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Mulch Volcano Madness!

Mulch Volcano Madness!

Excessive Mulching Kills Trees
June 14, 2011 

Spring is in the air, along with the appearance of a deadly perennial threat to the health of trees everywhere.  It is not an insect, nor is it a disease.  It is not a new and exotic scourge that has invaded our borders from some far off region of the planet.  No, it is much worse than any of these.

It is... the deadly mulch volcano.

This crime against arboriculture is annually perpetrated by “professional” landscapers and well-meaning homeowners who follow their example.  Each year, literally tons of mulch are piled high against the trunks of trees everywhere... and it’s killing them.

To some, this pile of mulch may look neat and tidy, but unfortunately it results in the slow decline and eventual death of the tree.  But what’s really maddening is the fact that people pay good money to “professional” landscapers to do this. 

Mulch Volcano Madness!

Mulch Volcano Madness!

Excessive Mulching Kills Trees
June 14, 2011 

Spring is in the air, along with the appearance of a deadly perennial threat to the health of trees everywhere.  It is not an insect, nor is it a disease.  It is not a new and exotic scourge that has invaded our borders from some far off region of the planet.  No, it is much worse than any of these.

It is... the deadly mulch volcano.

This crime against arboriculture is annually perpetrated by “professional” landscapers and well-meaning homeowners who follow their example.  Each year, literally tons of mulch are piled high against the trunks of trees everywhere... and it’s killing them.

To some, this pile of mulch may look neat and tidy, but unfortunately it results in the slow decline and eventual death of the tree.  But what’s really maddening is the fact that people pay good money to “professional” landscapers to do this. 

Legislator Fudoli Invites Public To Attend Forums Focused on Farming in Erie County

Legislator Fudoli Invites Public To Attend Forums Focused on Farming in Erie County

Erie County Legislator and Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board Chairman Dino Fudoli, R-Lancaster, invites anyone with an interest in farms, farmland and food production in Erie County to participate in one of three scheduled public forums planned this summer throughout the county.

Discussions pertaining to farming, food production, and efforts to plan for agriculture in Erie County will be led by Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning and American Farmland Trust. Attendees will be invited to share their thoughts about what can be done to support the viability of local farms.

“These forums are a great opportunity to share ideas and continue efforts already underway that focus on the future of farming and agriculture in Erie County,” said Legislator Fudoli.

Where 2 Fish: Walleye Starting to Pick Up

Where 2 Fish: Walleye Starting to Pick Up

First Class Bass Charters Lake Erie Fishing Report, Thurs. 6-9-11, 10:42 a.m.

  • Water Temp: 59 degrees
  • Smallmouth bass action in the Buffalo Harbor has slowed down, although, there are some good fish still being caught. 
  • Smokes Creek area is still producing some good fish.  Look for fish in the 26' to 32' depths.
  • Perch fishing has been OK.  It has slowed down from last week.  Look for fish from the wind mills to Seneca Shoals.
  • Walleye bite is starting to pick up during the day time hours, as the night bite slows.  Smokes Creek to Meyers is a good bet.

Update Fri. 6-10-11, 4:32 p.m.

Captain Randy Lingenfelter of 1st Choice Charters confirms that walleye fishing is lighting up; says he took 3 limits (15 fish) today in about 5 hours.

Free Henry! to Headline Artpark June 13 (FREE)

Free Henry! to Headline Artpark June 13 (FREE)

On Monday, June 13th, the Western New York rock band Free Henry! will headline a free concert at Artpark in Lewiston NY.

Falcon Chicks Get Railroad-Themed Names

Falcon Chicks Get Railroad-Themed Names

Four Peregrine Falcon Chicks at Central Terminal Given Names to Reflect Local Railroad History

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in cooperation with the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, is pleased to announce that four  Peregrine Falcons have hatched and are nesting at Buffalo’s historic Central Terminal – another victory in the decades long effort to reintroduce this endangered species in the northeast.

The nest box, constructed and installed by the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation in 2009, is currently home to two adult Peregrines and four chicks that began hatching towards the end of May. DEC Biologists recently accessed the nest to band the falcon chicks (also known as eyases) and report that they are healthy and in good condition. It was discovered that there are two male and two female chicks.

National Fuel Required to Negotiate Around Conservation

National Fuel Required to Negotiate Around Conservation

National Fuel Required by Regulators to Negotiate With Community Around Conservation

Buffalo, NY- On Friday, June 3rd, the NYS Public Service Commission granted a public hearing regarding the reform of National Fuel Gas's (NFG) Conservation Incentive Program (CIP). The decision came after almost a year of public pressure from the National Fuel Accountability Coalition (NFAC) whose members struggle to afford gas bills due to the lack of insulation in their homes. The coalition sees National Fuel’s misuse of public conservation dollars and bloated executive salaries as an injustice. The hearing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday July 6th, at the Central Branch Library, in a 3-6pm session and a 7-9pm session.  Two subsequent hearings will be held in Amherst and Cheektowaga the following day.