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Brett Chedzoy commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post New Tick Species
"Thanks for updating us on this latest bad bug, Paul.  I would like to think that this new tick won't reach the crisis levels that native ticks have - but experience suggests otherwise.  "
Sep 10
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

New Tick Species

Water-Skiing With Invasive TicksYears ago I read an author interview, and while I don’t recall her name, an image she raised has stayed with me—something to the effect that writing ought to feel as if you were water skiing behind your work. Usually, I find this to be the case. However, when I tried to water-ski behind a new invasive tick that reproduces without mating, drains the blood from livestock, and potentially carries an Ebola-like disease, something changed. A few topics whip across the…See More
Sep 10
Paul J Hetzler commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post Colors Tell You Which to Cull
"Apologies that I was not more clear--this is about early color relative to other specimens of a given species. In other words, in a forest stand, a colorful sugar maple surrounded by green sugar maples is in trouble. A yellow trembling aspen…"
Sep 10
Linda Rohleder commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post Colors Tell You Which to Cull
"I think it's really important to mention that some species of trees naturally turn color and drop leaves early and it has nothing to do with their relative helath. While other species generally tend to hang on to their leaves longer. If you…"
Sep 9
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Colors Tell You Which to Cull

The First Shall Not LastPaul HetzlerSeems like competitiveness may be part of human DNA. But it does not always pay to be first.No prize awaits the fastest car that passes a radar patrol, or the first person to come down with the flu at the office. And for trees, the first ones to turn color in autumn are not envied by their peers. If trees experience envy, which no one knows. The first trees to show orange and red and drop their leaves are telling us to get quotes from a tree-removal company,…See More
Sep 4
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Ticked off about Lyme

Ticked OffThe downside of nice weather is that ticks like it too. Blackflies and mosquitoes can take the fun out of a day of hiking or gardening, but a single deer tick can ruin a whole summer if it transmits Lyme or other serious disease. Fortunately, there’s a relatively new tool in the battle against deer ticks: mice.As recently as fifteen years ago in northern NY state it was rare to find a single black-legged tick, commonly known as a deer tick, on your person even after a long day…See More
Apr 28
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Arbor Day

What is an Arbor, Anyway?Muskrat Day. Velcro Appreciation Month. Hair Follicle Hygiene Week. Arbor Day. You know it’s an obscure event when the greeting-card trade hasn’t bothered to capitalize on it. I like to think the industry knows Arbor Day is worthy of a Hallmark line, but that they’ve decided to honor its spirit by conserving paper. (C’mon, it’s possible.) While not the best-known observance, Arbor Day has a respectable history, as well as a local connection.Rooted in Jefferson County in…See More
Apr 25
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Science Under Fire

Theory of LanguageI’m amazed how communication, more complex than a spider web and far more fragile, actually seems to work from time to time. Even among those who share a common tongue, each has an internal dictionary, none of which entirely agrees with the next person’s. My wife is francophone, which adds a layer of complexity to the challenge of sharing ideas in a relationship.But an even bigger issue can arise when folks fail to notice they’re speaking different languages. This problem was…See More
Apr 23
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Agroforestry: Log-grown Shiitake Mushrooms

Let Them Eat WoodNearly all historians agree Marie Antoinette probably never coined the phrase “Let them eat cake,” a saying already in popular culture before her time. The phrase was ascribed to her by opponents to bolster her reputation as callous and arrogant. She would have seemed far more benevolent if she had said “Let them eat wood.”From remote villages to five-star urban restaurants, people around the world consume all manner of delectable dishes featuring second-hand wood. Although…See More
Mar 28
Paul J Hetzler commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post Adopt a Trap Tree this Spring
"Just got word that a date has been set for the trap-tree training. Date: May 3, 2018 Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Location: Akwesasne Housing Authority, Training Room, 378 State Route 37, Akwesasne, NY 13655. For more information, contact the…"
Mar 27
Lew Ward liked Paul J Hetzler's blog post Life's a Beech Sometimes
Mar 26
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Good Forestry Critical to Water Resources

(Note: This is by Joe Hovels, a longtime forester and proponent of good silviculture from Wisconsin. If you like this essay, consider signing up for his newsletter Wisconsin Partnerships in Forestry at logcabin@nnex.net)Water:A Tragedy of Responsibility Joe Hovels, Wisconsin Partnerships in Forestry Environmental problems place great constraint on all societies. The response of the society, its leaders in particular, determines the severity of the consequences of environmental degradation.…See More
Mar 26
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Adopt a Trap Tree this Spring

Trap TreesWhen I hear the phrase “trap tree,” an image of Charlie Brown’s kite-eating tree in the Peanuts comic strip comes immediately to mind. But trap trees, or sentinel trees, are meant to nab a much smaller airborne object, the emerald ash borer (EAB).The idea is to make certain ash trees more attractive to EAB, to serve both as a monitoring tool and as a means of slowing the rate of ash death. Early in the growing season, a chosen ash tree is girdled, which stresses it and induces it to…See More
Mar 24
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Life's a Beech Sometimes

(Note: This is intended as a resource to pass along to general audiences as an introduction to the issue. Peter has loads of detailed information on beech thickets on his blog and elsewhere, so the only thing Forestconnect members will gain form reading this is possibly a smile.)Beech Gone WildThe sturdy, long-lived and stately American beech, Fagus grandifolia, has been slowly dying out since 1920, when a tiny European insect pest was accidentally released on our shores. Because of this lethal…See More
Mar 7
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Invasive Forest Pests: ISAW is February 26-March 3

Invasive Species Awareness WeekIn Grade 3, a brilliant joke made the rounds. We’d hold up a sheet of blank white paper and announce it was a polar bear in a snowstorm. Genius is relative for kids. But the first time I drove into a whiteout made me realize how accurate that “art” project was. Anything can hide behind a veneer of snow.This leads me to ask why February 26-March 3 was chosen as “National Invasive Species Awareness Week.” By this time of year, our awareness has been blunted by a…See More
Feb 12
Paul J Hetzler commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post Forest-tent Caterpillars
"The DEC has a great document: www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/ftc01.pdf also VT: fpr.vermont.gov/.../Forest...Forestry/Forest.../Forest%20Tent%20Caterpillar%20Egg%... Not sure the copy/paste worked right..."
Jan 27

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New Tick Species

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 7:13am 1 Comment

Water-Skiing With Invasive Ticks



Years ago I read an author interview, and while I don’t recall her name, an image she raised has stayed with me—something to the effect that writing ought to feel as if you were water skiing behind your work. Usually, I find this to be the case. However, when I tried to water-ski behind a new invasive tick that reproduces without mating, drains the blood from livestock, and potentially carries an Ebola-like disease, something changed. A few topics… Continue

Colors Tell You Which to Cull

Posted on September 4, 2018 at 10:51pm 2 Comments

The First Shall Not Last

Paul Hetzler

Seems like competitiveness may be part of human DNA. But it does not always pay to be first.



No prize awaits the fastest car that passes a radar patrol, or the first person to come down with the flu at the office. And for trees, the first ones to turn color in autumn are not envied by their peers. If trees experience envy, which no one knows. The first trees to show orange and red and drop their leaves are telling us to get quotes from… Continue

Ticked off about Lyme

Posted on April 28, 2018 at 9:05pm 0 Comments

Ticked Off

The downside of nice weather is that ticks like it too. Blackflies and mosquitoes can take the fun out of a day of hiking or gardening, but a single deer tick can ruin a whole summer if it transmits Lyme or other serious disease. Fortunately, there’s a relatively new tool in the battle against deer ticks: mice.

As recently as fifteen years ago in northern NY state it was rare to find a single black-legged tick, commonly known as a deer tick, on your person even after…

Continue

Arbor Day

Posted on April 25, 2018 at 10:59pm 0 Comments

What is an Arbor, Anyway?



Muskrat Day. Velcro Appreciation Month. Hair Follicle Hygiene Week. Arbor Day. You know it’s an obscure event when the greeting-card trade hasn’t bothered to capitalize on it. I like to think the industry knows Arbor Day is worthy of a Hallmark line, but that they’ve decided to honor its spirit by conserving paper. (C’mon, it’s possible.) While not the best-known observance, Arbor Day has a respectable history, as well as a local… Continue

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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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inaturalist

Started by Alicia Rose in Agroforestry. Last reply by Linda Rohleder yesterday. 1 Reply

Check out www.inaturalist.org Contribute to ScienceEvery observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. We share your findings with scientific…Continue

IPhone surveys

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Linda Rohleder yesterday. 1 Reply

Smart phones have GPS.  Has anyone figured out how to use them for mapping wooded land.  I am especially interested in a way to map  my logging trails. Jim MartinContinue

Slash and squirt control of Ailanthus

Started by Mark Horberg in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Linda Rohleder yesterday. 4 Replies

I have 20-30 ailanthus trees on my property in the 4-6 inch diameter range.  What specific herbicide and concentration should I use for slash and squirt?  Can you recommend a place where it can be purchased in small quantities?  Thanks. Continue

Agroforestry

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry Aug 11. 0 Replies

Agroforestry can increase soil health, agroecosystem biodiversity, soil and total organic carbon, nectar/pollen/resin resources, reduces soil disturbance, increasing opportunities for agroforestry can reduce economic and ecosystem risksContinue

Urban Forestry Presentation Link

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health May 24. 0 Replies

Urban Forestry Presentation Link ---- …Continue

Stone Walls

Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management May 14. 0 Replies

One of my first "real" jobs in forestry in the mid-1990's was in southern New England.  Although I had seen some stone walls here and there growing up in NY, I had never seen stone walls like those of coastal New England.  I remember one property on…Continue

Do Trees Talk to each other? See Video

Started by Alicia Rose in Forest Health Apr 24. 0 Replies

Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other | TED TalkVideo for How trees communicate with each other▶ 18:19https://www.ted.com/.../suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_…Continue

Forest Health

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health Mar 8. 0 Replies

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