It’s hard to be cheerful in a job where I am expected to keep up on each newly arrived or imminent threat from invasive insects, novel plant diseases, and worrisome trends in the environment. Although I typically deflate everyone’s happy-bubble when I give a talk, I’ve discovered we need not fret that the sky is going to fall.
The National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) is a joint effort of research institutions, government agencies and nonprofit groups; their…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on June 29, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments
As many anglers know, trees and fish are closely related. Really; it goes way beyond basswood. The relationship is not in the sense of phylum or family, of course. And it's not like the way in which tomatoes and fish were briefly married in a 1996 experiment at Oakland, California-based DNA Plant Technology in an attempt to get a frost-tolerant tomato (or possibly a saucy fish). If it weren’t for tree cover, cold-water fish species would not survive in most of the…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on June 26, 2019 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Maple Motion Sickness
No one wants to be told they have a weathered complexion, but many trees this summer, especially maples, are looking a bit worse for the wear as a result of conditions earlier in the season. “Leaf tatter” is a term used to describe foliage which may be torn and bedraggled-looking, distorted, sometimes with blackened spots or zones. It can easily look like a disease or mysterious pest is ravaging the tree.
As tree buds open and young leaves begin to unfurl,…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on June 20, 2019 at 5:38pm — No Comments
The attached was provided at the New England Society of American Foresters meeting in Burlington, VT.
Now that the weather has finally warmed up, we can appreciate ice a little more. Among other things, ice greatly improves summertime drinks, and an icy watermelon is hands-down better than a warm one. And in this part of the world, ice also provides us with unique wildflower meadows. Along stretches of riverbank in the southern Adirondacks, rare Arctic-type flowers are blooming now in the fragile slices of native grasslands that are meticulously groomed each year by the…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on June 11, 2019 at 8:37am — No Comments
Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 28, 2019 at 7:51pm — No Comments
"The report recommends:
• Afforestation of around 30,000 hectares per year (increasing woodland cover from the current 13% of UK land area to 17%), combining this with an increase in active woodland management, increases the net forestry…Continue
Added by Lew Ward on May 26, 2019 at 10:18am — No Comments
NYFOA's WFL chapter F4C initiative received a nice load of split and debarked ash from Wagner Hardwood this week. Volunteer watch your e-mails for the dates and times of upcoming workdays.
Added by Dave Keebler on May 18, 2019 at 3:48pm — No Comments
Most Things in Moderation
As a teenager, my son had a saying, whether original or borrowed I don’t know (the saying, that is), which went something like “All things in moderation. Especially moderation.” It would seem Mother Nature took that to heart, and dispensed with moderate rainfall and snow melt this spring. If not her, then maybe it was Creepy Uncle Climate Change. At any rate, the resultant flooding has been heartbreaking to observe.
While I am of course sensitive to…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 6, 2019 at 1:20pm — No Comments
A New Silent Spring: Where Are the Turkeys?
"That habitat is declining, including on our national forests. The acreage of timber harvested on federal land has fallen dramatically in the last 30 years, thanks mostly to environmentalists. The mere mention of cutting a tree in a national forest is often met with a lawsuit, even though timber harvest ultimately results in outstanding wildlife habitat. Even private landowners are cutting fewer trees.
Those that do often replace…Continue
Added by Lew Ward on May 6, 2019 at 8:47am — No Comments
Plant a Legacy on Arbor Day
Muskrat Week. Velcro Month. Arbor Day. You know it’s an obscure event when the greeting-card trade hasn’t bothered to capitalize on it. While not the best-known observance, Arbor Day has a respectable history, as well as a local connection.
Rooted in northern NY, Arbor Day is observed on the last Friday in April. J. Sterling Morton of Adams, NY germinated the concept in 1872 to highlight the need to conserve topsoil and increase timber in his adopted…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on April 25, 2019 at 2:02pm — No Comments
Added by Lew Ward on April 22, 2019 at 12:42pm — No Comments
Developing an Understanding of Carbon Sequestration-Northeastern Woodlands
It was suggested by Brett Chedzoy that I develop a blog on the issue of carbon sequestration as it applied to forests and forest management decisions. Much of the emerging forestry science on the subject is counter-intuitive and perhaps that is what leads to the confusion. The other confusing issues are that carbon production/release, carbon sequestration, and climate change are…Continue
Added by Lew Ward on April 9, 2019 at 2:39pm — No Comments
Added by Lew Ward on April 9, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments
If anyone needs DEC pesticide Credits, this course was just approved for NYSDEC Pesticide Credits as follows:
5.50 in Categories 2, 3a, 9 and 10;
4.50 in Category 25;
3.00 in 6a;
1.00 in 1a.
ISA CEU Credit also pre-approved.
See sidebar under Upcoming Events for details.
Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 22, 2019 at 3:55pm — No Comments
The black cherry tree is widely distributed in the eastern half of North America. It grows everywhere in the United States east of the Mississippi River, except for the lower portion of that river valley itself, far northern Maine, and south of Lake Okeechobee in Florida. It can also be found in the Canadian Maritimes, the Midwest as far west as eastern Kansas and…Continue
Added by Ely McLaughlin on March 12, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments
After a winter fraught with temperature swings, ice and near-record cold such as this past one, being able to finally plant things outdoors is especially welcome. While flowers can be dug up and replanted around the yard much like arranging the lawn furniture, it is different with trees.
Consider that the act of planting a tree is in many ways a transcendent one. Sure, a new tree will give us shade, beauty, energy savings and increased…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 9, 2019 at 10:23am — No Comments
About a year ago, I started a paper, which attempts to describe all the trees found in New Hampshire, my home state. I started this project as a school project, where I would just observe trees and their habitats and write what I saw, but it quickly morphed into an informal research paper focused on silvics and commercial uses of the described…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on February 25, 2019 at 6:18am — No Comments
Tree Pruning Workshop
Neglecting Young Trees Leads to Delinquency!
When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Learning Center, 40 West Main Street, Canton
10:00 to 10:45:Tree Wound Response & Compartmentalization
10:45 to 11:15: Trees and Threes—The Commandments of Pruning
11:15 to 12:00: Why We Prune, & Reality…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on February 9, 2019 at 7:13pm — No Comments