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Conspiracy of Leaf Color-Change

Fall Color ConspiracyConspiracy hypotheses (or theories, as we like to call them, since “hypotheses” cannot be uttered without a lisp) seem to multiply unfettered these days, so I feel awkward birthing yet another. But you may be intrigued to learn that the wide spectrum of color in the region’s fall foliage is largely the result of a Depression-era project implemented by the Hoover Administration.We live in one of the few places on Earth where trees produce such a phantasmagoria of color. If…See More
Sep 12
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Learning to Speak Pine

Pine WhisperersThe term psithurism (sith-er-izm) doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it’s not meant to. The word, from the Greek psithuros (whisper), indicates the melody that rolls off pine needles in a gentle wind. It also means the sound of “proper” leaves shaking in the treetops. Obviously, we need another word, because these two things – whispering pines and rustling leaves – may both soothe us, but they sound quite different.In our little home in the Gatineau hills of Québec, we’re…See More
Aug 29
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Tree Defenses

Tree ProtectionPaul Hetzler, ISA Certified ArboristAs someone whose job it is to help preserve trees, I find it ironic that in nearly every case I am saving them from us. We injure their root systems, whack them with mowers and weed-eaters, plant them too deeply, and do many other things which jeopardize their health. It would be terrifying if they could fight back in the manner of Tolkien’s magical Fangorn Forest. For one thing, tree work would be a lot more dangerous than it already is.But…See More
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Dave Keebler liked Paul J Hetzler's blog post Forget Covid -- Lyme is Worse
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Joanne Vaughn commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post Forget Covid -- Lyme is Worse
"FYI  Besides permethrin, one can use a recently approved repellant such as Spalding Labs Bye Bye Insects Fly spray. It is a mixture of plant oils, including gerranium I believe,  that repel flys. It has also been found and approved for use…"
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Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Forget Covid -- Lyme is Worse

Ticked Off AgainIt seems the price we pay for warm weather is the onset of bug bites. Clouds of mosquitoes suck the fun out of outdoor activities, but one bite from a deer (black-legged) tick can put you out of commission for the whole season – maybe longer.As recently as a decade ago in northern NY State it was unusual to find deer ticks on you even after a long day outdoors. Technically an invasive species, the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) is another gift from down south, having gradually…See More
May 5
Patrik Schumann commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post Re-Thinking Black Locust
"Thank you for that!  I have been contemplating black locust for limited inter-plantings within a wind-thrown patch of natural forest of many acres, primarily as a nurse/ nitrogen/ coppice crop among hardwoods which one might…"
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Paul J Hetzler commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post Forest Pests are Exploding
"Thinning to minimum stocking levels may help. Also, research on the benefit of nitrogen fertilizer application is ongoing."
Jan 10
Joanne Vaughn left a comment for Paul J Hetzler
"We will be doing a survey of trees in 8 acres heavily affected by EAB in Monroe County NY. I will contact you sometime in a year if we find any survivors.  Joanne Vaughn"
Nov 20, 2019
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Conspiracy of Leaf Color-Change

Posted on September 12, 2020 at 6:49am 0 Comments

Fall Color Conspiracy

Conspiracy hypotheses (or theories, as we like to call them, since “hypotheses” cannot be uttered without a lisp) seem to multiply unfettered these days, so I feel awkward birthing yet another. But you may be intrigued to learn that the wide spectrum of color in the region’s fall foliage is largely the result of a Depression-era project implemented by the Hoover Administration.

We live in one of the few places on Earth where trees produce such a…

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Learning to Speak Pine

Posted on August 29, 2020 at 9:56am 0 Comments

Pine Whisperers

The term psithurism (sith-er-izm) doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it’s not meant to. The word, from the Greek psithuros (whisper), indicates the melody that rolls off pine needles in a gentle wind. It also means the sound of “proper” leaves shaking in the treetops. Obviously, we need another word, because these two things – whispering pines and rustling leaves – may both soothe us, but they sound quite different.

In our little home in the…

Continue

Tree Defenses

Posted on August 22, 2020 at 3:24pm 0 Comments

Tree Protection

Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist

As someone whose job it is to help preserve trees, I find it ironic that in nearly every case I am saving them from us. We injure their root systems, whack them with mowers and weed-eaters, plant them too deeply, and do many other things which jeopardize their health. It would be terrifying if they could fight back in the manner of Tolkien’s magical Fangorn Forest. For one thing, tree work would be a lot more dangerous than…

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The End of Sugar Maples?

Posted on August 19, 2020 at 8:50am 0 Comments

Maples on the Move

Unless trees are wondrously furtive, I’m pretty sure they don’t travel. But their species ranges can. A report from the US Forest Service’s Northern Research Station indicates that due to climate change, 70% of Eastern tree species have already begun to shift their ranges to the north. The authors admit this is not a new trend, but rather the hastening of an old one:

“Tree ranges in ancient times certainly shifted according to changing climates, but the…

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At 1:33pm on November 20, 2019, Joanne Vaughn said…

We will be doing a survey of trees in 8 acres heavily affected by EAB in Monroe County NY.

I will contact you sometime in a year if we find any survivors. 

Joanne Vaughn

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Saving the American Chestnut

Started by Stephen Kutney in Woodlot Management Aug 24. 0 Replies

Below is a message from the American Chestnut Foundation on the deregulation of the Darling 58 blight-resistant American chestnut.SteveThe 60-day public comment period is now open and will remain open until Monday, October 19, 2020. Here are two…Continue

Forester recommendations?

Started by Roger Rodriguez in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Kelly Nywening Jul 15. 1 Reply

We are new to forestry ownership and need some advice. We would like to be good stewards of the property and also provide occasional profit of some kind, especially to offset the taxes we pay on the property. I was thinking tree farming (?) as a…Continue

Nitrogen fixing bacteria for Alder trees

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn Jul 11. 14 Replies

I am thinking of starting some alder trees from seed for planting into an area that does not and has not hosted alders.  How can I gain the nitrogen fixing bacteria for inoculation of the roots ?  Continue

How long do brush cutter blades work?

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Ely McLaughlin Jul 8. 1 Reply

I dunno maybe it's because time flies when it's multiflora rose and buckthorns that are getting whacked. It seems that these blades are needing retirement after 8 or so hours.   Is this typical for this type of material. WIde range of material but…Continue

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Seeking advice on controlling oriental bittersweet

Started by Kristen Whitbeck in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Lew Ward Apr 15. 2 Replies

A student in my silviculture class is seeking relayed the scenario below. If anyone has any tips or tricks I will gladly pass them along. Thanks in advance!"Oriental bittersweet is choking out my mature white pine trees and my mature apple trees.…Continue

Tags: bittersweet, Oriental

Are Gall's a reason to cull Hickory trees?

Started by Thomas Wilson in Forest Health. Last reply by Ron Goodger Apr 7. 8 Replies

I'll take a photo, but in the meantime....I have a lot of bitternut hickory and some shagbark as well.  I haven't yet noticed any on the shagbark, but about half of the bitternut have gall's.  They get up to about 3 inches in diameter.  Some tree's…Continue

Removal of grass around seedlings in pasture

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Peter Smallidge Mar 19. 11 Replies

Even after the timely discussion of "green lie" this week, I am still unsure of the best method to eliminate grassy vegetation around the pine, cedar and oak seedlings we are putting in this spring. I feel this is very important because we lost a…Continue

Saving Trees With Tree-Eating Mushrooms

Started by Lew Ward in Forest Health Feb 27. 0 Replies

Saving Trees With Tree-Eating MushroomsControl of Amellaria Shoe-string Rot Fungushttps://youtu.be/FPeBYnGwo4YContinue

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