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The Shade Tree Newsletter
Volume 92, Issues 1 & 2
January-February 2019

Editor: Richard S. Wolowicz
Executive Director: Donna Massa
ISSN # 0037-3133

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Director's Discourse

By Donna Massa

October 24-25, 2019 • Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center
Happy New Year!
Wishing you all the very best
for the year ahead!

Be sure to save the date for this year's NJ Shade Tree Federation 94th Annual Conference! The Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill is unavailable to us in 2019 so we are heading to Harrah's Resort & Conference Center in Atlantic City and I THINK YOU ARE GONNA LOVE IT!

The Conference Center is located away from the Boardwalk and the heart of the city. The property is easy to navigate from the parking garage directly to the Conference area. Stay tuned for new and exciting details as the year progresses and we explore this wonderful property!

NJ Shade Tree Federation Profit & Loss Statement

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LTE Page: Winter Stresses on Trees and Shrubs

Winter's heavy snow and ice, as well as frozen soil conditions, can damage cherished trees and shrubs in suburban landscapes. Even areas without major snowfall experience high winds and huge fluctuations in temperatures during winter. But homeowners can lessen the adverse effects of winter weather with preventive maintenance.

What Can Happen in Winter, and How You Can Avoid It

“Branches of trees can break due to the excessive weight of ice or snow,” says Tchukki Andersen, staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. “Proper pruning encourages the formation of the strongest possible branches and branch attachments. When pruning alone isn't enough… read more

Arborists are Bringing the “Dinosaur of Trees” Back to Life

By Ephrat Livni • January 9, 2019 • qz.com

Imagine scientists reviving giant creatures that once roamed the Earth. Well, that's what arborists are doing today, only they're cloning saplings from the stumps of the world's largest, strongest, and longest-lived trees — felled for timber more than a century ago — to create redwood “super groves” that can help fight climate change.

“Most redwoods don't live to be 1,000 years old, and only two to three percent live to be 2,000 to 3,000 years old,” says David Milarch, founder of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a US nonprofit that propagates the world's largest trees. “We're looking for the biggest, oldest trees with the strongest immune systems who can survive in current climate conditions. We know something is special about them.”

Using saplings made from the basal sprouts of these supertrees to plant new groves in temperate countries around the world means the growths have a better chance than most to become giants themselves.… read more

Announcing the 2019 SMA Urban Tree of the Year! American Hophornbeam

By Michelle Sutton • Editor, City Trees
Magazine of the Society of Municipal Arborists • January 13, 2019

Each fall, Society of Municipal Arborists members vote for the Urban Tree of the Year. In 2019, members are elevating American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), a very tough tree with subtle, often underappreciated beauty. It is a medium-sized tree in the birch family that has an extensive native range east of the Rockies, from Manitoba to Florida.

“Ostrya virginiana has common names that include American hophornbeam, Eastern hophornbeam, hornbeam, ironwood, leverwood…a poster child for why common names can be a problem,” says Cornell Urban Horticulture Institute Director, Nina Bassuk. She describes Ostrya as an understory tree that is distinctive for its bark, which looks like thin, evenly spaced stringy strips lightly exfoliating from the trunk.… read more


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