Dr. Susan Stout (USFS, retired, Research Forester Emerita) presented a ForestConnect webinar on June 21 that explained the history and utility of relative density. Dr. Stout explained relative density in the context of "stand density index", "tree-area ration" and ultimately the stand stocking charts as developed by Gingrich. All these designed to provide a metric to understand competition among trees and improve production per acre.
The link to the webinar archive is…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on June 21, 2023 at 6:30pm — No Comments
It Takes a Village
The decline in children’s mental health during COVID-19 restrictions is a poignant reminder that we’re a social species, hardwired for contact with others. The saying “It takes a village to raise a child” is spot-on. Whether a literal village or a caring community within a city, we all – children especially – need regular interaction with peers and supportive mentors.
In a different sense, but true nonetheless, it takes a village to raise a forest. In this…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 23, 2023 at 3:06pm — No Comments
The New York State Association of Conservation Commissions is seeking speakers for its October 6th conference. NYSACC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support municipal environmental committees, boards, and commissions throughout New York.
NYSACC is looking for panelists conversant with existing tree funding available to NYS municipalities and counties, and if possible, someone who can supply application info and due dates. In addition, the conference hopes to help…Continue
Added by Haven Colgate on September 7, 2022 at 9:08pm — No Comments
(I haven't seen this type of project before, and thought it interesting and worth sharing here. See contacts below if you have questions. Peter)
The Village of Hastings on Hudson herby invites the submission of proposals
email for information: Aaron Podhurst <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hillside Woods and Park Restoration Project Management and
Other Landscaping and Horticultural Services:
Village of Hastings-on-Hudson…
Today's (20april2022) ForestConnect webinar was by Steve Roberge of UNH, NH state extension forester. Steve was presenting from work done at UNH about tactics that loggers and foresters use, voluntarily, to stabilize their logging site and ensure they can continue to access and work their job during extreme weather events. Winters are often without snow or freezing and ground conditions might limit production. This…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on April 20, 2022 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Some foods give us gas, but gas is what ultimately gives us maple syrup. If not for gas bubbles in the wood, sap wouldn’t flow. Who knew maple trees were CO2 powered?
A mere two decades ago, arborists were at a loss to explain what caused maple sap run. We'd typically mumble something about transpirational vacuum in the canopy before changing the subject. Everyone knows sap runs when warm days follow freezing nights. But it wasn’t until recently that the mechanism behind…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 19, 2022 at 6:54am — No Comments
Looking for a way to enhance property value, save energy costs, boost mental health, and help the planet in one simple, low-cost step? Yeah, me too. Let me know if you think of something.
Seriously, though, a few well-placed trees in one’s yard typically add at least 5% to a property’s value. Having large older specimens (of trees, I mean) around the house can push that figure close to 20%. In terms of energy savings, deciduous trees on the southern and western sides of a house tend…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on February 16, 2022 at 3:21pm — No Comments
Beech Gone Wild: Raging Hormones
The American beech (Fagus grandifolia) has been slowly dying out for the last 140 years. As a result, beech saplings have overrun many woodlots, making them less diverse, less vigorous, and less valuable.
That’s right – beech decline has led to a beech proliferation so extreme that in some places they are a barrier to forest regeneration. I’d call this an oxymoron, but don’t want to insult the bovine community. Strategies do exist to…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 17, 2022 at 12:18pm — No 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.
Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 18, 2021 at 1:20pm — No 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
Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 19, 2021 at 9:47am — No Comments
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Added by Peter Smallidge on September 15, 2021 at 12:00pm — No 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
Added by Paul J Hetzler on August 9, 2021 at 9:57pm — No Comments
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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
Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 17, 2021 at 7:54pm — No Comments
Over the past 2 years, many counties across NYS have experienced gypsy moth outbreaks and based on the density of egg masses recorded in some areas of the state, it might very well be another high population year. Calls and emails have already started coming in from concerned individuals who experienced tree defoliation last year or have noticed egg masses lining the branches of their trees. Over the weekend, I was weeding along the side of my house and thought I saw ants crawling along the…Continue
Added by Laura Bailey on April 20, 2021 at 1:38pm — No Comments
Do Nothing about Invasive Plants
Paul Hetzler, ISA Ceritfied Arborist
Until 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…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on April 16, 2021 at 8:13am — No Comments
Tree Buds: Honest Friends
How 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…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on March 9, 2021 at 6:57pm — No Comments
On March 11, 2021 we had the pleasure of working with colleagues from Yale School of Forestry (Dr. Joe Orefice) and a private consultant (Jeff Jourdain) to zoom with natural resource professional of the NY Soil and Water Conservation District Annual meeting. The session we offered was titled "Restoring Ecological Function and Production to Woodlands." This blog is our way to share documents mentioned during that training or otherwise of interest to participants and practitioners in…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on March 2, 2021 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Sapsuckers and Other Insults
Icebreaker exercises are apparently meant to help awkward group events like staff development days feel even less comfortable. I recall a workplace training where we had to inform the group what animal best represented our personality. I was going to say “squirrel” but got distracted by something out the window, and forgot. In retrospect I should have chosen the yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), since I spent much of that same event…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on February 5, 2021 at 12:10pm — No Comments
Wooden You Know
As a card-carrying, registered tree hugger, I have long touted the benefits of trees such as carbon storage, energy savings and improved mental health. And beyond the familiar tree-related blessings such as maple syrup, lumber and firewood, I’ve written about some obscure things like birch-based candy that fights tooth decay, and health-promoting chaga tea derived from a birch fungus. Then there’s basswood bark for fiber, elm bark for baskets, and pine bark for lunch.…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on January 9, 2021 at 1:23pm — No Comments