Ohio State tree planting team beats the Ducks, now it’s on to football

Ohio State tree planting winnersSent by Mary Maloney, director of CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum, late this afternoon:

“I just received a text from the Chadwick Arboretum Tree Planting Team in Arlington, Texas, near the site of the pending College Football National Championship game, and our team placed first in the tree planting competition! Team member and Chadwick GIS Specialist Christine Voise said it was by a landslide. I thought that this might happen when our team was featured planting a tree in under 60 seconds with Channel 10’s Jeff Hogan [Columbus TV] on the noon-day report earlier today!

“I have attached a photo of the plaque and the tree planting team. From the left: Mike Boren (father of the three Boren brothers who all play/played on the Ohio State football team); Christine Voise (Chadwick Arboretum GIS and accessions specialist); Mitch Gatewood (Ohio State alumnus from the Dallas-Fort Worth area); Mike Pfeiffer (Chadwick Arboretum horticulturist); Ray Kreutzfeld (Ohio State alumnus from the Dallas-Fort Worth area); Christy Dudgeon (Ohio State alumna and vice president of Grass Groomers Inc.); Steve Schneider (Ohio State landscape planner and ISA-certified arborist); and Dan Struve (emeritus professor of horticulture and Chadwick Arboretum volunteer).

“Thanks to the Texas A&M Forest Service in College Station, Texas, and the Texas Tree Foundation for coordinating this tree-rific event! Thanks too to our donors: The Ohio State University Office of Administration and Planning, Chadwick Arboretum, and a special Friend of Chadwick Arboretum.

“Now, it’s up to the Football Buckeyes to seal the deal on national championships by winning part 2 of the competition next Monday!”

Read an earlier post.

Buckeyes to face Oregon — in tree planting — Thursday

Ohio buckeye leaves for GB

A team from CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum competes in a tree-planting competition at noon Thursday (Jan. 8) in Arlington, Texas. Among the opponents: The Oregon Ducks (hiss!) (must be Muscovies). The event is part of the Playoff Green sustainability program surrounding the College Football Playoff National Championship. Details. (Photo: Leaves of the Ohio buckeye tree, Hemera Technologies.)

Toronto’s trees score big. How do yours rate?

sugar maple leafThere’s money in those maple leafs leaves, says a story today in The Globe and Mail. Toronto’s 10 million trees are worth about $7 billion Canadian ($6.4 billion U.S.), and their benefits — including reducing stormwater runoff and lowering summer cooling bills — far outweigh their costs. Here’s how to put a dollar (U.S.) on your own trees’ benefits. (Photo: Sugar maple by Paul Wray, Iowa State University, Bugwood.org.)

Leaves in absence? Get cold clues, hot tips

winter trees for GB“Identifying trees without leaves can be a real challenge,” says CFAES’s Kathy Smith, who will show you how to meet that challenge on March 28 in Chardon. Why bother? Telling trees apart in winter can help you plan for spring, she says. Work such as planting, pruning and thinning, for example, depends on knowing just what you’ve got growing.

Biological beetle battle

Jon Lelito presents “From 1 to 100,000: Building a Biological Control Program for Emerald Ash Borer in Four Years” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. tomorrow (4/10) in 121 Fisher Auditorium on OARDC’s Wooster campus, 1680 Madison Ave., with a video link to 244 Kottman Hall at Ohio State in Columbus, 2021 Coffey Rd. Free. Sponsored by CFAES’s Department of Entomology. Lelito manages USDA’s Emerald Ash Borer Biological Control facility in Brighton, Mich. A story in SUNY Fredonia’s online alumni magazine looks at his work there. Emerald ash borer is an invasive insect species that has killed millions of North America’s and Ohio’s native ash trees and threatens to wipe them all out.

Video: Ohio without any buckeyes? Not on their watch

invasive species videoTrees in Ohio face a growing number of pests from overseas. And from them growing damage. But the state’s oaks, maples, and, yes, even buckeyes have a CFAES team on their side (video, 1:08). Invasive species are a threat to sustainability — of farms, forests, yards, gardens, businesses, and biodiversity.