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What Foresters Have To Say About TCD
By Jenny Lancour Great Lakes Logging
Though the Thousand Canker Disease has not been detected in Michigan, “TCD” could be devastating to black walnut trees if the disease ever infested the state, especially in southern locations where there are high quality black wal- nut trees, according to Bill Cook, forester for Michigan State University Extension’s Forest Biomass Innovation Center in Escanaba in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
“If this should ever become prevalent in southern Michigan, it could wipe out the black walnut,” Cook commented, likening the disease to other infestations experienced in the state on elm, oak, beech and butternut trees.
Cooks said insects and diseases like TCD are increasing restrictions on wood loads being hauled throughout the industry, noting, “In general, you can’t move logs from an infested area to an uninfested area.”
According to Cook, the quarantine revisions won’t likely affect Michigan’s U.P. loggers because black walnut trees are not harvested or being transported through the region compared to downstate where he said the quarantine will probably have “minimal” effect.
Cook also noted that TCD is a slow-acting disease that will eventually kill the tree over time, as long as a decade. The process could happen more quickly if added stress factors are present, such as drought, which can make the tree more susceptible to the disease, he said.
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, early symptoms of TCD include a yellowing and thinning of leaves on the crown of the tree, followed by twigs and branch- es dying. Larger branches and limbs are affected as the disease progresses.
Cook said another sign of TCD includes hun- dreds of dark spots or pits the size of a dime or
quarter on the bark where living tissue under the bark has been killed because of the walnut twig beetle ?carrying a fungal pathogen in the bark, cutting off supply routes for water and nutrients.
The beetle burrows into the bark of black wal- nut trees, carrying the fungus as it feeds and lay eggs. When the next generation of beetles hatch- es, they carry fungus spores to infest other trees where they feed and lay eggs, repeating the bee- tles’ life cycle as well as the disease’s infestation each year.
“It’s a common scenario,” said Cook. “They wreak havoc together. Finally, the tree gives up. It can’t transport water and nutrients and it dies. If combined with stress, it goes sooner.”
Cold temperatures and predation on the wal- nut twig beetle can terminate the yearly cycle and the tree can recover, said Tim Allen, a forest pest program coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Con- sumer Protection where TCD quarantine provi- sions similar to Michigan’s have been enacted.
“TCD seems to be more deadly in the west where there are dryer climates,” added Allen, saying the disease would not likely survive the cold winters in Wisconsin. But he also noted, “You don’t want to underestimate the threat of TCD.”
Loggers in Michigan can report suspected TCD infections by e-mailing the Michigan Department of Agriculture at MDA- or calling 1-800-292-3939. Wisconsin loggers can call the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture at (608) 224-4745 or e-mail ?
“You don’t want to underestimate the threat of TCD.”
Tim Allen
Forest Pest Program Coordinator Wisconsin Department of Agriculture
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MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently held a ribbon cut-
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The owners, Julie and Kevin Robitaille, of the Sayklly’s Factory in Escanaba recently opened the new store Sayklly’s The Candy Store in Marquette in the Jandron Retail Center. They will be hosting a grand opening event Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m. where great deals, giveaways, and more will be
Sayklly’s Candies has been a family owned and operated business since 1906. Owner, Kevin
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