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TheoBugs I n.,,kThe Trees k Forests - part 2 by Bret A. Hutchinson This is the second of a 2 part series of articles describing the current Oak Tree infestations affecting the back country. Bret Huthinson has produced this paper after 4years offield observations, hundreds of tree dissections and thorough research. Many different beetles and fungus with distinctly different timing, location, and mode of damage exist in the forest. He believes it is the duty of professionals in the fieM to present non-bias complete information. That said," this information is intended to help the general population understand the "Big Picture" as #pertains to private and public oak forests. He would like to thank Dr. Tom Scott from UC Riverside for his motivation and guidance during the last year Dr. Scott has taken the time, which he has very little of to review this document for accuracy. Bret would also like to thank his clients who allowed access to their dead and dying trees so this private research could take place. A TIMELY SOLUTION Besides praying for rain, a solution to try and help control these out breaks comes from proper, timely, forest maintenance in order to stay ahead of the problem. Many property owners fail to act early when their trees begin to decline. This delay allows the beetles to mature and a local population spike occurs. Soon the beetles have high enough population densities to successfully overwhelm healthy trees. Next, entire groves begin dying. This is the reason why early detection and prompt removal of infested trees is important. Proper treatment of wood products from these trees is just as important. All branches should be immediately chipped in a well maintained chipper, or burned if allowed. All firewood should be split immediately, piled in full sun, and covered with clear plastic, not black, because clear plastic allows UV rays to penetrate and heat the wood. Temperatures inside covered wood piles have been measured as high as 138 Splitting wood in preparation for covering. ISA Certified Arborist WE-8692A degrees on a warm summer day. Higher temperatures dry the wood faster, possibly halting the development of some larva and even killing emerging beetles. After 6-10 months, the wood is thoroughly dry and should be pathogen free. Still, this wood should be used for local sale only. Proper forest maintenance should be a high priority. Removing deadwood from healthy trees, thinning crowded stands, reducing root zone compaction, allowing nutrient cycling, and monitoring trees for early infestation are necessary for maintaining good forest health. Even limbs which are broken from snow loading should be removed if possible. Wound sites attract WOBB and can lead to complete infestation and death of entire trees. If lacing or removal of green limbs is necessary then it should be done in mid-winter, when the beetle populations are less active. Emphasis should be placed on early detection and proper tree care. Once major insect damage is observed, saving the tree is difficult, if not impossible. Covering an infested woodpile, treats the beetle where they are and prevents them from spreading to healthy trees. HAZARDS ABOUND As individual trees and forests die, these areas pose many new hazards. Proper risk assessment on a site specific basis is critical. Large stands of dead, seasoned oak trees cause unacceptable fire danger especially in residential areas. Early structural failure, based on the trees current state is also very likely. Fungi from the initial beetle invasions penetrate into the xylem (sapwood) and begin digesting the wood itself. The fungus spreads rapidly into the wood followed bya9 invasion of wood boring insects such as ambrosia beetles, post beetles, and shot hole borers. Life cycles of these beetles and the fungi greatly reduce the structural integrity of the tree. Due to the high risk of early structural failure, owners of land with dead trees need to be aware of these dangers. The lives of people and material objects are in jeopardy. As well, tree care professionals must be aware of this early hazard and accurately assess the trees' state before starting any job and committing climbers to a task. Again, timely tree work is the best action. Delays only increase the hazards for all involved. Year after year, drought, fire, urban encroachment and beetle infestations have been decimating our forests. Call it global warming, continued on page 9 Bluegrass Grows Locally In Young Banjo Picker by Judy Taylor Local resident Daniel Kenner is 14 years old and will be performing on the main stage at the Julian Bluegrass Festival on September 18th and 19th. Daniel has been playing banjo for about 2years, focusing his energies on the very challenging ............. Earl Scruggs style of picking. His inspiration comes from his favorite banjo stylists, Bella Fleck and Windy Holcombe. He hopes to rival Bella Fleck someday and become a banjo virtuoso as well. Last year Daniel and his family made their debut on the jam stage at the Julian festival and held the audience captive. The family band consists of Daniel on banjo, his older brother Collin on guitar, parents Brian and Kathleen on Mandolin and guitar, and family friend Emily, who provides much-needed deep tones on bass-guitar. The Kenner family band will appear on the jam stage again this year and we welcome any local talent to bring their acoustic instruments and join us on stage. Daniel has a number of other backcountry-inspired interests, including a slightly green thumb and bird photography. He is also an avid reader of both fantasy and historical fiction novels. His ranch has a variety of pets and livestock. His favorites, the ranch cats, occasionally follow those who wish to try their luck. Many thanks both to Deering Banjo, and to Taylor Guitar for their generous support of the Julian Bluegrass Festival. After visiting the Deering factory in San Diego, and hob-nobbing with their friendly and enthusiastic staff, Daniel upgraded to a Deering Boston banjo and is playing more challenging music pieces, such as Classical Gas. Daniel says he was drawn to the banjo because it has a (...happy, cat loving, eccentric hillbilly) sound. That's a perfect description of Daniel as well, as he is quite proud to be a local hillbilly boy. him around, gamboling behind him like free-spirited puppies, as he completes his ranch chores. He has his mind set on becoming an electrical engineer if his music does not pay the bills, but after watching him tackle the banjo, I believe he will be on top of the music world and in demand. Daniel first started playing a Goodtime Deering banjo which is a student banjo. A Goodtime Banjo will be raffled at the festival as well as a Baby Taylor guitar, for 40 Years Of Bluegrass In September of 1970, the Julian Lions Club had their first Banjo Fiddle contest. Local musicians were invited to the local high school football field to "see who was the best" and spend a day jamming with friends The stage was a flatbed trailer provided by a local hay hauler. It was so much fun that it became the Julian Lions Club annual fund raise event. In 2010, the music festival returns to its roots with the return of the contest, while still retaining the music concert portion of the event. Saturday will be the contest concluding with a couple professional bands and Sunday will be a day of professional entertainment. Julian, CA. 92036 Change Service Requested Permit No. 30 III ,,,an, CA III Ihh,h,h,,,Ih,lh'lh,,,,Ih,hllh,,h,h,,hhlh,,h,ii Small Town Papers  5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 Where Is Our Fire House Public Meeting Friday To Discuss Progress, Set Backs and Plans In 2006 residents in the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District approved additional assessments to their property taxes for the specific purpose of building a new fire house. Here we are four years later and have seen the original location near Jess Martin Park abandoned. The building plans down scaled and the a new location identified out the 79 near Royal. This Friday September 10 there will be a meeting in the Town Hall to discuss the plans, delays and answer question about the new fire house and when we can expect to see some tangible evidence that it will become a reality. The Mosler property on the 79, across from the old Julian Trading Post has been a flurry of activity, a new well has been dug (producing a reliable 100 gallons a minute) at a cost of over 20 thousand dollars. Negotiations are still being finalized on the exact design of the building, the JCFPD having released their initial architect from the job, due to cost constraints. "We shrank the building and their estimate went up..." said Chief Dubler. "At this point we are looking at a design/build proposal to complete the project, using our initial plans as a guide" According to JCFPD Board President Jim Mazzone "The site plan is in for a second review and we are confidant we will be moving forward." The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 PM and Chief Dubler and President Mazzone agree that they won't have all the answers but should be able to belay any fears that the project is stalled. Eagles Return From Desert To Open Home Season Friday by H. "Buddy" Seifert There's an Eagle in the End Zone - Jesse Lopez scores. photo by Lance Arenson As night falls in Julian, the evening becomes filled with a gentle soft breeze and "nightcreaks" (thank you Katie Mae), chirping crickets and peeping tree toads. As night falls in Calipatria it's still 108o and there are mosquitoes, lots and lots of buzzing mosquitoes. Too many mosquitoes! Your Julian Eagles kicked off their 2010 season in Calipatria on Friday night. Unfortunately for the young Eagles team, it was a 40 to 13 loss. The Eagles started with winning the opening coin toss and Calipat responded by kicking the ball out-of-bounds. The re- kick found Jr. RB Brett Teusch in the endzone and so did the Hornets. It's Julian's ball at it's own 20. The boys picked up 6 yards on runs by Sr. QB Jesse Lopez and Sr. RB Johnny Hake. Jesse's 3rd down pass fell short and the Eagles. had to punt to close their first possession. The Hornets second play of their first possession found Jr. LB Justin Flores in their backfield squishing the Hornets QB for a 5 yard loss. Calipat found their running game and moved 59 yards downfield for their first score of the evening. Julian's next possession went three and out when Josh Savage recovered the Hornets fumbled return in Calipat's territory. Our Eagles go another three and out and Jesse's punt sails to the Hornet's 10. The Hornets go three and out. The Hornets punt gains lots of altitude but little distance; as the Hornets try to down the short kick, Josh Savage scoops up the bouncing pigskin and heads to the endzone. He was forced out at the Hornet's 30, but was hit out of bounds and the Eagles are sitting at the Hornet's 15 with a first down. Sr. RB Rodney Doss, Jr. picked up 14 yards and a first down on his first two carries as an Eagle, but has 5 yards taken away on an illegal motion call and then is sacked in the backfield for another 7 yard loss. End of the First Quarter finds Julian 0 and the Calipatria Hornets 7. Rodney picked up 6 yards on his next carry but the Eagles were faced with a 4th and long. Sometimes gambles pay off, but this time Julian's short passing game didn't and Calipat took over at their own 18. Calipat's next play went around the left end and went 82 yards for a TD. Flores crashed through on the extra point attempt and blocked the Hornet's kick, bringing the score up to 13 for the Hornets and 0 for our Eagles. The Eagles next possession was marred with three penalties, one of them an inadvertent desperation dump off pass to Sr. OL Dennis Wuh!in. This is Dennis' first football game in the US. Definitely his first in 108o weather. He is our Swedish exchange student who has played several years of club American football in Sweden. Julian's possession went nowhere and turned the rock over on downs at Julian's 30. The Hornets were moving in on Julian's end zone when Brett stepped in front of a Hornets continued on page 8 i! i ' ,tl ti I , ,t,tlt, ,,, 00trl I:!] ::11; l!ll!il, 00i00|]$tt!f.[!.ll000011|!IIIitllllll/ll00l