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posted Feb 5, 2019, 7:40 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Feb 5, 2019, 7:42 AM ]

The Town of Ithaca is conducting a study to improve pedestrian accessibility along Trumansburg Road/Route 96 within a 1.3 mile study corridor stretching from City of Ithaca (Cliff Street) northerly past Cayuga Medical Center to Hayts Road. More info...

Ithaca Conservation Award Nominations Invited

posted Jan 14, 2019, 12:02 PM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Jan 14, 2019, 12:16 PM ]

The Town of Ithaca's Conservation Board invites nominations for their 16th annual Richard B.
Fischer Environmental Conservation Award. This award honors the late Dr. Fischer for improving
Ithaca's natural environment. A Cornell professor, nature lover, and member of our Conservation
Board, he erected many bluebird houses and helped establish New York's bottle law to reduce
waste and litter. 

Since 2003, the Town's Conservation Board has honored Betsy Darlington, Dan Hoffman, The
Museum of the Earth at PRI, Jane Moon Clark, the Ithaca College Natural Lands Committee, the
Cayuga Trails Club's Tom Reimers, the Founding President of the Finger Lakes Land Trust A. Carl
Leopold, EcoVillage at Ithaca, Cayuga Compost, the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program,
the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, the Six Mile Creek Water Quality Monitors at CSI, the
Cayuga Nature Center Summer Camp Program, the Black Diamond Trail Enthusiasts Network,
and Anthony Ingraham and Elizabeth Bauman.

Both Individuals or organizations who have taken the initiative to improve Ithaca's natural
environment are eligible candidates for nomination. Selected awardees will have their names
added to a plaque in Town Hall and attached to a tree planted at a celebration in their honor in a
Town park or trail. Birch, beech, maple, oaks, poplar, sycamore, juneberry, pine and apple trees
have been dedicated at 15 ceremonies celebrating the many ways Ithaca’s loved wildlands have
been improved by honored winners.

Please nominate someone or a group you believe responsible for making Ithaca more
gorgeous. Nominations for the 2018 award must be received no later than February 28, 2019.
For submission guidelines, including news and photos of recent awardees, click HERE or
email  Michael Smith at Town Hall  or call 607-273-1747.

Residents of the Town of Ithaca interested in improving and preserving our environment are also
invited to attend the Conservation Board's meetings in Town Hall on the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 PM. For more information regarding the Town’s Conservation Board , click HERE

Town Board Meeting Schedule for 2019 - Change from past years

posted Jan 10, 2019, 12:02 PM by Lisa Carrier-Titti

The Town Board has decided to change its meeting schedule to the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

The second Monday is the regular business meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Boardroom and the fourth Monday is the Study Session beginning at 4:30 p.m in the Aurora Room entering through the back door.

When a holiday falls on the second Monday, the meeting is pushed to the following Monday and in most cases, the second meeting is canceled.  The schedule is as follows:

January 7th and 28th

 February 11th and 25th

 March 11th and 25th

 April 8th and 22nd

 May 13th – No Study Session due to holiday

 June 10th and 24th

 July 8th and 22nd

 August 12th and 26th

 September 9th and 23rd

 October 3rd  – Budget Meeting

 October 21st – later due to holiday/no Study Session due to holiday

 November 18th -- later due to holiday/no Study Session due to holiday

 December 9th and 23rd

 End of Year TBD


Ash Trees in Ithaca

posted Sep 20, 2018, 7:06 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Sep 20, 2018, 7:11 AM ]

Ash trees grow fast and well in Ithaca. But they can die quickly, too, especially now that the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle is here.  EAB has killed millions of trees in North America since its invasion began in the late 1990s. If you have ash trees on your property, it's time now to plan a defense against this lethal pest.

Ash can grow to a large tall oval shape in an open field, with buds, leaves and branches opposite from each other; their bark ridges show diamond shapes once they're old enough, their fat brown buds sprout compound leaves, with 5-11 leaflets arranged in a line, one leaflet at the end. Their seeds grow in clusters of single thin paddle-shaped wings.

When EAB attack ash, their small (3/4-inch) metallic green adults lay eggs that grow into bark-burrowing larvae that chew S-shaped tunnels under the bark. The bark splits and can be peeled off to reveal these sideways-wandering tunnels as the tree dies. When the larvae mature they chew out of the bark leaving 1/8-inch D-shaped exit holes in a dying tree that will have plenty of thin, dead, leafless branches on it. One of the best ways to identify EAB-infested trees is in the winter to look for the light patches on the trunk that have been pecked away by woodpeckers.

Once a tree is severely infested, it will sprout leaves directly from its trunk, and become a dangerous source of falling limbs.  Such dead or nearly dead ash trees are hard to cut down, as the wood becomes brittle and apt to fall in winds or when arborists attempt to remove it. Proactive treatment with a pesticide is cheaper than tree removal, but the treatment needs to be reapplied every two-three years. Many homeowners opt to have their trees cut down by certified arborists, which presents a permanent option for addressing the inevitable hazard.

Please make sure you plan ahead, before your ashes become hazardous!  Applying an insecticide can keep EAB out of your tree. If they've just started to attack, it may not be too late. Please, don't travel anywhere with ash firewood, as the grubs travel much faster that way than the adult EABs can fly.

To learn more about identifying EAB, see this MSU EAB fact sheet at http://www.emeraldashborer.info/documents/E-2938.pdf 

A bulletin on EAB pesticide options may help you keep an ash you love, check: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/files/multistate_EAB_Insecticide_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Virginia Tech has a good EAB iBook, and an online course you can take that was funded by the USDA Forest Service; go to www.hort.vt.edu/eab 

From the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board, September 2018

Residential Rental Regulations

posted Jun 5, 2018, 6:36 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Dec 4, 2018, 6:29 AM ]

The Town of Ithaca approved legislation that will affect owners of residential rental properties by expanding the town’s current operating permit program to include rented single family homes, accessory dwellings (apartments), and duplexes. READ MORE...

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