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FORECON Helps Control Forest Health: Hack’n Squirt stem treatment technique

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FORECON Helps Control Forest Health: Hack’n Squirt stem treatment technique

There are multiple factors, often occurring at the same time, affecting the health and diversity of our timberland forests:  from insects and deer, to viral and fungal pathogens, our forests incur and adapt to various biological and environmental stresses.  An often overlooked concern are non-desirable species, which overtake available growing space and inhibit desirable regeneration of higher quality species.

FORECON and it’s Forest Resource sector help control forest health concerns through various management treatments and techniques, allowing the establishment and release of desirable regeneration:  these techniques include foliar applications and stem treatments, among others.

The hack and squirt stem treatment application is extremely effective on controlling undesirable growing stock.  Using a hatchet, incisions are made in the target species, and a registered herbicide is then applied directly to the wound.  This treatment method, although laborious, produces excellent results, and is one of many services we offer.

Through various state, investment, and private ownership lands, FORECON stem treated 1,394 acres in 2018, which is quite the achievement!  These treatments will allow quality species to regenerate, and improve timberland and habitat for decades to come.

Forest Technician Ryan Zacherl applies the Hack n Squirt stem treatment technique on interfering American beech.

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2018-10-31T20:53:15+00:00

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