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Wednesday, January 27 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Oak Tree Planting: A Proactive Approach To Beech Bark Disease (BBD) In The Upper Peninsula (UP)

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AUTHORS: Don Brown*, Michigan Department of Natural Resources; Colter Lubben*, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT: Beech bark disease is a devastating disease that kills a very important hard mast producer, beech, in the U.P. DNR Wildlife Division staff started a program in 2011 to help mitigate the loss of beech by planting a variety of another hard mast producing species, oak. Since 2011, the DNR has planted tens of thousands of oak trees on the landscape. This presentation will provide a real world look into the specifics of what goes into a successful oak planting program. Topics that will be discussed include: What is BBD? , How does BBD affect wildlife management? , oak seedling vs. sapling vs. large nursery stock and the advantages and disadvantages of each, when and where to plant oak, contracting, planting organization, planting techniques/specifications, protecting our investment, and oak monitoring. This talk will also provide a brief look into other work being done in the UP to help provide additional mast sources to alleviate the loss of beech.

Wednesday January 27, 2016 1:20pm - 1:40pm EST