TWO! October workshops

Now available: online registration for Chain Saw Safety with Dan Tilton. You can also download or watch your incoming mail for the brochure with paper registration form. Don’t delay – this workshop always fills up quickly.  And what a deal – a second workshop the same week: online registration for Establishing Trees in Urban Environments.  You can also download or watch your incoming mail for the urban tree planting brochure with paper registration form. 

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Drought continues throughout Northeast

Severe drought conditions have developed as a result of below-average rainfall during this spring and summer.  John Parry of the U.S. Forest Service shared this website for drought updates and information from across the Northeast US.  For additional Massachusetts-specific data and recommendations, see also the UMass Extension Landscape Message.

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Saluting Branches looking for 2016 volunteers

Volunteers needed to support the 2nd annual Saluting Branches on September 21 at the National Cemetery in Bourne. Saluting Branches: Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance is an opportunity for tree care professionals throughout the country to unite and do what we do best – provide exceptional tree care – to keep our veterans cemeteries safe, beautiful places for all those who visit. We have a great opportunity right here in Massachusetts at the National Cemetery in Bourne. Your donation of time and equipment on this day will go a long way in helping restore and rejuvenate the landscape at this site where so many veterans are memorialized. We can use help in a number of areas including: pruning, chip crews, tree planting, climbers, PHC, ornamental pruning, and stump grinding. We have close to 75 volunteers signed up now, but still need your help!  Questions? Send an email.

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More updates on white pines, and on gypsy moth

UMass Extension is a go-to resource for the latest news on what’s happening with our trees.  If you’re not already receiving updates, a subscription to the UMass GreenInfo email list is free and will keep you informed about new publications, educational opportunities, pest alerts, current research at UMass, and important updates to their web site.

The UMass GreenInfo email list is linked to the popular Landscape Message. This week’s message, June 17, 2016,  includes more on the white pine and gypsy moth issues, among other topics. By joining the list, you will receive notification in your email whenever a new Landscape Message is posted. Highly recommended!

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White pine decline: there may be more to the story

Thank you to our colleagues in Connecticut for this link to more information about the white pine decline and also about this spring’s outbreak of gypsy moth.

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