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The Shade Tree Newsletter
Volume 90, Issues 3 & 4
March-April 2017

BULLETIN OF THE NEW JERSEY SHADE TREE FEDERATION
Editor: Richard S. Wolowicz
Executive Director: Donna Massa
ISSN # 0037-3133

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VENUE & DAYS CHANGE FOR 2017 ANNUAL MEETING

In the ongoing efforts to hold educational sessions to meet the needs of our members, this year the Federation's Annual Meeting will be held on October 19th and 20th. That's right — on a THURSDAY and FRIDAY!
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UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF TRANSPORTING FIREWOOD

By Marcia Anderson

Over the past 15 years, exotic insects like the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer (EAB), and hemlock woolly adelgid have killed millions of trees in cities and forests across the United States. Once established in new areas, these pests can quickly kill trees in our favorite forests, parks, communities, and campgrounds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that over 30 million ash trees have already been killed by the emerald ash borer in Michigan alone, with millions dead or dying in other states (see related blog)…read more

MAKE YOUR MUNICIPALITY A TREE CITY USA MUNICIPALITY

Have you applied for or renewed your Tree City USA application? If your municipality maintains a tree board or department, has a community tree ordinance, spends at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrates Arbor Day, chances are your municipality may be eligible to apply to be a Tree City. The Tree City USA program provides direction, assistance and national recognition for your community. Contact Carrie Sargeant, Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator at 609-633-2320 for more information…read more

PURCHASE A “TREASURE OUR TREES” LICENSE PLATE

Have you purchased a “Treasure Our Trees” license plate yet? It can be purchased for personal or commercial vehicles. The purchase of this dedicated license plate helps fund New Jersey's Shade Tree and Community Forest Program. Proceeds from the sale of these beautiful plates will fund tree planting projects, improve wildlife habitats, promote clean air and water, reduce energy costs, fund hometown beautification projects and educate the citizens on the importance of trees, forests and their role in the maintenance of a clean and healthy environment.

To apply online, go to www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/order_specialty.htm or elect to purchase a “Treasure Our Trees” license plate when you renew your vehicle registration.


CTE PAGE:  SPRING PLANTING SEASON — SELECT THE RIGHT TREE

Selection of trees for planting in a home landscape depends on the desired effect and the purpose the trees will satisfy in the landscape, explains Tchukki Andersen, staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. "Will they attract birds to the area?" she asks. "Shade a patio? Screen an unsightly view? Enhance the appearance of the home? Identify an entrance or exit? Trees can provide contrast and relief from surrounding building and create seasonal interest in areas near the home," says Andersen…read more

RUTGERS' NEW PINK DOGWOOD ADDS BREAKTHROUGH COLOR TO THE LANDSCAPE

By Andrea Alexander

After decades of breeding, researchers released the Scarlet Fire, the first Asian dogwood of its kind with deep pink color. Rutgers researchers have developed a hardy, pink dogwood tree that promises to add vibrant color to the landscape in New Jersey and beyond…read more

SIGN UP FOR THE ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THE SHADE TREE

Are you tired of waiting by your mailbox – anxiously awaiting the postal service to deliver your copy of The Shade Tree? The NJ Shade Tree Federation's bimonthly publication is dedicated to elaborate on education and new advances in the tree industry. Avoid the wait. You can sign up for electronic delivery of The Shade Tree.

Contact Donna Massa at the Federation's office by email: NJshadetreefederation@att.net. Electronic delivery can save you up to two weeks of waiting over hard copies being processed through the US Postal Service.

A TREE OF LIFE

NJ Municipalities, February 2017

Buena Vista is celebrating the life of a giant white oak tree that resided in the township for 235 years. After the tree's death, the township started a fundraising campaign to hire a professional chainsaw carver to sculpt highlights from the township's 150 years of history in the tree's trunk and lower limbs, creating a permanent memorial. Carvings would include symbols such as a tractor to represent the farming industry…read more

STUDY: INVASIVE BUGS FOUND IN FALLEN TREES YEARS AFTER STORM

Agricultural and Forest Entomology, January 2017

CONCORD, N.H. — They may be down but they're not out: Damaging insects can emerge from fallen trees and logs for several years after a major storm, according to a U.S. Forest Service study…read more

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