Today, Gracie & Harrigan sent an e-mail and postcard reminder to all of our clients in regards to the deadline for filing for Farmland Assessment. The deadline for filing for Farmland Assessment is August 1. There are no extensions on this deadline. We look forward to seeing the remainder of our clients in June or July (or receiving their information through the mail). As discussed in our instructions (see link below), we are offering a discount of 20% for all clients who bring or mail in their forms and provide payment on or before July 10.
As a reminder, our instructions to our clients can be downloaded by clicking here. A questionnaire to help organize your thoughts and paperwork can be found by clicking here. Our calendar showing our business hours can be opened by clicking here. And lastly directions to our office are found by clicking here.
If you have any questions, please give us a call at (908) 781-6711. Thank you!
-Heather Gracie, Christina Harrigan, and Steve Kallesser
Forestry can benefit cerulean warblers
Written by Steve Kallesser
The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture released the Cerulean Warbler Management Guidelines for Appalachian Hardwood Forests last year. Cerulean warblers are commonly associated with large, contiguous forests with old-growth characteristics, and are species of special concern in NJ. They are difficult to see, nesting near the tops of large-diameter white oak, chestnut oak, sugar maple, cherry, locust, elm, and sycamore trees. The species has declined by about 70% since l966. The management guidelines stem from a large-scale study spanning four states.
The management guidelines recommend thinning overstocked stands—particularly in landscapes dominated by forest—to a residual basal area of between 40 and 90 square feet/acre. Thinning should retain preferred nesting tree species while reducing red maple. Individual tree selection systems did not significantly increase population levels, indicating the need for a heavier thinning, principally to increase light levels to the understory and encourage regeneration and other understory vegetation, and also to encourage crown growth in residual trees.
For more information, ask one of us during Farm Tax season. The guidelines for cerulean warblers can be read by clicking here.
(This article was originally written for the Spring 2014 issue of The Cruiser.)
Penn State Releases "Quick Sheet" Recommendations on Tough Invasive Treatment
Written by Steve Kallesser
The Weed Ecology Lab of Penn State has its Wildland Weed Program. Art Grover, from that program, recently spoke at the Winter Allegheny SAF meeting in Williamsport, PA. His program recently launched a website to promote their recommendations on controlling certain invasives – especially those tough to control.
Overall, the two-page "Invasive Species Quick Sheets" are well-written and focus on the life history of the individual plant to find the species' Achilles heel. Management recommendations use Integrated Pest Management Principles, and if chemical treatment is recommended, said recommendations are very specific and useful. This is a website worth visiting and reading. The PDF files listed in the site focus on control recommendations. Other fact sheets focused on identification and natural history can be found by clicking on links within those PDF files.