THOUSAND CANKERS DISEASE (TCD) UPDATE – DON’T RUSH TO CUT WALNUT TREES

THOUSAND CANKERS DISEASE (TCD) UPDATE – DON’T RUSH TO CUT WALNUT TREES

The long-term outlook for eastern black walnuts (Juglans nigra) seemed dire when the Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) complex was confirmed in Butler County, OH, in 2013. Thankfully, TCD has not followed the devastating trajectory we originally feared. It is not rolling through our native black walnuts à la emerald ash borer….

DEVELOPING A PLAN TO CARE FOR YOUR FOREST

DEVELOPING A PLAN TO CARE FOR YOUR FOREST

If you were to ask a forester to define forest management, he/ she would probably tell you something like: “Forest manage- ment is the application of appropriate technical forestry prin- ciples, practices, and business techniques (e.g., accounting, cost/benefit analysis, etc.) to the management of a forest….

USING LOCAL WOODLOT LUMBER

USING LOCAL WOODLOT LUMBER

Ohio’s Appalachian hardwoods are unique in their variety, quality and beauty. Ohio’s forests contain well over 100 different hardwoods and 25 different softwood tree species. Historically, humans have used wood and wood products for shelter, fire, and in war, making wood an integral part of our civilization. We use wood because it is easy to work with….

ENHANCING FOOD (MAST) PRODUCTION FOR WOODLAND WILDLIFE IN OHIO

ENHANCING FOOD (MAST) PRODUCTION FOR WOODLAND WILDLIFE IN OHIO

The term ‘mast’ was probably first used to describe a food source for domestic livestock. Webster defines mast as “the fruit of oak or beech or other forest trees used as food for hogs and other animals.” When foresters and wildlife biologists use the term….

OHIO’S NEWEST INVASIVE INSECT: THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY

OHIO’S NEWEST INVASIVE INSECT: THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY

Thanks to world trade, there is another new invasive, destructive insect flying around in North America. The spotted lanternfly was likely introduced around 2012 in eastern Pennsylvania via some egg matches attached to some shipping crates from China….

OAK DECLINE IN VIRGINIA

OAK DECLINE IN VIRGINIA

Why are my oaks dying? This is one of the most common questions we receive in the Virginia Department of Forestry’s Forest Health Program. If we’re lucky, there is an obvious answer such as defoliation by an invasive insect or chemical damage by herbicide sprayed on adjacent crops. Nine times out of ten, however, the answer is not so easy …

FINANCIAL MATURITY

FINANCIAL MATURITY

When a forest is harvested using either the individual tree or group selection method1, trees to be cut or retained are commonly selected based on a number of factors including species, quality, diameter, distance from other trees, health and vigor, non-timber value (e.g., wildlife, aesthetics, etc.), risk of loss or damage ….