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Yard by Yard: Replanting After Asian Longhorned Beetle

Mollie Freilicher, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Since the discovery of Asian longhorned beetle in Massachusetts in 2008, communities in Worcester County have lost over 32,000 trees, dramatically changing many neighborhoods. Since 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has partnered with federal agencies and the Worcester Tree Initiative to replant trees, harnessing federal and state funding and developing a methodology for managing a large-scale tree planting program. This talk will cover hurdles, successes, and the lasting partnerships resulting from the replanting.

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    • Yard by Yard: Replanting After Asian Longhorned Beetle Mollie Freilicher Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Urban & Community Forestry Program
    • Acknowledgements • Eric Seaborn, former Program Coordinator, DCR Urban and Community Forestry • Peter Church, Director of Forest Stewardship, DCR • Julie Coop and Mary Cardwell, DCR, ALB Cooperative Eradication Program • Clint McFarland, USDA-APHIS, ALB Cooperative Eradication Program • John Parry and Bill Frament, U.S. Forest Service • Peggy Middaugh, Worcester Tree Initiative • Arbor Day Foundation
    • The Setting ¯ Legend ALB Quarantine, Worcester County (10/17/11) Worcester County 0 5 10 20 30 40 Miles
    • Maples in Worcester
    • Discovery of ALB in 2008
    • Cutting
    • Granville Ave Before Photo by Ken Law USDA-APHIS
    • Granville Ave After Photo by Ken Law USDA-APHIS
    • Phases of Replanting • 2009-2010: Phase 1 - USDA funds • 2010-2012: Phase 2 - ARRA funds • 2013-2015: Phase 3 - USDA & state funds Worcester Tree Initiative City/Towns State
    • In the Beginning First public meeting, August 2008 Ensure proper planting Utilize property owner support Local partnerships Improve diversity Collect data
    • Phase 1: USDA-APHIS • Assist Worcester Tree Initiative • Assist City of Worcester • $500,000 from USDA APHIS • Phase 1 Model – DCR staff conduct site visits with property owners – Collect GPS data on new trees – Contractor plants trees with heavy equipment
    • Phase 2: ARRA Replanting Foresters $4.487 Million Site Visits Planting by Seasonal Crews
    • The ARRA Model UCF Program Coordinator 1 Replanting Forester Supervisor 1 Forestry Assistant (Logistics) 8 Field Replanting Foresters 40 Seasonal Laborers 15,000 Trees 1 Data/Logistics Replanting Forester
    • The ARRA Crews 2 Replanting Foresters 10 Seasonal Laborers Approximately 65 Trees/Week X 4
    • Collecting Data • Four Panasonic toughbooks • “Sketchmapping” software • External GPS • Plot trees • Enter data
    • Collecting Data • • • • • • • 23 fields of data Address Species Location Notes Access Drop-down menus & text entry
    • The Trees • 1.0-1.5 in. caliper • Large shade trees & ornamental trees • Non-host species • Container stock • Some balled & burlapped • Delivered weekly • Stored at the DCR chip dump
    • The Equipment Lots needed! • Transportation – Trucks • Rack • Dump • Pick-up – Vans – Trailers – Watering tank • Hand Tools – From shovels to pruners • Safety Equipment • Computers – Laptops and desktops – Printers • Arbor tie • Stakes • Hoses
    • ARRA Planting Staffing levels supported • • • • Planting Appointments Data Scheduling
    • Seasonality Spring, Fall Winter, Summer Planting Season Organize Planting Schedule Contact DigSafe Manage Crews Plant Trees Schedule Appointments to Site Trees Track Data “Off” Season Schedule Appointments to Site Trees Post-Planting Inspection and Data Collection Conduct Other Analyses Water Trees (summer) Track Data
    • Worcester Tree Initiative Program Model • • • • • Tree Giveaways Neighborhood Outreach Tree Steward Program Educational workshops Young Adult Foresters Photos courtesy of the Worcester Tree Initiative
    • City Planting
    • Working Together • Planting Partnerships-DCR, WTI, and the City of Worcester • Street Trees • School Plantings • Park Plantings – Dodge Park • Caring for New Trees
    • Exciting Projects Trees for Tracks • 2011 and 2012 • CSX, ACTrees & Worcester Tree Initiative – And DCR and City of Worcester – Dodge Park
    • Trees for Replanting Sweetgum Dawn redwood Ginkgo White oak Crabapple White fir Littleleaf linden Red oak Swamp white oak Kousa dogwood Blackgum Honeylocust Pin oak Photos are from the University of Connecticut Plant Database. Swamp White Oak insets: Paul Wray, Iowa State University, Bugwood.org.
    • Phase 3: The Post-ARRA Era How to Continue Planting? • $3 million in federal and state funding • Scaled-back program
    • The Post-ARRA Era UCF Program Coordinator 3 Replanting Foresters 3 Long-term Seasonal Laborers 1 Long-term Forestry Assistant 20 Seasonal Laborers 7,000 Trees Direct Grants to Municipalities
    • The Post-ARRA Era April 2013 • 12-week planting season • 1,229 trees • New yard at a city facility
    • Planting
    • Species as a Percent of Total Trees Planted 2009-2013 Oak, White Oak, Swamp White American arborvitae Ginkgo Oak, Pin Pine, Eastern White Beech Fir, White Tuliptree Crabapple Oak, Red Dogwood Linden Blackgum Japanese tree lilac Dawn redwood Spruce, Colorado Sweetgum Cherry Honeylocust Serviceberry Cherry, Sargent
    • Plantings by Tree Type 45 40 39% 32% 35 29% Percent 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 Conifer Ornamental Shade Tree
    • Shade Tree Preferences Honeylocust Sweetgum Blackgum Linden Oak, Red Tuliptree Beech Hornbeam Oak, Pin Ginkgo Hophornbeam Oak, Swamp White Oak, White Oak, Scarlet Zelkova Kentucky coffee tree Oak Cucumber magnolia Oak, English Percent of Shade Trees 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
    • Challenges
    • Where we are Today • 7th planting season • Over 26,000 trees planted – DCR – Worcester Tree Initiative – Towns and Cities
    • Where We’ve Applied the Model
    • Contact Mollie Freilicher Community Action Forester DCR Urban and Community Forestry mollie.freilicher@state.ma.us