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2019 Bolton Point Water Quality Report

posted May 30, 2019, 9:28 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Jun 17, 2019, 8:08 AM ]

Below is the 2019 Bolton Point Water Report
Questions should be directed to: Glenn Ratajczak, Production Manager

607.277.0660 x241 or gratajczak@boltonpoint.org



TOWN OF ITHACA CONSERVATION BOARD TO HONOR THE NEW YORK STATE HEMLOCK INITIATIVE

posted May 22, 2019, 6:43 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated May 22, 2019, 6:43 AM ]

The New York State Hemlock Initiative is the recipient of the 16th annual Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award . The award was established in 2003 by the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board to honor Dr. Fischer for his significant efforts to preserve important environmental resources in the Town.

 

Members of the Conservation Board will present the award to representatives of the New York State Hemlock Initiative at a tree planting ceremony on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:00 pm at the Town of Ithaca’s Forest Home Park.  Forest Home Park is located on Forest Home Drive at the intersection with Pleasant Grove Road, near the downstream bridge over Fall Creek.

 

The New York State Hemlock Initiative (https://blogs.cornell.edu/nyshemlockinitiative/) is being honored for their persistence, dedication, and foresighted strategies for preserving the crucial place eastern hemlocks hold in our natural areas as they are attacked by the invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA).  For the past decade, Cornell forest entomologist Mark Whitmore has been working to implement effective biological controls throughout New York to manage HWA populations. Now a team of thirteen, the New York State Hemlock Initiative is working to improve lab rearing techniques for HWA predator insects, develop field protocols for successful biocontrol establishment outside of the lab, and spread the word about hemlock conservation.

 

For questions, please contact Michael Smith, Senior Planner.

 

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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