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David J Vinish II liked Paul J Hetzler's blog post Tips for Winter Tree ID
Dec 28, 2021
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Dec 28, 2021
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Dec 28, 2021
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Wood Heat: Up In Smoke?

Where There’s SmokeAn upswing in woodstove use might sound yawn-worthy, but recent findings about the dire health effects of wood smoke might mean the long-term future of wood as a heating fuel is in question.As someone who grew up with wood heat, I assumed  it was hands-down one of the most sustainable, eco-positive fuels for home heating. Like many other widely shared conventions, it turns out the veracity of that assumption depends on a lot of things.How many people burn wood in a given…See More
Dec 18, 2021
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

how trunk decay works (and doesn't)

Lips and Walls: Digging into Tree DecayWhen clients call about decay in large older trees, every so often it’s necessary to respond that I’m not interested in hearing any lip from them. I do this respectfully of course.It’s a frequent misconception that the roll of callus tissue or “lip” that trees produce at the margins of a wound will cause, or at least accelerate, trunk rot by catching and holding a small amount of rainwater. It makes perfect sense to us that if an open tree wound is allowed…See More
Nov 19, 2021
Bill Pontius liked Paul J Hetzler's blog post HELP PREVENT OAK WILT
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HELP PREVENT OAK WILT

Painting Our Way Out of a CornerIt’s normal to tune out all the Chicken Littles (such as yours truly) who run around squawking about this or that invasive forest pest or disease that pose a threat to trees. I mean, how many times can the sky fall, anyway? But the real danger is when we feel so overwhelmed that we throw up our hands. Thinking we can’t make a difference could result in more harm to forests than the pests themselves.There’s a pithy fable about a child who rescues starfish from the…See More
Aug 9, 2021
David J Vinish II liked Paul J Hetzler's blog post Tips for Winter Tree ID
May 18, 2021
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Gypsy Moths

Like a B-grade horror film sequel, the aliens have awakened once again. Perhaps we felt a glimmer of hope at the end of the 2020 version when an entire generation of ruthless monsters died off in droves and left us in peace. But remember that closing shot of their disgusting, furry egg-mass blobs cleverly hidden out of sight? Well they’re hatching now.If you missed last year’s gypsy moth performance, you have a better chance of catching it this season. Unfortunately. Based on egg-mass sampling,…See More
May 17, 2021
Laura Bailey liked Paul J Hetzler's blog post Tips for Winter Tree ID
Apr 20, 2021
Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Garlic Mustard Management

Do Nothing about Invasive PlantsPaul Hetzler, ISA Ceritfied ArboristUntil recently, ignoring problems in hopes they’ll go away hasn’t served me well. However, a decade-long study done by Cornell University researchers has clearly shown that avoidance is the best way to manage garlic mustard (Allaria petiolata), a pernicious exotic plant. Evidently I’ve been doing a great job in the fight against this aggressive and troublesome invader.Native to most of Europe and parts of western Asia and…See More
Apr 16, 2021
Scot Burritt liked Paul J Hetzler's blog post Forget Covid -- Lyme is Worse
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Paul J Hetzler posted a blog post

Tips for Winter Tree ID

Tree Buds: Honest FriendsHow to distinguish one leaf-bereft hardwood from another in winter is more of a challenge than summer tree ID, but there are practical reasons – and a few offbeat incentives – to tell one species from another in the dormant season. Hikers and skiers can benefit from such a skill, and in survival situations, hydration and warmth may depend on it. And if you’re among those who adore wintertime camping, you can have more fun when you know common woody species.In late…See More
Mar 9, 2021
Michael Dirac liked Paul J Hetzler's blog post New Wood Markets for Novel Forest Products
Feb 21, 2021
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Feb 21, 2021

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I am a Certified Arborist who owns 77 acres of hardwood forest, and who enjoys spreading the word about proper tree care and forest stewardship.

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Wood Heat: Up In Smoke?

Posted on December 18, 2021 at 1:20pm 0 Comments

Where There’s Smoke

An upswing in woodstove use might sound yawn-worthy, but recent findings about the dire health effects of wood smoke might mean the long-term future of wood as a heating fuel is in question.

As someone who grew up with wood heat, I assumed  it was hands-down one of the most sustainable, eco-positive fuels for home heating. Like many other widely shared conventions, it turns out the veracity of that assumption depends on a lot of things.

How many…

Continue

how trunk decay works (and doesn't)

Posted on November 19, 2021 at 9:47am 0 Comments

Lips and Walls: Digging into Tree Decay

When clients call about decay in large older trees, every so often it’s necessary to respond that I’m not interested in hearing any lip from them. I do this respectfully of course.

It’s a frequent misconception that the roll of callus tissue or “lip” that trees produce at the margins of a wound will cause, or at least accelerate, trunk rot by catching and holding a small amount of rainwater. It makes perfect sense to us that if an open…

Continue

HELP PREVENT OAK WILT

Posted on August 9, 2021 at 9:57pm 0 Comments

Painting Our Way Out of a Corner

It’s normal to tune out all the Chicken Littles (such as yours truly) who run around squawking about this or that invasive forest pest or disease that pose a threat to trees. I mean, how many times can the sky fall, anyway? But the real danger is when we feel so overwhelmed that we throw up our hands. Thinking we can’t make a difference could result in more harm to forests than the pests themselves.

There’s a pithy fable about a child who…

Continue

Gypsy Moths

Posted on May 17, 2021 at 7:54pm 0 Comments

Like a B-grade horror film sequel, the aliens have awakened once again. Perhaps we felt a glimmer of hope at the end of the 2020 version when an entire generation of ruthless monsters died off in droves and left us in peace. But remember that closing shot of their disgusting, furry egg-mass blobs cleverly hidden out of sight? Well they’re hatching now.

If you missed last year’s gypsy moth performance, you have a better chance of catching it this season. Unfortunately. Based on…

Continue

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At 1:33pm on November 20, 2019, Joanne Vaughn said…

We will be doing a survey of trees in 8 acres heavily affected by EAB in Monroe County NY.

I will contact you sometime in a year if we find any survivors. 

Joanne Vaughn

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Agroforester Job Posting - 1/9/22

Started by Katie Commender in Agroforestry Dec 16, 2021. 0 Replies

Greetings,Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) is searching for an Agroforester to join our team! This new position will focus on alley cropping and silvopasture, and will be responsible for co-developing agroforestry trainings for natural…Continue

Spotted lantern fly in maple stands - effects?

Started by Tim Levatich in Forest Health Sep 9, 2021. 0 Replies

Hi, All.I've been reading brief mentions that spotted lantern fly "likes maple". I'm wondering if there is any experience so far with what happens to a forest that has a heavy proportion of maple composition and is hit with a SLF infestation. Our…Continue

Tags: grapes, orchard, fruit, slf, lantern

Hypo-hatchet

Started by Mike Blasko in Woodlot Management Jul 28, 2021. 0 Replies

I just got a hypo-hatchet to use for beech hack and squirt treatments. The manufacturer states to only use with Amine herbicides only. Is glyphosate an Amine or Ester herbicide?Continue

IPhone surveys

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Peter Smallidge Jul 13, 2021. 13 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

Forester recommendations?

Started by Roger Rodriguez in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Michael Dirac Jul 10, 2021. 2 Replies

We are new to forestry ownership and need some advice. We would like to be good stewards of the property and also provide occasional profit of some kind, especially to offset the taxes we pay on the property. I was thinking tree farming (?) as a…Continue

succession after a pine plantation

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management Jun 23, 2021. 0 Replies

About 1982 I planted 8000 white pine in a former pasture on the advice of my ex-forester with an OK from the DEC. They got badly weeviled.  I thinned   every third row  and  later also   hit  the most damaged ones which were left.  I hoped to favor…Continue

Hemlock

Started by Chaz U. Farly in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Jim Martin Jun 23, 2021. 2 Replies

Is there a reason the State of New York stopped selling hemlock seedlings? I'd made up my mind that I'd like to plant a hundred, maybe more, for my grandsons to enjoy, but find no source. Continue

How long do brush cutter blades work?

Started by Joanne Vaughn in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn May 19, 2021. 8 Replies

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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