Your Association is run entirely by volunteers and in need of help on the education committee. Please contact President Rob Viani (email@example.com) or Steve Broderick if you would like to help out. A very little time and effort can go a long way!!
NEW MAPS OF WOLF DEN LAND TRUST/ECLFA PROPERTIES AVAILABLE ONLINE
New MAPS that you can click on or download are now available online for ECFLA properties. Some of the properties have a trail system, and are open to the public for passive recreation such as birding and day hiking. No motorized vehicles are allowed.
WALKTOBER VIDEO on forest management and conservation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV0GbPrZ4D8. See the Walktober tour with Hull Forester Mike Bartlett, discussing The Last Green Valley and landowner options for forest management and conservation.
IN THE NEWS
Reminder News article - Forest landowners learning best practices from ECFLA, 06/17/2013
Reminder News article - Foresters Preach Good Stewardship Practices, 11/04/2013
EMERALD ASH BORER FOUND IN CT
Earlier in the year the state of Connecticut imposed the first restrictions on movement of firewood as a result of a new invasive pest, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), having been found in New Haven county. Those regulations continue to evolve, and include more counties, as more evidence of this pest is found. The current regulations govern the movement of firewood within Connecticut as well as firewood entering and leaving the state. The DEEP Division of Forestry has an excellent web page on this issue that provides the latest information, including explanatory maps. If you are interested check it out at: DEEP: Regulation on Movement of Firewood and CT map of spread of EAB in CT, along with a photo of the EAB.
CT TREES AND FOREST CORN MAZE
For a truly fun and educational experience this fall, Steve Broderick of UCONN recommends checking out Chris Kueffner’s Connecticut Trees and Forests corn maze on Merrow Road in Mansfield (http://merrowmaze.com/). Folks of all ages will learn and enjoy.
INVASIVE PLANT GUIDE AVAILABLE
The U.S. Forest Service State & Private Forestry Division has just published a new, weather-resistant, color illustrated, pocket-sized “Invasive Plants Field and Reference Guide: an ecological perspective of plant invaders of forests and woodlands.” To quote the introduction, “the purpose of this particular field guide is to give a scientific synthesis of what is known about the behavior of such species in managed, disturbed, and pristine forested systems, in addition to key information for accurate identification.” The guide includes an extensive list of citations of peer-reviewed research on each species for those who wish to learn more. The pages are bound in a steel-ring loose leaf format, and the Forest Service anticipates printing additional sheets that can be added to the guide. Single copies can be obtained by contacting Tom Rawinski at the U.S. Forest Service Durham New Hampshire office: (603)868-7642 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Laume, a master woodworker in Chaplin, is volunteering
to make bluebird nestboxes for sale at fairs ($8.00, including an educational brochure). For more information about how to attract bluebirds and maintain a bluebird trail, see Sialis.org.
ECFLA DONATES BLUEBIRD BOXES TO TRAIL DEDICATED TO ROBERT V. SMITH
A bluebird trail set up at the closed Woodstock Landfill includes boxes donated by ECFLA/WDLT. The trail is dedicated to Robert Smith, who built thousands of bluebirds boxes for ECFLA.
DEER MANAGEMENT GUIDE PUBLISHED
Cornell Cooperative Extension has a new publication to help communities address deer management problems: Community-Based Deer Management: A Practitioner’s Guide <http://cce.cornell.edu/store/customer/home.php>, by Daniel J. Decker, Daniela B. Raik, William F. Siemer. This guide synthesizes a growing body of research and field experience to describe specific key dimensions to consider when engaging in community-based deer management.
You can obtain a copy at the secure online bookstore: www.cce.cornell.edu/store, or call (607-255-2080) or fax (607-255-9946) your order with a valid credit card, or mail a check for $19.95 (includes shipping) to The Resource Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension, P.O. Box 3884, Ithaca, NY 17852-3884. Make your check payable to Cornell University. See list of other publications useful to forest landowners.
Researchers and foresters are concerned that Sudden
Oak Death has the potential to have a catastrophic impact similar
to that of Dutch Elm Disease or Chestnut Blight. Sudden Oak Death
has never been found in the wild in the eastern United States.
To date, it has been found only on nursery stock in nurseries. The CT Agricultural Experiment Station has now confirmed that Sudden Oak Death has been imported into Connecticut on infected nursery stock, which was then sold and planted in the environment. For more information see a DEP Forestry advisory at http://ecfla.org/sod.htm.
LAW HELPS LANDOWNERS WITH ATV AND SNOWMOBILE
Public Act 03-276 requires that operators of
snowmobiles or all terrain vehicles, when operating such
a vehicle on any lands, fenced and/or posted or otherwise,
obtain written permission and carry such permission on
their person while operating such vehicles on such properties.
(Effective date: 7/1/03.) "NO ATV" signs will be available for sale at the ECFLA/WDLT booths at the 2004 Brooklyn and Woodstock Fairs, for $4 each, or 3 for $10 while supplies last. For more info, click here. Also see Dennis Hodgin's article: Connecticut's Worst Invasive Species - ATVs.
Photo by Cherie Layton, The BluebirdNut