WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Gypsy moth have run their course and defoliated most of the oak where I live. Seems like they like white oak the most. Gypsy moth larvae are metamorphosizing into little brown moths. At this time, many of our defoliated trees–which are so bad thatContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I think part of the reason why I’ve been less squeamish about “development” in comparison to others is that I grew up seeing New York State in abandonment. There were so many abandoned farms, houses, and even large resorts where the forest was literallyContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Those of you living in the southern Catskills and Hudson Valley are aware of the severe impact gypsy moth¬†(Lymantria dispar dispar) are having on trees this year. Oak is their preferred species for leaf defoliation. In my yard, they have completely stripped white oak.Continue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? One of the most interested trees–for me–is surely the pitch pine. It can grow on thin “soils”, or pretty much a crack in a rock. It can withstand areas highly exposed to wind, ice, heavy snow, or fire. On better sites, it can attainContinue Reading