Date: Friday June 1st, 2018 (Rain or Shine) Time: 8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m. (Registration & breakfast – 8:30-9:15 AM) – PLEASE TRY TO BE PROMPT Place: The Stag Lake Tree Farm on Stag Pond Road which is off Amity Road, Andover (Byram Township), NJ 07821
Cost: $30.00 each person (kids under 18 free) – Healthy continental breakfast and lunch included.
Registration Deadline: Friday May 25th, 2018. If you have any questions please contact Dennis Galway at 908-696-9133
Who: Organized by NJ Tree Farm Program
What (provided by NJ Tree Farm Program): There are lots of habitat types our resource specialists can provide great information about them and to help you understand how everything is interconnected. There have been several storms since 2012 as everyone knows including Hurricane Sandy and the folks at Stag Lake with the help of their foresters have done a lot of work since last we visited. We will be able to see management of multi-aged forests, non-native invasive plant management, management for game and non-game wildlife species, including some threatened and endangered species. We’ll have our usual concurrent sessions to give you choices and opportunity to attend sessions in both the morning and the afternoon. We will have a portable sawmill demonstration, horse logging demonstration, Tree ID walk, and we hope to have a forestry equipment demonstration. There will be members from the New Jersey Forest Service (NJFS) including the State Forester and representatives from the Natural Resource & Conservation Service (NRCS) to help answer any questions about farmland assessment, the new Stewardship Act, and cost-sharing.
Why: Come share with us in celebrating the forests and learning more about them, renewing relationships and making new ones, and congratulating your peers for their outstanding achievements in forest resource management.
Farmland Assessment Filing Season Approaching, Ends July 31
Written by Steve Kallesser
The deadline for filing for Farmland Assessment is August 1, 2018. There are no extensions on this deadline. We look forward to seeing our clients in June or July (or receiving their information through the mail). As discussed in our instructions (see link below), we are offering a discount for all clients who bring or mail in their forms and provide payment on or before July 13.
As a reminder, our instructions to our clients can be downloaded by clicking here. A questionnaire to help organize your thoughts and paperwork can be found by clicking here. Our calendar showing our business hours can be opened by clicking here. And lastly directions to our office are found by clicking here.
Please note that if you wait until the last two days of the season -- and we must remind you several times -- we will charge a Premium Service Fee for the extra service of reaching out during our exceptionally busy season.
If you have any questions, please give us a call at (908) 781-6711 or e-mail us.
Health and Safety Alert: Emerald Ash Borer
Written by Steve Kallesser
Since 2002, we have watched the progressive spread of the invasive insect, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), from the first discovery of the beetle in Michigan, to the recent discovery of the insect in New Jersey, in the spring of 2014. Today, EAB is present throughout the Gracie & Harrigan service area.
Recently, the New Jersey EAB situation took a dangerous turn as the first known injury by an EAB-infested tree occured at Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Ash trees are known to become abnormally brittle shortly after their death. EAB infestations begin in the top of the tree, and ash trees have normally been infested for 3 years before symptoms become noticeable to people on the ground. So, when a chainsaw sends vibrations up the tree as it is being cut down, it is not uncommon for limbs and branches to break off and fall down upon or near the cutter.
The risk to landowners and arborists is real. We have been told that at least two New Jersey tree services are refusing to cut down dead ash trees, out of concern for their workers' safety.
We urge clients with white ash trees within striking distance of their homes, utility lines, outbuildings, playgrounds, etc. to address the ash trees before they begin showing symptoms. (Ash trees out in the woodlot that are not within striking distance of commonly used hiking trails could be left for woodpecker and other wildlife habitat.)
It is estimated that 95 to >99% mortality will occur among our native white ash population. There is no known treatment within the forest, however, individual specimen trees in yards and along roadways can be treated with an insecticide that is watered into the roots of the tree on a yearly or biannual basis by a homeowner or a tree service, or through bark or root injection by a qualified professional. Now is the time to begin treatment of specimen trees.
What can be done in your woodlot now? For areas of the forest with a high concentration of ash trees, consideration should be given toward how you want your forest to be post-EAB. Plans should begin for invasive species control, to prevent unwanted proliferation of invasives following EAB mortality. Planting and protecting native tree seedlings will help to establish new tree growth, which will help to transition the forest following ash mortality.