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Forget Covid -- Lyme is Worse

Ticked Off Again

It 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…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 5, 2020 at 10:12am — No Comments

Managing Forest Landscapes Integrating climate mitigation with healthy air, clean water, and vibrant economies

A Cornell blog site that has information that may be helpful

http://blogs.cornell.edu/woodbury/forest/

Added by Lew Ward on April 15, 2020 at 2:13pm — No Comments

A Tool to Keep Forests Healthy and Productive

As we consider the future of our forests, we often hear natural resource folks refer to “resilience” as a desirable thing to achieve. What is resilience anyway? And why should we be concerned about it with respect to our woodlands? As woodland owners, can we be sure our interests are being met and push our forests towards resilience?

We have heard of ecosystem services in the context of the benefits that forests provide to society. Open space, wildlife habitat, biodiversity, clean…

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Added by Kristina Ferrare on April 13, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Management of Small Wooded Parcels

This blog is a link to the webinar on this topic on Wednesday March 18, 2020.  

Best Practices on a Small Wooded Acreage.

Many woodland owners have parcels that are “small” compared to other owners. These parcels are endearing to the owners, and provide many opportunities for activities to ensure they remain healthy and support the owner’s interests.…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on March 15, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Forest Bathing

Trees by the Tub-full

Paul Hetzler

A hot bath is an age-old remedy for calming our nerves, but science has now shown that a better tonic for anxiety and stress is bathing in the forest, fully dressed. True story. Of course, a few details would be helpful.

In a blinding flash of the obvious, research has proven that being around trees makes us feel better. To be fair, the scientific process requires measurable evidence, so in this case, real-time brain imaging with fMRI…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on February 23, 2020 at 9:43am — No Comments

Re-Thinking Black Locust

Not Plagued by Black Locusts

Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist

Sometimes I wonder if the Biblical plagues of ancient Egypt have lingered in one form or another. Blooms of toxic algae, which occasionally turn water a blood-red color, are on the increase. Gnats and lice have been supplanted by deer ticks, which I’d argue are even worse, and there is no shortage of hail in season. Frog outbreaks may not have occurred since Pharaoh’s time, but poisonous cane toads imported to…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on February 23, 2020 at 8:38am — 1 Comment

Avoiding Split Trees

Wishbone Trees

Breaking a wishbone, some believe, may impart good fortune to the person left with the bigger half. When a tree splits, though, everyone loses. Fortunately, by engaging a tree-care professional, we can control whether or not a Y-shaped tree splits.

Growing up, our family’s Thanksgiving traditions were well balanced. First we ate a lot, but after dinner my two brothers and I engaged in vigorous exercise for thirty minutes or so. That’s usually how long it took to…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 19, 2019 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Restoring forests may be one of our most powerful weapons in fighting climate change

  A particularly insightful article that introduces us to the complexity of the science of forestry, climate change, and carbon sequestration. Few articles integrate the the numerous studies that seemingly contradict each other, but I think we need more integrative science for an accurate assessment of the current situation. …

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Added by Lew Ward on October 13, 2019 at 9:52am — No Comments

Terminal Bud Scar: A Tree's Health Chart

Scarred for Life

Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist

It makes sense that dying trees have terminal bud scars. Sounds like an awful condition – my condolences. But the healthiest trees have them, too (terminal scars, not condolences). It’s a good thing, since terminal bud (aka bud-scale) scars provide an excellent way to leaf through a tree’s health records going back 5 to 10 years.

After a woody plant has its full complement of leaves, and they have hardened off, that…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on September 24, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Treeconomics 101: Early Fall Color Explained

Treeconomics 101: Color-Coded Prosperity



Deciduous trees, lakeside ice-cream stands, and marinas all close down each autumn for the same reason: as daylight dwindles and cold creeps in, their outfits become less and less profitable. At a certain point it makes sense to batten the hatches until the following spring.



Some enterprising holdouts stay open longer; perhaps they have a cost advantage others do not, or have less competition. A few are the opposite, closing shop…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on September 23, 2019 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Invasives decreasing carbon stored in US forests

"In addition to cleaning the air and water, forests hold a tremendous amount of sequestered carbon. When trees die and then decay on the forest floor, that carbon is released into the atmosphere, a phenomenon that is one of the drivers of climate change. A first-of-its-kind study by a team that included the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and Purdue University scientists finds that non-native invasive insects and diseases are reducing the amount of…

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Added by Lew Ward on September 20, 2019 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Scientists are finding that forests aren’t as good at fighting climate change as we thought.

Hardly as drastic as the headline would make you think. More like fine tuning and the results really only applicable for Northern hardwoods such as the beech, sugar maples and yellow birch.---LEW…


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Added by Lew Ward on September 19, 2019 at 8:15am — No Comments

NYFOA WFL Firewood 4 Charity Initiative

On Weds, Sep 11 a little over two face cords were cut between 9AM and about 11:30.  David D, Jim M., Greg L. and Dave K. worked the shift.  A neighbor from down the street stopped in and worked for about an hour.

During the break we discussed the need for more volunteers.  Get in touch if you would like to volunteer or get more information.…

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Added by Dave Keebler on September 14, 2019 at 8:08pm — No Comments

New Beech Threat Nothing to Sneeze At

Beech Health Update

Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist

In the early 19th century, a Prussian diplomat asserted that “when France sneezes, the whole of Europe catches a cold.” Things changed, obviously. For a long while it has been an American financial sneeze able to make the world ill. Though China’s economy is projected to soon zip past ours, other countries still put hankies to their faces when the USA coughs.

Canada has been covering up for some time…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on September 14, 2019 at 10:10am — No Comments

Forest Pests are Exploding

Forest Health Forecast

If you’re tired of hearing about new invasive forest pests, I’m right there with you. Seems they arrive at an ever-increasing pace, and the harm potential ratchets up with each newcomer. At this rate maybe we’ll get a wood-boring beetle whose larvae explode, which would put things in perspective. As distasteful as it is to peer at the cast of ugly new characters, it’s better to know what we’re up against.

Novel pests put everyone on a steep learning…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on August 31, 2019 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Firewood for Charity Volunteers Visit Rotary Camp Onseyawa

On August 21st volunteers from NYFOA's WFL Chapter Firewood 4 Charity initiative and Wagner Hardwoods visited Rotary Camp Onseyawa.  The camp benefits from the money raised when the Rotary sells the firewood produced by the initiative.  Wagner Hardwoods delivers donated logs to the work yard where volunteers work year around to produce 40+ face cords. If you would like to learn more or join the group send an E-mail requesting information to …

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Added by Dave Keebler on August 28, 2019 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Emerald Ash Borer and Ash Management

Currently there are some ares of NY (and the NE) where the emerald ash borer (EAB) impact has resulted in significant mortality of ash, yet other areas without evidence of mortality. The unfortunate reality is that EAB will almost certainly infest all acres of NY woodlands that have ash, and the result will be widespread mortality. 

There are efforts at finding biocontrol agents, and we can remain optimistic that those will prove effective. These scientists are suggesting that while…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on August 20, 2019 at 8:39am — No Comments

Preventing Anthracnose and Apple Scab

Crabby Apples and Other Complaints

We waited a long time for summer to arrive this year, so it is unfair that some flowering crabapples are turning yellow and brown and shedding their leaves already. Mountain-ash, serviceberry, and hawthorn are also affected by the same disorder. Here and there a few maples and other species are also dropping random leaves, which are for the most part still green, often with patches of black or brown. The latter situation has a different origin, but…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on July 7, 2019 at 9:36am — 1 Comment

The role of sustainably managed forests in climate change mitigation.

The role of sustainably managed forests in climate change mitigation.

Steven Ruddell R. Sampson Matt Smith R. Giffen James Cathcart John Hagan Daniel Sosland John Godbee John Heissenbuttel Stephen Lovett ... Show more

Journal of Forestry, Volume 105, Issue 6, September 2007, Pages 314–319, https://doi.org/10.1093/jof/105.6.314

Published: 01 September 2007

See the pdf in the link.

An early paper on managing forests for…

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Added by Lew Ward on July 5, 2019 at 4:26pm — No Comments

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How long do brush cutter blades work?

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Ely McLaughlin 9 hours ago. 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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Nitrogen fixing bacteria for Alder trees

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn May 22. 7 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

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

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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

Electric Fencing

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry Jan 21. 0 Replies

Electric Deer Fence WorkshopLuke Freeman hosted a workshop at the incubator farm in Fayetteville, AR to demonstrate the use of the solar-powered electric deer fence. Luke built the fence with help from Extension specialist Kenny Simon and County…Continue

Beech control with triclopyr versus glyphosate

Started by Peter Smallidge in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn Nov 20, 2019. 3 Replies

[I'm pasting from a recent email thread]Question - I'm working on a couple beech regen and mid story control projects.   I have been using Garlon 4 in oil.   Works good, but sometimes I want it to move through the roots and the Garlon doesn't do…Continue

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