Our horticulture educator at CCE-Broome just confirmed jumping oak gall as the culprit for a sample of damaged white oak leaves that were submitted for diagnosis. If you have white oak in your woodlot now is good time to look for this interesting insect. Fortunately the leaf damage does no lasting harm to the tree. Here's a link from Michigan State University that discusses this and other interesting oak galls …Continue
AVID - Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer.
Kristi Sullivan, Peter Smallidge and Paul Curtis. Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Department of Natural Resources, Ithaca, NY.
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The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can significantly influence New York’s forests. As selective…Continue
The northern long-eared bat population has declined as a result of the white-nosed syndrome. Although forest harvesting does not impact the bat or habitat per se, felling a tree where a bat is located or disturbing a hibernaculum would be problematic. There are both state and federal regulations that apply.
Here is communication from NYSDEC on May 5 2016
"As you may know, the northern long eared bat (NLEB) has been listed by the USFWS as threatened due to declines…Continue
If you are one of those people who now harvest their wood lot for winter heating - and are getting older and just tired of doing so or have a wife who is encouraging you not to – then you may be interested to learn about new developments in New York State. Developments that contribute to local jobs, use local sustainable resources, supply alternative energy, maintain a market for low-value trees, and keep forested land from being lost to development.
New York State has given a…Continue