Arbor Summer Program for High School Students

The Arbor Education Program at UMass and Stockbridge School will hold its second annual one-week intensive summer course for pre-college students who want to learn about the science and business of arboriculture and the basic skills required. Arborists are in great demand and there are multiple career opportunities for those with training and education in the field.  The course will be held July 13-17, 2015.  For more information, please visit http://www.umass.edu/summer/precollege.html and click on the link for “Urban Forestry”, or contact rharper@eco.umass.edu.

 

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Urban & Community Forestry is at a turning point.

You can influence the next Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan. Share your ideas, comments, and your votes about specific priorities. VOTE NOW. Comments are due Friday, December 19.

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Register Now for Annual Conference

You have options! Registration is now available, any way you want to do it:

Register online with a credit card

Register by mail: download the fillable 2015 Registration Form, then print and mail with your payment (check-credit card-purchase order)

Register by fax: download the fillable 2015 Registration Form, then print and fax with your payment (credit card or purchase order)

Register by email: download the fillable 2015 Registration Form, then print and email (purchase orders only).

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Statewide Winter Moth Survey – You Can Help

Have you seen moths flying around during late fall or early winter, or have you seen moths gathered at your porchlight? You could be seeing an invasive species known as winter moth. Help gather information about the distribution of these moths across Massachusetts by filling out the survey at the Massachusetts Introduced Pests outreach site.

Winter moth caterpillars are highly efficient tree defoliators, often stripping the leaves of oaks, maples and other hardwood trees down to lacy skeletons. In mid-to-late fall, at a time of year where insect activity is practically at a standstill, these small brown winter moths will be seen across the eastern half of the state, sometimes congregating at porch lights by the hundreds.

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Massachusetts Implements State-wide Wood Quarantine

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced a state-wide Massachusetts quarantine to help slow the spread of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The quarantine will take effect Monday, November 17, 2014. Find a link to the press release at  http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/news-and-advisories/ or download it directly. The quarantine order means that certain products will be prohibited from moving outside the regulated area, including all hardwood firewood (any piece of wood smaller than 48 inches), all ash nursery stock and any ash lumber that has not been treated. Proper wood treatments include the removal of bark and half an inch of wood, dry kiln sterilization, fumigation and heat treatments.

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