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!

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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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Yes, there is something wrong with the white pines

During the spring of 2016, a dramatic decline of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) has been observed throughout southern New England. MTWFA has been receiving calls and offers this link to a special report by Nicholas J. Brazee, Ph.D., Plant Pathologist at the UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab on needle browning and canopy dieback of this key species.  In some cases, only a few main branches are symptomatic whereas on other trees, the entire canopy exhibits the symptoms. Dr. Brazee’s article was posted in the UMass Extension Landscape Message for June 3, 2016 under Woody Ornamentals: Diseases.

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Western Mass Tree Wardens: Summer Meeting

Join us for this fourth meeting of the Western Massachusetts Tree Wardens, a sub-group of the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association.  Rick Harper of UMass will present Planting to Promote Tree Health and Prevent Pests, followed after dinner by an outdoor, hands-on demonstration. Meet and network with tree wardens, tree companies, and utility arborists from western Massachusetts. Online registration is now available. To register by mail or fax, use the registration brochure. Please note that advance reservations are required. Continuing education credits will be available: ISA (2) and MCA (1).

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