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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
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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
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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
Brett Chedzoy commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post Forest-tent Caterpillars
"Paul,   Any good short videos or picture guides on how to scout for FTC egg masses this time of the year, including "acceptable" levels?"
Jan 26
Paul J Hetzler commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post Forest-tent Caterpillars
"For a list of about 40 tree-related articles, visit paulhetzlernature.org , where nature and humor collide. Amicably for the most part. Click on the "Natural Resources Essays" heading and then scroll down to the "Trees"…"
Jan 26
Paul J Hetzler commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post Forest-tent Caterpillars
"Also, according to a large Clinton County maple producer who called this week, there is "not the slightest evidence of tree wound response" on 2017's tap holes in the 1,000 acres of sugar bush that remained barren of leaves (post-FTC)…"
Jan 26
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Forest-tent Caterpillars

Not in Tents, Just IntenseWinter is not a season when people think about tents, except maybe to be glad they do not live in one. I do have friends who love winter camping, and the fact they have never extended an invitation is evidence of how much they value our friendship.Oddly enough, winter is a crucial time to look for signs of forest-tent caterpillars (FTC). In spite of their name, FTC do not weave a silken tent-like nest as do the eastern-tent caterpillar and other species of tent…See More
Jan 26
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

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

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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…

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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

Science Under Fire

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 8:03pm 0 Comments

Theory of Language

I’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…

Continue

Agroforestry: Log-grown Shiitake Mushrooms

Posted on March 28, 2018 at 1:41pm 0 Comments

Let Them Eat Wood

Nearly 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…

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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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Slash and squirt control of Ailanthus

Started by Mark Horberg in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Peter Smallidge 11 hours ago. 2 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

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

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Forest Adaptation Resources Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers

Started by Alicia Rose in Forest Health. Last reply by Carl DuPoldt Mar 1. 1 Reply

Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers, 2nd edition link -- https://www.fs.fed.us/nrs/pubs/gtr/gtr_nrs87-2.pdf---------------------Adaptive…Continue

New Forest Farm

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry Feb 15. 0 Replies

Welcome to New Forest Farmhttps://newforestfarm.usNew Forest Farm is a diverse Restoration Agriculture research site in the Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin.Founded and stewarded by the Shepard family…Continue

Dutch Elm Disease

Started by Bob Schumacher in Forest Health. Last reply by John McNerney Feb 3. 4 Replies

Our elm trees that have survived the last fifteen years of the disease being in our woods are looking very healthy.  I really enjoy the elms and we have a few very good size ones now.  I would lie some day to make some lumber with them.Continue

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