us.

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