Part 1: Health of our Suburban Forests
Most Northeastern forests and woodlands are embedded in a dense matrix of human development, including urban centers, suburban developments, and the expanding reach of major infrastructure. Even forests in seemingly ‘less developed’ areas are impacted by their proximity to many of the largest urban / suburban areas of the country. Human development is associated with numerous negative impacts on forest systems, including increasing exposure to forest pests, predator management policies that lead to deer overabundance, and exacerbated climate change impacts. In this talk, we will discuss some of these stressors and highlight advances that have been made to alleviate their impacts.
Part 2: A Plants Perspective: Common Diseases AND Insects
Trees and other plants serve important ecological functions – for us, and for the rest of nature. While most insects serve a helpful role in the environment, some invasive and other pests have a destructive side. Choices we make can reduce the ecological threat and keep our plants growing and healthy. We’ll review a few landscape pest problems and suggest some solutions.
Diseases are stressors that can plague plants in urban or suburban neighborhoods. Margery will explain how environmental stresses alone can create abiotic diseases in plants. She’ll also describe how certain fungi, bacteria, nematodes and viruses may cause contagious diseases. Some common diseases on familiar ornamentals like oaks, beech, London plane, dogwood, roses and Kwanzan cherry will be highlighted.