The Hartland Land Trust has continued its Speaker Series that started with Jason Hawley’s presentation in September 2009 on bears. In November 2009 CT DEP Service Forester, Larry Rousseau, presented Managing Your Forest for a Healthy Habitat. Did you know that our state is 58% forest, 80% of which is privately owned? Did you know that Hartford County is the third most forested county in the State? Mr. Rousseau explained tolerance of various trees (e.g., the Sugar Maple is shade tolerant, the oak fire tolerant). Our state flower, the Mountain Laurel likes shade if it is not too dense.
Unfortunately small but destructive pests such as the emerald ash borer, the Asian longhorn beetle and the woolly adelgid can damage our ash, Norway maple and hemlock trees respectively. Cold enough temperatures can help diminish the adelgid sacs, but the best prevention is not to bring in firewood that may harbor insects from other states. Although unsightly, native cherry and choke cherries will recover from the spring tent caterpillars and fall web worms as by the fall the tree already has enough reserves. Forestry goals over the next five-ten years include replacing invasives with native species, regenerating white pine and providing two cavity trees per acre.
We are so fortunate to live so close to nature. The more we know about it, the more we can enjoy it. Watch for signs and postings of the HLT Speaker Series at the Town Hall 7:30 p.m., the fourth Monday of the presentation month.