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December 05, 2016
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‘Goods from the Woods’ at Grey Towers; chestnut restoration project featured

The New Jersey Forestry Department guides children in the use of a crosscut saw, one of many hands-on activities for youngsters to enjoy during the Festival of Wood in Milford, PA.

The project was funded largely by the Tennessee Tree Improvement Program, which also provided labor. Other partners include the Milford Experimental Forest, the Pinchot Institute, Grey Towers, USFS Northeast Research Station, USFS Northeastern State and Private and the Schocopee Hunt Club, which helped to plant the chestnuts.

More chestnut information will be available during the festival at an exhibit staffed by ACF.
The festival theme this year is “Goods from the Woods,” with unique wood crafts, children’s activities, chainsaw carvings, educational exhibits, live woodland wildlife, films, tree pruning demonstrations, music created with wood and much more offered.

A collaborative effort of the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers, the Grey Towers Heritage Association, the Pocono Arts Council and several other community partners, the Festival is held on the estate of Gifford Pinchot, who founded and served as first chief of the Forest Service.

“What better place to enjoy and learn about all the things the forest provides us than at the home of Gifford Pinchot, the man who introduced scientific forestry to America more than a hundred years ago,” said Lori McKean, Visitor Services program manager at Grey Towers. “Where else can you come out for the day and buy a nice wooden bowl, watch a log turn into lumber, see a stump turned into a carving, learn how to prune a tree, become a land steward, get up close to forest wildlife, hear free music, make children’s crafts, see Smokey Bear and walk through all three floors of the historic mansion? There is no charge for parking and no charge to enter the grounds; it’s a great, family-friendly community event.”

The festival is held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 4 and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 5. For a schedule of events or more information, call 570/296-9630 or email greytowers@fs.fed.us. Festival programs and site maps are available at www.greytowers.org.

The 2012 Festival of Wood

• Unique woodcrafts and art will be exhibited, sold and demonstrated. One-of-a-kind pieces include wood furniture, pipe boxes, sawdust folk art, wooden snowflakes, wood turning, Shaker boxes, wooden bowls, hand-carved sculpture and brooms.

• Children’s activities will include toys and games featuring wood and wood products. Live wildlife programs are offered each day. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl will visit.

• Educational exhibits and handouts will be provided by a variety of organizations and agencies. Topics include reintroducing the American chestnut, education for forest landowners, U.S. Forest Service wood technology initiatives, invasive insects in the forest, clean water and forests and more.

• Free music with wooden instruments will be provided each day, including traditional acoustic, fiddles and folk tunes.

• All three floors of the historic Grey Towers mansion are open; a $5 fee is required.