From the President
Recently I had the great opportunity of presenting at the New York State Turfgrass Association’s Adirondack Regional Conference at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid. This event came right on the heels of Forestry Awareness Day in the Albany Capital so I was fired up about urban forestry!
NYSTA members manage much more than the turf; they often have trees and shrubs and entire landscapes within their purview. My talk was about forest health threats in New York State and the use of Inventory Pest Early Detection (IPED) when conducting tree inventories. IPED is a utility within i-Tree, a public domain suite of tools developed by the USDA Forest Service and its partners. Incorporating IPED in a street or park tree inventory can help to discover the presence of known threats such as emerald ash borer or hemlock woolly adelgid, but the real power in IPED is in finding the pest or disease we do not know about yet. I encourage everyone involved in a tree inventory to consider utilizing IPED.
You can learn all about Inventory Pest Early Detection, a utility within i-Tree Streets and i-Tree Eco, at www.itreetools.org
.—Andy Hillman, Andrew.Hillman@Davey.com