It was nearly 400 years ago that the Pilgrims sat down with the Wampanoag to share the feast that is immortalized as Thanksgiving. We don’t know the exact menu. According to Kathleen Wall, foodways culinarian at Plimoth Plantation, venison, fowl and corn were documented by attendees, but, beyond that, we can only speculate. I asked if we could speculate about chestnuts.
“We can’t say for sure, but the odds are pretty good,” she says. “They’re right in season. Both cultures knew them and used them.”
Gypsy moth caterpillars consume the leaves of deciduous tree species, most preferably oak and maples. During heavy infestations, I have seen them devour the leaves of practically every type of tree. This is one of the reasons why several Pocono communities, with large tracts of forested land, are concerned about another outbreak of gypsy moth caterpillars such as we experienced a few years ago.
Several states are trying to protect their borders from a little beetle that could cost the black walnut industry millions of dollars. Thousand cankers disease has been confirmed in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Vermont, Nevada, California, Idaho, Washington, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia.
New York agencies have confirmed the presence of southern pine beetle (SPB) in three locations along the southern shore of Long Island. Personnel from multiple agencies worked together to verify the presence of this destructive beetle after the discovery of dead and dying pine trees in portions of the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Connetquot River State Park and the Henry's Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest. This is the first detection of SPB in New York State.
Researchers with the USDA Forest Service are looking for ash trees that survived the attack of the emerald ash borer.
The invasive insect has been spreading across the Midwest and beyond since 2002, killing millions of ash trees in its wake.
The Northern Research Station has launched a new online reporting tool. They want people in 10 counties in southeast Michigan and 7 counties in northwest Ohio to report the location of ash trees that have survived the infestation.
Oak trees can be found all over the world, but they save their full display for the United States. More than 50 species of oak grow from coast to coast, and in a few unique places like Michigan, still form the basis for a rare and valuable ecosystem known as oak savannas.
The mountain pine beetle epidemic has been plaguing Colorado's pine forests for nearly two decades.
While the beetle is natural part of the eco-system, it began to spiral out of control in 1996. Scientists said that's when warmer temperatures and increasing drought conditions began to stress the trees, making them more susceptible to a beetle invasion. Then, the beetles went to lunch.
"People started seeing the effect of these mountain pine beetles on forests: needles that are dying, trees that are on their way to dying," said Chris Strebig of the U.S. Forest Service.
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