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Forestry Insights (Our Blog)

No Cicadas? Thank the Rain!

May 29, 2013 Charlie Leigus

It seems even cicadas don’t like going out in the rain.   The anticipated emergence of billions of 17-year cicadas this spring _ already in full throttle from the Carolinas to central New Jersey _ has been suppressed so far in North Jersey, as wet and much cooler weather swept in this week just as the inch-long bugs were set to crawl from the ground.

  Periodical cicadas usually emerge only when the soil temperature reaches a sustained 64 degrees, and this week’s cooler air and rain have prevented that.

Emerald Ash Borer on the Move in CT!

May 20, 2013 Charlie Leigus

Emerald Ash Borer Collage

 From E.R. Hinman:

All of New Haven County is currently under quarantine. Wood producers and wood users within this county should be aware of the regulations that are in effect regarding the movement of wood products in and out of the quarantine area. Interested parties should contact the CT Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven with any questions or concerns.


New Haven, CT – The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) announced today that the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) (EAB) has been detected in another Connecticut town – Hamden – so this invasive insect has now been found in nine Connecticut towns, all in New Haven County.  This detection originated with a report and pictures submitted to the Office of the State Entomologist from a homeowner showing the insect’s galleries in their dying ash.

The emerald ash borer is responsible for the death and decline of tens of millions of ash trees from the mid-west to New York State and south to Tennessee.  Ash makes up about 4% to 15% of Connecticut’s forests and is a common urban tree.

The insects were previously confirmed in Prospect, Naugatuck, Bethany, Beacon Falls, Waterbury, Cheshire, Oxford, and Middlebury as part of surveys conducted by CAES, The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), and the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension via an agreement with USDA APHIS PPQ in joint efforts to detect the presence of EAB or the extent of the current New Haven County infestation.  EAB has also been identified in Dutchess County, New York and Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

“While most detections of EAB have been a result of our cooperative survey efforts, reports from Connecticut residents are also important to our efforts to detect and slow the spread of this destructive beetle” said State Entomologist Kirby C. Stafford III. EAB Awareness Week is May 19-25th to increase public awareness about EAB and public education is important to the detection and proper response to EAB.

“This latest finding is a stark reminder of the devastation this tiny imported insect will have on Connecticut’s ash trees.  DEEP reminds everyone that one of the best ways to combat the spread of EAB is to not move firewood – remember to buy local and burn local.  We also encourage property owners to seek professional guidance from licensed arborists or certified foresters on steps they can consider to protect their own ash trees.” said Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty.

In Connecticut, a quarantine has previously been established that regulates the movement of ash logs, ash materials, ash nursery stock, and hardwood firewood from within New Haven County to any area outside of that county.  The quarantine currently applies to only that part of the state and mirrors a federal quarantine also imposed on New Haven County.  The Hamden detection does not change the current quarantine.

In addition to the quarantine, regulations are in effect regulating the movement of firewood from out-of-state into Connecticut or within Connecticut.  These regulations were put in place to ensure that EAB and other invasive insects are not carried into Connecticut, or spread throughout New England, through the shipment of firewood.

Detailed information about the quarantine and the firewood regulations can be found at www.ct.gov/deep/eab or www.ct.gov/caes.

The emerald ash borer is a regulated plant pest under federal (7 CFR 301.53) and state (CT Gen. Statute Sec. 22-84-5d, e, and f) regulations.  For more information about the EAB, please visit the following website: www.emeraldashborer.info.  A fact sheet providing guidelines on the treatment of ash trees to protect them from EAB is also available at www.ct.gov/caes.


Dr. Kirby C. Stafford III, Ph.D.

Vice Director, Chief Scientist/State Entomologist

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

123 Huntington Street (zip 06511)

P.O. Box 1106

New Haven, CT 06504

Phone: (203) 974-8485

High Fire Danger

April 29, 2013 Charlie Leigus

Spring has arrived and mulching season is in full swing. Along with the  sunshine and warm weather comes the threat of uncontrolled fires that can be detrimental to forests. Leaf litter that accumulates through the fall becomes very dry at this time of the year and is prone to rapidly spreading fires. Please remember to take care to completely extinguish all outside fires before leaving them unattended!

Reminder, Fire Hazard Ahead

April 26, 2013 Charlie Leigus

I was reminded as I drove past DEEP Eastern District Headquarters earlier today, that forest fire danger is HIGH!

The DEEP’s Forest Fire Control Office urges all who enjoy the use of Connecticut’s parks, forests and open spaces, to use fires with caution and heed the following recommendations especially during forest fire season:

  • Obey local laws regarding open fires, including campfires;
  • Keep all flammable objects away from fire;
  • Have firefighting tools nearby and handy;
  • Carefully dispose of hot charcoal;
  • Drown all fires;
  • Carefully extinguish smoking materials.

For more information, click the link, below:



Arbor Day ceremony to be held at Conn. Capitol

April 26, 2013 Charlie Leigus

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Arborists and other environmental advocates are planting a tree near the state Capitol in Hartford to celebrate Arbor Day.

The Connecticut Tree Protective Association on Friday will plant a northern red oak, a classic tree from the eastern U.S. known for its strong wood and its acorns. A ceremony is scheduled at 10 a.m.

The association is also scheduled to present awards to the winners of a poster contest for fifth graders from across Connecticut. More than 100 students submitted a poster of their favorite tree. One winner will be selected from each of the state’s eight counties.

The Connecticut Tree Protective Association is a non-profit educational organization composed of over 800 arborists and others who advance the care of the state’s trees.

For more information, click on the link, below:


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