The deadline for filing for Farmland Assessment is August 1. There are no extensions on this deadline. We look forward to seeing our clients in June or July (or receiving their information through the mail). As discussed in our instructions (see link below), we are offering a discount for all clients who bring or mail in their forms and provide payment on or before July 14.
As a reminder, our instructions to our clients can be downloaded by clicking here. A questionnaire to help organize your thoughts and paperwork can be found by clicking here. Our calendar showing our business hours can be opened by clicking here. And lastly directions to our office are found by clicking here.
Please note that if you wait until the last two days of the season -- and we must remind you several times -- we will charge a Premium Service Fee for the extra service of reaching out during our exceptionally busy season.
If you have any questions, please give us a call at (908) 781-6711 or e-mail us.
Join Us for Tree Farm Day on June 2nd
Written by Steve Kallesser
We hope to see many of you at the annual Tree Farm Day sponsored by the New Jersey Tree Farm Committee. This year’s program will be at the Bieber family Tree Farm in Lafayette/Sparta, NJ. The program is packed with many opportunities including learning about forest pests and diseases, exotic invasive plant control, tree identification, management of wildlife habitat, as well as other programs. Many of these programs run concurrently, so you will have the opportunity to participate in several choices. In addition, there will be a silent auction with many interesting and useful items, a 50-50 raffle, a raffle of a Stihl product, and the presentation of the Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year and the Forest Stewardship Landowner of the Year awards. The program begins at 8:30 am and continues through till 4:00pm, and includes both breakfast and lunch. Registration is $30 per person, and $25 for each additional person in your party.
Since 2002, we have watched the progressive spread of the invasive insect, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), from the first discovery of the beetle in Michigan, to the recent discovery of the insect in New Jersey, in the spring of 2014. Today, EAB is present throughout the Gracie & Harrigan service area.
Recently, the New Jersey EAB situation took a dangerous turn as the first known injury by an EAB-infested tree occured at Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Ash trees are known to become abnormally brittle shortly after their death. EAB infestations begin in the top of the tree, and ash trees have normally been infested for 3 years before symptoms become noticeable to people on the ground. So, when a chainsaw sends vibrations up the tree as it is being cut down, it is not uncommon for limbs and branches to break off and fall down upon or near the cutter.
The risk to landowners and arborists is real. We have been told that at least two New Jersey tree services are refusing to cut down dead ash trees, out of concern for their workers' safety.
We urge clients with white ash trees within striking distance of their homes, utility lines, outbuildings, playgrounds, etc. to address the ash trees before they begin showing symptoms. (Ash trees out in the woodlot that are not within striking distance of commonly used hiking trails could be left for woodpecker and other wildlife habitat.)
It is estimated that 95 to >99% mortality will occur among our native white ash population. There is no known treatment within the forest, however, individual specimen trees in yards and along roadways can be treated with an insecticide that is watered into the roots of the tree on a yearly or biannual basis by a homeowner or a tree service, or through bark or root injection by a qualified professional. Now is the time to begin treatment of specimen trees.
What can be done in your woodlot now? For areas of the forest with a high concentration of ash trees, consideration should be given toward how you want your forest to be post-EAB. Plans should begin for invasive species control, to prevent unwanted proliferation of invasives following EAB mortality. Planting and protecting native tree seedlings will help to establish new tree growth, which will help to transition the forest following ash mortality.