As has been documented in several newspaper articles, and our own eyes, there has been widespread mortality of trees in Connecticut in the past few years. A 2-year drought combined with an outbreak of gypsy moth has been devastating to oak trees, particularly in the eastern part of the state. Meanwhile in the western part of the state, mortality of ash trees from emerald ash borer is spreading. In this workshop, we will discuss the history and current extant of these two problems, how and when trees can be saved, how to safely remove trees that cannot be saved, some potential uses for the wood resulting from these removals and finally some of the legal issues surrounding dead trees.
CEU Credits: CT Arborist License (3D) – 5.0 CEU’s, Tree Wardens’ Association – 5.0 CEU’s, ISA – 5.0 CEU’s and TCIA CTSP – 1.0 CEU.
Where: CT Agricultural Experiment Station – Jones Auditorium, 123 Huntington Street, New Haven
Date: Monday, March 25, 2019
8:00 – 8:30 – Check in, coffee etc.
8:30 – 8:45 – Welcome, logistics – (organizers)
8:45 – 10:00 – How did we get here, and where are we now? – History and biology of the two pests, compare contrast (gypsy moth cyclic, EAB here and awful), Current distribution of mortality, what to expect in the next year or so. Dr. Claire Rutledge and Dr. Kirby Stafford CAES
10:00-10:20 – Break
10:20 – 11:00 – Not Dead Yet– How to decide whether or not to save a dying oak, or ash? Tree condition, future prospects, other issues, when to treat. Dr. Rich Cowles, CAES
11:00 -12:00 – OK, it’s dead – now what? Safe removal of Ash and Oak. – These are very different trees, and they react differently to these pests. How can you get them down with minimal risk. Dr. Brian Kane, UMass
12:00 -1:00 Lunch – box lunch provided
1:00 – 2:00 – Wood Recovery – some options for the cut down trees. Tom Worthley, UCONN
2:00 – 3:00 – Legal Concerns around Dead Trees – If you are a commercial arborist, or a municipal employee, what are the liabilities and concerns with these dying trees? Who is responsible if they fall? Can you cut a tree down if an abutting neighbor asks? Mike Galvin, SavaTree
3:15 – Credits