By Bill McNee, DNR forest health specialist, Oshkosh, Bill.McNee@wisconsin.gov, 920-360-0942
Fall is an excellent time to look for and dispose of gypsy moth egg masses that were laid in the summer. Since egg masses usually don’t hatch until April, information gained from fall/winter surveys can be used to avoid gypsy moth damage before the following spring and summer.
Spraying egg masses with oil kills the eggs inside, preventing hundreds of caterpillars from hatching next spring.
Continue reading “Look for gypsy moth egg masses”
By Kyoko Scanlon, forest pathologist, Fitchburg, Kyoko.Scanlon@wisconsin.gov, 608-275-3275
The Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) program with University of Wisconsin Extension is offering a training session for Forestry (Category 2.0) in January 2020. The training is a one-day indoor session to review the materials in the training manual. A certification exam will be administered at the end of the day by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
This training will be held January 24, 2020 in Stevens Point at the Portage County Courthouse Annex Building (1462 Strongs Avenue).
Pre-registration is required and the fee is $30. For more information, visit the PAT website. When you are ready to register, visit the PAT program online ordering page.
Chainsaw safety training will be held this fall at Riveredge Nature Center near Newburg, WI.
Join Safety and Woods Worker (SAWW) trainer Luke Saunders (forester with Adaptive Restoration LLC) for a hands-on training in chainsaw use, maintenance and technique. Spend time both outside and in the classroom practicing how to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably and productively.
There will be two training levels offered on different dates. Level 1 chainsaw training will be held November 5 and level 2 will be held on November 11. Please note that you must have completed level 1 before enrolling in level 2.
Please see below for more details and to register:
While tree inventories are often pursued by municipal governments and other entities intensively managing individual trees, they are not often conducted on school campuses. Fortunately, both for the students and the trees on school properties, this is starting to change. Continue reading “Tree inventory workshops for educators”
Looking for some general guidance when it comes to trees and the law? Check out this article titled Practical Tree Care Makes Good Neighbors from the International Society of Arboriculture’s consumer education web site, Trees Are Good.
Please consult your legal advisor for information on state and local laws and how they apply to specific situations.
Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control (UWDAC) grants help urban areas develop wildlife plans, implement specific damage abatement and/or control measures for white-tailed deer and/or Canada geese.
UWDAC grants are available to any town, city, village, county or tribal government located within an urban area. Applications must be received on or before December 1 and awards are announced in January of the grant year. For more information please visit, https://dnr.wi.gov/aid/uwdac.html.
The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program grant period is open. This is a competitive grant program through the USDA Forest Service whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations and Native American tribes are eligible for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. Continue reading “Grants: community forest & open space conservation”
Vibrant cities cultivate thriving urban forests that boost public health, safety, sustainability and economic growth. A city’s green infrastructure — trees, vegetation and water — is just as important as its roads, pipes and power lines. Continue reading “Vibrant Cities Lab”
Twenty-one Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI) graduates from communities across Wisconsin came together on two of the most beautiful days in September to participate in the Graduate Workshop II. This training and hands-on practice directly increases a community’s capacity to effectively manage its tree program. Continue reading “CTMI graduate workshop II”
Wisconsin Active Together names three new communities! Check out their work to advance strategies for safe places to walk, bike and be active! Continue reading “Wisconsin Active Together recognizes new communities”