State Agencies Encourage Public to Report Findings of Invasive Pest 

Spotted lanternfly, Photo: Lawrence Barringer,
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture,

August 14th, 2020: The New York State Departments of Agriculture and Markets (AGM), Environmental Conservation (DEC), and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) today confirmed that Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest from Asia, has been found on Staten Island.  Several live, adult insects were discovered by OPRHP staff in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.  SLF (see photo below) is a destructive pest that feeds on more than 70 plant species, including tree-of-heaven, and plants and crops that are critical to New York’s agricultural economy, such as maple trees, apple trees, grapevine, and hops.


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Why Forest Owners Need the Game of Logging

Cornell Co-Operative hosts Game of Logging Classes at a subsidized rate. Photo by Eric Jenks

If you have any interest in using a chainsaw to maintain your property, you’ve probably heard of Game of Logging. This should be the first thing you should do when you’re considering being a forest owner,” said Dan Carusone, a program coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Warren County. “There’s a great deal of trail maintenance, thinning, etc., where a chainsaw comes in handy. Chainsaws are one of the most dangerous tools to run improperly. But when you know how to use it properly, it becomes one of the most efficient tools that you could ever own. Game of Logging is the most comprehensive workshop on chainsaw safety there is. It starts with the basic anatomy of a chainsaw, how to maintain it, sharpen the chain, and then starts in with the field work of how to cut logs on the ground and how to drop trees. Each participant in the course has to do all of that, including dropping two trees. That last part makes hosting the course difficult, as we have to find community members where having 20 trees dropped at one time on their property isn’t a big deal.

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DEC: Remember to Report Turkey Sightings in August

Let DEC Know about the Turkey Population in your forested lands this summer. Photo by Deb Watson, Flickr

From the DEC: While you're out exploring the forests and fields around your home this summer, be sure to keep an eye out for wild turkeys, and let DEC know what you see.

Reported observations of wild turkeys are used to track changes in abundance and productivity (number of poults produced per adult hen) over time and in different parts of the state. It also helps forecast hunting prospects for the coming fall season and for subsequent spring seasons. When you see turkeys in New York this month, let DEC know! Download survey forms from DEC's website or submit your observations online. Thanks for your help!

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Thematic Investing in the Digital COVID-19 World and Beyond

From Vermont Woodlands, Association: On September 15th, Jack Salzman, Sr Managing Partner of Kings Point Capital Management, will be presenting on effective investment strategies to help investors thrive in a COVID-19 pandemic era and well into the future.

About Salzman: He is the former Director of US Equity Research at Goldman Sachs, was awarded “Best Analysts of all Time” by Institutional Investor, and is the former Chair of Pace University Endowment, which routinely placed in top quartile for university endowments.

Click here to register.

Sponsored by Kings Point Capital Management

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Making The Most of a Tree Epidemic

The Emerald Ash Borer. Photo by Nature Serve, Flickr 

A large portion of North America’s 8.7 billion ash trees are now infested by a beetle called the emerald ash borer.

Since its discovery in the U.S. in 2002, the emerald ash borer has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees, drastically transforming entire forest ecosystems in the process. As of October 2018, infestations have been found in 35 U.S. states and several Canadian provinces.

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