(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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 26, 2018 at 12:58pm — No Comments
When 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…Continue
(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 Wild
The 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…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 7, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments
This is the best time of year for finding EAB infestations. Several localized ash trees with woodpecker damage is a good sign to followup. Take pictures, gps coordinates and report new infestations (especially finds not mapped by DEC) to: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/72136.html
I found this tree while out walking my dogs, I would have been skiing if there was enough snow. I returned to peel and verify using a draw knife. Then…Continue
Added by Michael Griggs on February 27, 2018 at 4:53pm — No Comments
Winter continues in full force and the need for firewood is relentless. Our partners at the Rotary of Walworth-Ontario continue to raise funds for Camp Onseyawa (https://www.onseyawa.org/) through the sale of C4C firewood. Camp Onseyawa is a special place for children with special needs and our region's Rotarians make it all happen.
While I was sitting by the fire on January 26 and 27, the C4C team worked hard on the fine, seasoned ash…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on February 16, 2018 at 11:12am — No Comments
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New Online Tool Helps Producers Estimate Carbon Stored in Soil --- https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/home/?cid=STELPRDB1119532 ;
New Online Tool Helps Producers Estimate Carbon Stored in Soil ---…
Added by Alicia Rose on January 25, 2018 at 5:26pm — No Comments
Many of you have visited Cornell's Arnot Teaching and Research Forest over the past year and noticed some big changes, namely several large regeneration harvests aimed at replacing aging stands with new ones that are as good or better as the old ones in terms of future quality and value. For those of you who won't make it back there anytime soon but are interested in following the progress, I'll provide periodic updates here.
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…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 14, 2018 at 8:18pm — No Comments
We're short? How can that be? We were way ahead of schedule for this year!
With the recent cold snap, the need for firewood is relentless. The Rotary of Walworth-Ontario needed an additional eight facecords and the Canandaigua Rotary needed two more, all to help Camp Onseyawa. But.... we only had six stacked and ready to go. So, a Flash Mob was called for High Noon on January 10 to make more heat! Fortunately, thanks to Wagner Hardwoods, we have material that is ready…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on January 12, 2018 at 5:28pm — No Comments
Decline of Garlic Mustard @ 5:14
Added by Lew Ward on January 12, 2018 at 12:44am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 8, 2018 at 1:38pm — No Comments
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Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 3, 2018 at 7:59pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 2, 2018 at 3:50pm — No Comments
Almost 3 million acres of forest in the Northeast is poorly stocked from some combination of exploitive harvesting, poor soils, disease, or insect infestation. An additional 7.5 million acres is one poorly executed harvest away from being of degraded condition. Exploitive harvesting, also known as selective cutting, high-grading or diameter-limit…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on December 23, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments
A Perfect Day! Sunshine, good friends, the aroma of two-cycle oil and the dulcet tones of a growling chainsaw. It just doesn't get any better than that! That's Jim on the saw, piling up the rounds and chips.
We just received word from Jonathan Wordingham of the Ontario-Walworth…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on December 13, 2017 at 7:37pm — No Comments
Golden Goose Forestry
What 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,…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 8, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments