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Northern NYS EAB Info Meeting--Help Pass the Word

Run, Dorothy—Emerald City is FallingWatertown is poised to become an Emerald City, but that’s not good news. Jefferson and Lewis will soon be Emerald Counties, and St. Lawrence County began the process of change two years ago. Unfortunately, this kind of transformation does not involve happy endings.When the emerald ash borer (EAB) kills an ash, something happens never before seen—the tree becomes brittle and hazardous very quickly, beyond anything in our experience in North America prior to…See More
Nov 5
Brett Chedzoy commented on Paul J Hetzler's blog post Foresters Need Laughter, Too
Oct 18
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Foresters Need Laughter, Too

Evolution, Just for FunEvery time I make primordial soup, it tastes terrible, but maybe some element is missing.Roughly four billion years ago in the original batch of soup—or possibly it was a stew or even a souffle; that detail is a bit hazy—single-celled organisms first made an appearance. For the next 2.5 billion years that’s apparently all there was. I’m pretty sure our planet got a little bored towards the end of that phase.But once multicellular life did show up, it was restricted to…See More
Oct 13
Lew Ward liked Paul J Hetzler's blog post Porcelain Berry: Not Fragile Enough
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Sep 30
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
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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
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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

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As the natural-resources educator at CCE St. Lawrence, I would like to know as much as possible about woodland ecology because every so often I like to be able to give a correct answer to an inquiry.

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Northern NYS EAB Info Meeting--Help Pass the Word

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 9:59pm 0 Comments

Run, Dorothy—Emerald City is Falling

Watertown is poised to become an Emerald City, but that’s not good news. Jefferson and Lewis will soon be Emerald Counties, and St. Lawrence County began the process of change two years ago. Unfortunately, this kind of transformation does not involve happy…

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Foresters Need Laughter, Too

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 5:28pm 1 Comment

Evolution, Just for Fun

Every time I make primordial soup, it tastes terrible, but maybe some element is missing.

Roughly four billion years ago in the original batch of soup—or possibly it was a stew or even a souffle; that detail is a bit hazy—single-celled organisms first made an…

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Tree Planting and Care Workshop

Posted on September 30, 2018 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Plant a Tree or Rental It: Your Choice

Planting a tree isn’t rocket science, which is good thing. If it were that complex, I’d wager we’d have a lot fewer trees lining our streets. It may not take a scientist to plant a tree correctly, but a lot of money is spent each year to buy and plant trees which may as well be leased, because they will only live a fraction of their…

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Porcelain Berry: Not Fragile Enough

Posted on September 30, 2018 at 3:17pm 0 Comments

Porcelain Berry

A total lunar eclipse is likely more common than the swift removal of a novel invasive plant infestation, but fingers are crossed that such a thing happened in St. Lawrence County this summer. The plant eradication, I mean—we all know about the celestial event this past July, the first central lunar eclipse since June 2011. Thanks to the sharp eyes of Dr. Tony Beane, a Professor of Veterinary Science at SUNY Canton who is also an avid naturalist, an exotic vine capable…

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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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controlling beech

Started by robert dalbo in Woodlot Management. Last reply by robert dalbo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

I have a section on my property approximately 5 acres with mature oak and maples 18 to 20 inches, well spaced, but the understory is a combination of beech and ferns. I have cut some beech and sprayed some the ferns with mediocre success. I do not…Continue

New film & resources to help YOU save forests!

Started by Lew Ward in Woodlot Management Nov 19. 0 Replies

'New film & resources to help YOU save forests!A new, short, animated (and…Continue

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IPhone surveys

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Jim Martin Oct 27. 2 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

Oldest Flowering Tree in North Americal

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health Oct 2. 0 Replies

Fossil of Oldest Flowering Tree in North America Discovered. And It Was Huge. -- https://www.livescience.com/63719-flowering-tree-fossil-cretaceous.htmlContinue

Slash and squirt control of Ailanthus

Started by Mark Horberg in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Peter Smallidge Sep 23. 5 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

inaturalist

Started by Alicia Rose in Agroforestry. Last reply by Linda Rohleder Sep 22. 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

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