Posts by Paul Hetzler

Paul Hetzler is an ISA-Certified Arborist, and a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry and the Society of American Foresters. Before moving to Canada in September 2019 he was the Natural Resources Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County. His book “Shady Characters: Plant Vampires, Caterpillar Soup, Leprechaun Trees and Other Hilarities of the Natural World,” is available on
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Why Farmers and Gardeners Need Fear

By Paul Hetzler / April 5, 2021

Fear can be harnessed as a weapon against destructive pests.  No offense, but Franklin D. Roosevelt should maybe bug off with his assertion that “…the only thing we have to…

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Low-Tech Tools to Evaluate Tree Health

By Paul Hetzler / October 16, 2019

It makes sense that dying trees have terminal bud scars. Sounds like an awful condition – my condolences. But the healthiest trees have them, too (terminal scars, not condolences). It’s…

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Invasive Worms Threaten Forest Health

By Paul Hetzler / October 7, 2019

A new and significant threat to forests, Asian earthworms, have cleverly disguised themselves — as earthworms. If you’re tired of hearing about new invasive forest pests, I’m with you. Seems…

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Avoid a Golden-Goose Approach to Forestry

By Paul Hetzler / April 1, 2019

Smart woodlot stewardship makes sense — and a whole lot of dollars — for you and your family. What do you call a livestock farmer who spends decades improving the…

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Call the Dogs Off the Lions

By Paul Hetzler / April 6, 2018

Be nice to dandelions, “the official remedy for everything.” April showers bring May flowers, but not all posies are a welcome sight. Although it is quite possible they arrived on…

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