Beech Leaf Disease: What’s at Stake in NJ & Strategies to Mitigate Impacts
March 6 @ 7:00 pm
This talk covers the ecology of beech, their importance in NJ, and what attributes and ecological services are under threat. The basic pathogenesis will be reviewed. Then, importantly the talk focuses on steps land managers can make to mitigate negative impacts of BLD including treatment options with pesticides, cultural practices to reduce stress in beech trees, and vital steps to prepare for losses of beech canopy such as mass underplanting of indigenous tree cohorts and management for their success.
The presenter, Jean Epiphan, is an Agriculture & Natural Resource Agent (Assistant Professor) of Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Morris County. She is a Licensed Tree Expert LTE#692 and Certified Arborist ISA NJ-1247A. Ms. Epiphan has her BS in Forestry and MS in Ecology. She has many years of practical experience working in developed and ornamental landscapes and strives to design and manage them to improve environmental sustainability as well as ecological function.