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Preventing Anthracnose and Apple Scab

Crabby Apples and Other ComplaintsWe waited a long time for summer to arrive this year, so it is unfair that some flowering crabapples are turning yellow and brown and shedding their leaves already. Mountain-ash, serviceberry, and hawthorn are also affected by the same disorder. Here and there a few maples and other species are also dropping random leaves, which are for the most part still green, often with patches of black or brown. The latter situation has a different origin, but both are…See More
Jul 7
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Oak Wilt: You Can Make a Difference

Oak WiltIt’s hard to be cheerful in a job where I am expected to keep up on each newly arrived or imminent threat from invasive insects, novel plant diseases, and worrisome trends in the environment. Although I typically deflate everyone’s happy-bubble when I give a talk, I’ve discovered we need not fret that the sky is going to fall.The National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) is a joint effort of research institutions, government agencies and nonprofit groups; their mission is to…See More
Jun 29
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Healthy Forests, Healthy Fish

Fish ForestryAs many anglers know, trees and fish are closely related. Really; it goes way beyond basswood. The relationship is not in the sense of phylum or family, of course. And it's not like the way in which tomatoes and fish were briefly married in a 1996 experiment at Oakland, California-based DNA Plant Technology in an attempt to get a frost-tolerant tomato (or possibly a saucy fish). If it weren’t for tree cover, cold-water fish species would not survive in most of the streams they now…See More
Jun 26
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Trees Are Sick of the Weather

Maple Motion SicknessNo one wants to be told they have a weathered complexion, but many trees this summer, especially maples, are looking a bit worse for the wear as a result of conditions earlier in the season. “Leaf tatter” is a term used to describe foliage which may be torn and bedraggled-looking, distorted, sometimes with blackened spots or zones. It can easily look like a disease or mysterious pest is ravaging the tree.As tree buds open and young leaves begin to unfurl, they can get…See More
Jun 20
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Ice Meadows

(N)ice MeadowsNow that the weather has finally warmed up, we can appreciate ice a little more. Among other things, ice greatly improves summertime drinks, and an icy watermelon is hands-down better than a warm one. And in this part of the world, ice also provides us with unique wildflower meadows. Along stretches of riverbank in the southern Adirondacks, rare Arctic-type flowers are blooming now in the fragile slices of native grasslands that are meticulously groomed each year by the scouring…See More
Jun 11
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Perennial Pet Peeves

Local VolcanoesWhen you think about it, landscape trees have a rough life. Firstly they don’t get to choose their neighborhood, whether good, bad or indifferent. Depending where they are planted, they may need to contend with helpful watering by territorial dogs, materials-testing by energetic kids, entanglements with errant kites, or other issues.Rooted in one spot day in and day out, year after year, they suffer from – well, boredom, I imagine. And from restricted root area, drought stress,…See More
May 28
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Helping Trees Recover from Flooding

Most Things in ModerationAs a teenager, my son had a saying, whether original or borrowed I don’t know (the saying, that is), which went something like “All things in moderation. Especially moderation.” It would seem Mother Nature took that to heart, and dispensed with moderate rainfall and snow melt this spring. If not her, then maybe it was Creepy Uncle Climate Change. At any rate, the resultant flooding has been heartbreaking to observe.While I am of course sensitive to the anguish of those…See More
May 6
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May 6
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Happy Tree Day!

Plant a Legacy on Arbor DayMuskrat Week. Velcro Month. Arbor Day. You know it’s an obscure event when the greeting-card trade hasn’t bothered to capitalize on it. While not the best-known observance, Arbor Day has a respectable history, as well as a local connection.Rooted in northern NY, Arbor Day is observed on the last Friday in April. J. Sterling Morton of Adams, NY germinated the concept in 1872 to highlight the need to conserve topsoil and increase timber in his adopted state of Nebraska.…See More
Apr 25
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Mar 28
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Mar 27
Paul J Hetzler posted an event

Shiitake Mushroom Class--Hands-On at CCE St. Lawrence

April 6, 2019 from 9am to 1pm
Participants will inoculate and take home their own shiitake log which will produce mushrooms for several years to come. Learn how to convert your woods into a mushroom farm! The same class is offered on 2 Saturdays in April. Choose from either April 6 or 13. Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited, so register early at…See More
Mar 22
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Update on Oak Wilt, HWA, Lanternfly & Asian Earthworm Class 03/29: DEC Credit Approved

If anyone needs DEC pesticide Credits, this course was just approved for NYSDEC Pesticide Credits as follows:5.50 in Categories 2, 3a, 9 and 10;4.50 in Category 25;3.00 in 6a;1.00 in 1a.ISA CEU Credit also pre-approved.See sidebar under Upcoming Events for details. See More
Mar 22
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Choosing Good Landscape Trees

Unnatural SelectionPaul HetzlerAfter a winter fraught with temperature swings, ice and near-record cold such as this past one, being able to finally plant things outdoors is especially welcome. While flowers can be dug up and replanted around the yard much like arranging the lawn furniture, it is different with trees.Consider that the act of planting a tree is in many ways a transcendent one. Sure, a new tree will give us shade, beauty, energy savings and increased property value, but in most…See More
Mar 9
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Emerging Forest Pests: Oak Wilt, HWA, Lanternfly and Asian Earthworms at St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Learning Center

March 29, 2019 from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Come learn how to ID and manage 4 new threats to forest health in the Northeast. Presenters from the NY Hemlock Institute, NYSDEC Bureau of Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, and CCE-St. Lawrence will collect the whole set for you in this daylong course. Includes hands-on field work. Please visit stlawrence.cce.cornell.edu to register, or call 315.379.9192. SAF, ISA, and DEC Pesticide Credit approved.See More
Mar 6
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Tree Pruning at Lewis-St. Lawrence BOCES Education Center

March 20, 2019 from 10am to 2pm
Join NYSDEC Region 6 and Cornell Extension of St. Lawrence County for this 4-hour, hands-on workshop on pruning and training young trees with an eye toward producing stronger, more resilient landscape trees with fewer defects. SAF, ISA Credits approved.Class is free, but pre-registration via phone or website is required. Participants must bring a lunch. Afternoon is in the field, so please dress for the weather.See More
Feb 26

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Paul J Hetzler's Blog

Preventing Anthracnose and Apple Scab

Posted on July 7, 2019 at 9:36am 0 Comments

Crabby Apples and Other Complaints

We waited a long time for summer to arrive this year, so it is unfair that some flowering crabapples are turning yellow and brown and shedding their leaves already. Mountain-ash, serviceberry, and hawthorn are also affected by the same disorder. Here and there a few maples and other species are also dropping random leaves, which are for the most part still green, often with patches of black or brown. The latter situation has a different origin, but…

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Oak Wilt: You Can Make a Difference

Posted on June 29, 2019 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Oak Wilt

It’s hard to be cheerful in a job where I am expected to keep up on each newly arrived or imminent threat from invasive insects, novel plant diseases, and worrisome trends in the environment. Although I typically deflate everyone’s happy-bubble when I give a talk, I’ve discovered we need not fret that the sky is going to fall.

The National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) is a joint effort of research institutions, government agencies and nonprofit groups; their…

Continue

Healthy Forests, Healthy Fish

Posted on June 26, 2019 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Fish Forestry

As many anglers know, trees and fish are closely related. Really; it goes way beyond basswood. The relationship is not in the sense of phylum or family, of course. And it's not like the way in which tomatoes and fish were briefly married in a 1996 experiment at Oakland, California-based DNA Plant Technology in an attempt to get a frost-tolerant tomato (or possibly a saucy fish). If it weren’t for tree cover, cold-water fish species would not survive in most of the…

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Trees Are Sick of the Weather

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 5:38pm 0 Comments

Maple Motion Sickness

No one wants to be told they have a weathered complexion, but many trees this summer, especially maples, are looking a bit worse for the wear as a result of conditions earlier in the season. “Leaf tatter” is a term used to describe foliage which may be torn and bedraggled-looking, distorted, sometimes with blackened spots or zones. It can easily look like a disease or mysterious pest is ravaging the tree.

As tree buds open and young leaves begin to unfurl,…

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At 2:28pm on May 18, 2017, Ronald L Frisbee said…

Welcome Paul!  Any chance we will see you at FRESH?  I hope so!  Ron Frisbee

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Verticillium Wilt

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health Jul 9. 0 Replies

Verticillium Wilt - https://mailchi.mp/unl.edu/nebraskas-forest-health-report-july-2019 Symptoms of Verticillium wilt are now becoming apparent in infected trees in…Continue

Silvopasture in Wisconsin: Goals, Challenges, and other Fodder for Thought

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry May 9. 0 Replies

Silvopasture in Wisconsin: Goals, Challenges, and other Fodder for ThoughtWednesday, May 29, 2019 at 11:00am (CDT)Diane MayerfeldSustainable Agriculture Coordinator, UW-Extension, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) -…Continue

Small acreage logging project

Started by WJ Rodenhouse in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Lew Ward Apr 22. 1 Reply

A friend asked me what types of protections he should include in agreement with logger when having his 10 acre forest logged. I thought maybe some of you could provide insight. Logger stated Workman's comp wasn't needed in a family business.Thanks!Continue

Western Larch Question

Started by Alex Harmon in Wildlife Management. Last reply by Pamela Dallaire Mar 30. 2 Replies

Would a Western Larch (tree) NOT lose its needles during fall and winter if it was kept indoors? / what causes it to lose its needles(temperature change, change in length of days)? IF YOU KNOW THE ANSWER PLEASE REPLY!!!!!! NOT KNOWING IS KILLING ME!!Continue

How tree diversity affects invasive forest pests

Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Mar 27. 1 Reply

A long-standing tenet in forestry is that healthier and more diverse woods are typically more resilient to stress factors and pest.  This holds true in most cases, but there are the notable exceptions like EAB.This article from the "Morning Ag…Continue

480a disqualification after EAB

Started by Bill Pontius in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Bill Pontius Mar 17. 4 Replies

Here's a hypothetical question (hopefully). If an ash stand no longer has sufficient density to qualify for the 480a program following ash borer invasion, and if that stand is necessary for having more than 50 acres for the program, what happens?…Continue

Renewable Jet Fuel from Woody Biomass

Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management Feb 27. 0 Replies

The carbon footprint of air travel is currently being scrutinized in the news.  Here's a renewable energy angle that probably won't be covered in the mainstream media: …Continue

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