Nearly 100 tree care professionals and municipal tree managers gathered on March 7 at the Martha Eddy Room, NYS Fair Grounds, to get some practical education about managing for emerald ash borer. The all-day event organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension with its partners: Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District; National Grid; Region 7 Urban Forestry Council; New York State Departments of Transportation, Conservation and Agriculture and Markets; and, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, was designed for tree care professionals and contractors, and municipalities considering hiring these professionals to manage ash trees infested with EAB. The collaborators all have representatives involved in the Onondaga County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force, a group of agencies, municipalities, homeowners and volunteers that has been meeting monthly to plan for the arrival of EAB in the County in order to be proactive about management and response efforts.
“Declining and dying ash is an incredibly important issue that many municipalities and homeowners will be dealing with in the next few years,” said Jessi Lyons, Natural Resources Team Coordinator at CCE Onondaga. Emerald ash borer was confirmed in Onondaga County in July 2013. After a tree is infected with EAB, it dies within 2 to 7 years if left untreated. “Since ash becomes dry and brittle quickly, they present serious threats to structures, utilities, property and people, as well as removal challenges for tree care professionals,” explains Lyons. Additionally, municipalities bidding out work must be in compliance with various New York State labor laws. Because of all these factors, the event focused on hazard tree management and safety, agency coordination and communication, labor laws, and pesticides and compliance with laws about moving infested wood material.
Representatives from ten municipalities were present, as well as tree care businesses of various sizes from across the State. Lyons explained that getting everyone in the same room at the same time has the added benefit of providing perspective for all parties. “Some of the tree care professionals will be bidding on jobs in municipalities. It’s valuable for all parties to know the challenges facing the other, as well as what compliance issues are involved with commerce and labor.”
The program was so popular that tree care professionals came from areas outside Onondaga County to benefit. People arrived on Friday morning from as far away as Buffalo, Plattsburgh and Long Island – a testament to the need for the program.
For more information on emerald ash borer in Onondaga County and New York State, visit the EAB page on CCE Onondaga’s web site http://www.extendonondaga.org/natural-resources/invasive-species/terrestrial-animals/eab/ and the New York State Invasive Species Clearinghouse website http://www.nyis.info/?action=eab.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County is offering a half-day recertification course for NYS DEC aquatic herbicide applicators.
The course will be hosted at The Creamery, 28 Hannum St., Skaneateles from 12:30-5:00pm on April 10th.
The course will consist of three one-hour presentations on aquatic herbicide use for invasive vegetation. NYS DEC pesticide applicator credits will be awarded for 5a, 9, 10 and core credit categories. You MUST have your NYSDEC pesticide applicator license to receive credits.
12:30 Check In & Introduction (Roy Widrig, CCE Onondaga)
1:00-2:00 Overview of Aquatic Regulations and Permitting Requirements (Don Nelson, NYS DEC)
2:15-3:15 Hydrilla Management: Control Options and Cayuga Inlet Case Study (James Balyszak, CCE Tompkins)
3:30 Chemically Treating Water Chestnut in a River System (Russell Nemecek, Onondaga County Health Department and John DeHollander, Oswego County Soil & Water)
4:30-4:45 Closing Remarks
Please have your NYS DEC pesticide applicator license with you at all times during the course. Credit will not be given to attendees who do not attend entire sessions. Any questions can be directed to the host, Roy Widrig at firstname.lastname@example.org. Credits are currently pending.
Space is limited. Please fill out one registration per attendee. No group registrations.
Funding for this event is provided by the City of Syracuse Water Department.
Blazing Stars 4-H Club Tack Sale
Saturday, March 22, 2014 10am-1pm
at Big Rock Stable
4876 Vinegar Hill Road
Elbridge, NY 13060
Consignments taken 3/21 3-7pm & 8am-9am
15% Consignment fee on items or buy a table space for only $25
For more info: call (315) 673-7242
All Proceeds to benefit the Blazing Stars 4-H club
Directions from rt 321: Turn north onto Stump Rd. Turn right onto Vinegar Hill Road at the first stop sign. Farm is at the bottom of the hill, on right. Look for yellow barn.
Directions from Rt 5: Turn south onto South St at the light in Elbridge. South St turns into Vinegar Hill Rd. Follow 2 miles farm Is on Left. Look for yellow barn.
Please feel free to contact Blazing Stars if you have any questions, or take a look at their website, http://www.blazingstars4h.com/
Onondaga County 4-H Program wishes to thank the Baldwinsville Tractor Supply Company Store on Route 31 for hosting our 4-H youth on Saturday March 1st for an Agricultural Education experience.
A seminar on the horse’s digestive system anatomy, nutrition, feeds and feeding was offered by Sammi Clark, Northeast Territory Sales Manager for Blue Seal Feeds owned by the Kent Nutrition Group. Ms. Clark demonstrated the digestive anatomy of a horse with hoses and plastic containers. She discussed how different sections of a horse’s gut process the food and how long it takes. Later she engaged the youth in the store to locate and read the nutrition labels on feed packages. The 4-H youth learned about the different products that are available and asked many questions.
Darlene LaFave, Receiving Manger at the TSC Store and equine expert, shared information resources and reviewed good horse care techniques. She talked about equine diseases, vaccines, and de-worming protocol along with First Aid treatment for injured animals.
The educational day continued with a visit to a local stable for more hands on review of horse tack and equine science.
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Please help support CCE Onondaga’s 4-H youth programs by participating in 4-H’s Plant Sale! See the flyer below for more info.
If you’d like to order a plant and support your 4-H youth, please e-mail Onondaga4H@gmail.com, or call Janet Warner at 315.673.4223
- Tree Care Professionals and Municipal Officials Increase Knowledge of Ash Tree Management
- Announcing Herbicide Management for Aquatic Invasive Plants – April 10
- Blazing Stars 4-H Club – Tack Sale!
- Tractor Supply Company Store Hosts Onondaga 4-H Youth for Agriculture Education on Equine Nutrition
- Onondaga County 4-H Plant Sale