We knew it was only a matter of time before the emerald ash borer (EAB) made its way to our area and the reality today is that it’s here. I am beginning to see it in the counties I work in (Shawano, Waupaca, Southern Marathon, and Wood Counties) here in Wisconsin. EAB was also recently found in Langlade County and is well established in the UP as well.
The insect works quickly, starting at the top of the tree and working towards its base. It kills the tree by eating its tissues under the bark and essentially choking the tree off from its water supply. The DNR estimates it is going to kill 99% of the species. It doesn’t discriminate on the size of trees it attacks and has been found in sapling 1” in diameter. And at this time, there is no good way to stop it.
It has been an interesting winter given we haven’t had the below zero cold temperatures we are generally accustomed to seeing by this time of the year. (Sounds like that may be changing later this week though.) With the weather we’ve had, we don’t have enough frost to do a lot of our winter logging just yet. Lack of snow has been great because it has made it easy to get through the woods, but now we need some cold to push the frost down into the ground.
Get to know our new Forester, Blake Persha!
I love the outdoors and have always been interested in anything related to it, so forestry seemed like a natural fit. Plus, my Dad has been in the industry my entire life so I was introduced to forestry at a young age. As a child, it had always been a job I was interested in having when I got older.
I started in mid-December and I have to say I really enjoy meeting and working with landowners. I also love getting to explore the forests around here. No two woodlots are the same and it’s always interesting to talk with landowners and learn about the history of their land.
A lot of people ask me about what what I would do to manage a property best for deer hunting. The answer really varies based on the property, but a few common strategies I generally recommend are: 1) encourage oak regeneration; 2) create bedding habitat and travel corridors; and 3) ensure good food sources are available. Being a hunter myself, I understand the passion a lot of these landowners have. Ultimately, the individual should create a land management plan of some sort and then work with a forester to implement the plan to best meet the landowner’s goals.
If you have forestry related questions you'd like to ask Blake personally, you can reach him by phone at 1-800-352-1438 or contact him using this form.