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Preventing Tree Breakage

Cradles and CablesWe are a clever lot when it comes to helping our kids settle into bed at night. Apparently, the story of how Jack broke his head fetching a pail of water, with Jill falling down the well after him, or the charming bubonic plague ditty “Ring Around the Rosie,” is supposed to calm small children. The veiled threat about abandoning an infant in a tree on a windy night always made my kids hush up. “Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop; when the wind blows, the cradle will rock. When…See More
Jan 14
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Timber Theft

Timber TheftOnly the crunch of gravel mars the predawn quiet as a truck, headlights off, rolls to a stop. Working quickly, professional bandits round up your unsuspecting timber. As your herd of prized trees is prodded toward the tailgate ramp, their soft mewling is barely audible amidst all the rustling…While it does at times parallel cattle rustling, with skilled thieves whisking away a few exceptionally valuable trees in an early-morning or weekend raid, timber theft encompasses more than…See More
Jan 8
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Preventing Salt Injury to Trees and Shrubs

Every winter brings its annual a-salt on roads and walkways. In icy conditions, salt can be a good thing, but too much of it is worse than a bad pun. Cars, equipment, and concrete suffer in obvious ways, but damage to trees and other woody plants is much less invisible. Salt injures trees and shrubs by several means.When road-salt spray hits twigs, buds and, in the case of evergreens, foliage, such direct contact causes yellowing of needles, and subsequent death of evergreen twigs and limbs. It…See More
Jan 5
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

When Trees Go Over the Hill

Senescence is the decline in vigor that happens to all creatures great and diminutive as they close in on the life expectancy of their species. People my age suddenly find it hard to read the phone book. Though I suppose by definition anyone still using a phone book is old enough to need glasses, right?The onset of this process varies—you probably know of families whose members frequently retain good health into their 90s and beyond, and other families where that is not the case. Of course…See More
Jan 3
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Don't Let Firewood Bug You

All of us are using more heating fuel this season than in recent winters, and there is still plenty of cold weather to come. It’s bad enough that our wallets are thinner, but those who heat with wood have the additional burden of more time spent lugging in fuel. And to add insult to injury, uninvited guests occasionally show up with the wood.Firewood, I’ve been told, comes from “trees” which seem to be covered in “bark,” under which insects can hide. As the wood we bring inside warms up, it…See More
Jan 2
John McNerney commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post Responsible Forestry
"That's a great description, Paul. The only thing I would add is that the neighbor is unlikely to be able to continue to harvest $20,000 in saleable timber every 15 years if they continues the practice of high-grading their parcel. Eventually,…"
Dec 20, 2017
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Responsible Forestry

Golden Goose ForestryPaul HetzlerWhat do you call a dairy farmer who spends decades improving the genetics of a herd, then abruptly sells all the best animals to start a new herd from scraggly, unproven stock? Crazy, perhaps, or foolish at the very least, right? (Or maybe someone with a gambling debt).Under normal circumstances, no livestock farmer culls their best animals to start over with random ones. Yet it’s common for a woodlot owner to sell all the large, well-formed trees during a…See More
Dec 10, 2017
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Predicting long-range weather outlooks

Weather or NotPaul HetzlerWeather modeling has become quite a big deal in recent years, with meteorologists falling all over themselves to report what the latest models say. It sounds like a fun job, and I am trying to find out how to apply for a position. No doubt I could model categories like “large stationary front” or “high pressure system” pretty well. If it involves appearing in a swimsuit, though, forget it.I love it when a radio announcer chirps “clear and sunny” during a storm because…See More
Dec 8, 2017
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Preventing Tree Breakage

Posted on January 14, 2018 at 8:18pm 0 Comments

Cradles and Cables

We are a clever lot when it comes to helping our kids settle into bed at night. Apparently, the story of how Jack broke his head fetching a pail of water, with Jill falling down the well after him, or the charming bubonic plague ditty “Ring Around the Rosie,” is supposed to calm small children. The veiled threat about abandoning an infant in a tree on a windy night always made my kids hush up. “Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop; when the wind blows, the cradle will…

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Timber Theft

Posted on January 8, 2018 at 1:38pm 0 Comments

Timber Theft

Only the crunch of gravel mars the predawn quiet as a truck, headlights off, rolls to a stop. Working quickly, professional bandits round up your unsuspecting timber. As your herd of prized trees is prodded toward the tailgate ramp, their soft mewling is barely audible amidst all the rustling…

While it does at times parallel cattle rustling, with skilled thieves whisking away a few exceptionally valuable trees in an early-morning or weekend raid, timber theft…

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Preventing Salt Injury to Trees and Shrubs

Posted on January 5, 2018 at 2:35pm 0 Comments

Every winter brings its annual a-salt on roads and walkways. In icy conditions, salt can be a good thing, but too much of it is worse than a bad pun. Cars, equipment, and concrete suffer in obvious ways, but damage to trees and other woody plants is much less invisible. Salt injures trees and shrubs by several means.



When road-salt spray hits twigs, buds and, in the case of evergreens, foliage, such direct contact causes yellowing of needles, and subsequent death of evergreen twigs… Continue

When Trees Go Over the Hill

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 7:59pm 0 Comments

Senescence is the decline in vigor that happens to all creatures great and diminutive as they close in on the life expectancy of their species. People my age suddenly find it hard to read the phone book. Though I suppose by definition anyone still using a phone book is old enough to need glasses, right?



The onset of this process varies—you probably know of families whose members frequently retain good health into their 90s and beyond, and other families where that is not the case. Of… 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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Silvopasture Workshop

Started by Alicia Rose in Agroforestry. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn Jan 2. 1 Reply

Silvopasture Workshop https://misanews.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/silvopasture-workshop/August 4-5, 2017La Crescent, MinnesotaThe University of Minnesota Extension,…Continue

Beech Leaf Disease

Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Tim Levatich Dec 1, 2017. 3 Replies

This just in...  Would be interested to know if anyone sees this in their woods come spring.http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/portals/forestry/pdfs/BLDAlert.pdf…Continue

Landowner liability in NY

Started by Tim Levatich in Woodlot Management Nov 26, 2017. 0 Replies

Hi, Everyone.I searched the web for New York State landowner liability and found the document linked below. It looks a little dated but the content might be accurate.…Continue

inaturalist

Started by Alicia Rose in Agroforestry Nov 24, 2017. 0 Replies

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

Buckthorn Baggie

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Woodlot Management. Last reply by John McNerney Nov 8, 2017. 1 Reply

Buckthorn Baggie kills invasive trees without chemicals…Continue

Tamarack Tree - Some Links that may be of interest

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry Oct 29, 2017. 0 Replies

Tamarack: the unsolved mystery tree…Continue

Landfire

Started by Alicia Rose in Forest Health Oct 27, 2017. 0 Replies

During the Q & A session, many of you expressed interest in the comparison of LANDFIRE BpS and NRCS Ecological Site Descriptions. The attached report is also available online:…Continue

Vine ID

Started by Mark Domingos in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Dave McGill Sep 7, 2017. 1 Reply

Trying to identify this vine, grew about 12' this year and overtook a apple tree.…Continue

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