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Sapsucker Damage Indicates Stressed Trees

Sapsuckers and Other InsultsIcebreaker exercises are apparently meant to help awkward group events like staff development days feel even less comfortable. I recall a workplace training where we had to inform the group what animal best represented our personality. I was going to say “squirrel” but got distracted by something out the window, and forgot. In retrospect I should have chosen the yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), since I spent much of that same event straightening…See More
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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, 2020
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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, 2020
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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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I am a Certified Arborist who owns 77 acres of hardwood forest, and who enjoys spreading the word about proper tree care and forest stewardship.

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Sapsucker Damage Indicates Stressed Trees

Posted on February 5, 2021 at 12:10pm 0 Comments

Sapsuckers and Other Insults

Icebreaker exercises are apparently meant to help awkward group events like staff development days feel even less comfortable. I recall a workplace training where we had to inform the group what animal best represented our personality. I was going to say “squirrel” but got distracted by something out the window, and forgot. In retrospect I should have chosen the yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), since I spent much of that same event…

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New Wood Markets for Novel Forest Products

Posted on January 9, 2021 at 1:23pm 0 Comments

Wooden You Know

As a card-carrying, registered tree hugger, I have long touted the benefits of trees such as carbon storage, energy savings and improved mental health. And beyond the familiar tree-related blessings such as maple syrup, lumber and firewood, I’ve written about some obscure things like birch-based candy that fights tooth decay, and health-promoting chaga tea derived from a birch fungus. Then there’s basswood bark for fiber, elm bark for baskets, and pine bark for lunch.…

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New Wood Markets for Novel Forest Products

Posted on January 9, 2021 at 1:23pm 0 Comments

Wooden You Know

As a card-carrying, registered tree hugger, I have long touted the benefits of trees such as carbon storage, energy savings and improved mental health. And beyond the familiar tree-related blessings such as maple syrup, lumber and firewood, I’ve written about some obscure things like birch-based candy that fights tooth decay, and health-promoting chaga tea derived from a birch fungus. Then there’s basswood bark for fiber, elm bark for baskets, and pine bark for lunch.…

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Promoting Natural Christmas Trees

Posted on December 7, 2020 at 3:04pm 0 Comments

Pining for the Good Old Days

Children around the globe will be disappointed on Christmas if the World Health Organization doesn’t exempt Santa from COVID-19 restrictions. But I’m sure they will. Due to the pandemic, many authorities advise that we celebrate in our respective households this year; no visitors. Yikes! Looks like we’ll have to rely on past memories for the holidays in 2020, which is bad news for those of us who can’t keep track of our car keys for two…

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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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Hemlock

Started by Chaz U. Farly in Woodlot Management Feb 18. 0 Replies

Is there a reason the State of New York stopped selling hemlock seedlings? I'd made up my mind that I'd like to plant a hundred, maybe more, for my grandsons to enjoy, but find no source. Continue

Deer stand damage help

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn Dec 27, 2020. 1 Reply

My son left his deer stands up for 3 years and the screw in metal foot pegs have been partially encased in the bark. Has anyone advice about how to extricate them with minimal injury to the trees?Continue

Changes in Emeral Ash Borer Regs

Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management Dec 16, 2020. 0 Replies

New year, new approach.  USDA ending quarantine efforts on EAB:https://www.morningagclips.com/aphis-changes-approach-to-fight-emerald-ash-borer-eab/  Continue

IPhone surveys

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management. Last reply by John McNerney Dec 14, 2020. 8 Replies

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

Striped maple control

Started by WJ Rodenhouse in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Gerry Hawkes Dec 13, 2020. 3 Replies

Looking for way to control large volume of striped maple and witch hazel. Both are interfering with growth of oak seedlings. Cut/treat stump? Hack and squirt? if so what chemical for either of these? Best time of year to treat?Best time of year to…Continue

How long do brush cutter blades work?

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Gerry Hawkes Dec 11, 2020. 5 Replies

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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Paulownia: Is this a tree for NYS?

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Agroforestry Dec 3, 2020. 0 Replies

I have stumbled across some descriptions of Paulownia trees (Empress, Princess).  It is described as marketable, fast growing (sequesters carbon quickly), not fussy about soils, relatively pest free. Does anyone here have first hand experience with…Continue

Saving the American Chestnut

Started by Stephen Kutney in Woodlot Management Aug 24, 2020. 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

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