A big concern we have here on Sugar Mountain is alien invaders. The Men In Black have been no help. Over the past years we’ve watched these nasties creep, slither, slide and fly closer and closer. They are a threat to the very name tree of Sugar Mountain Farm, the Sugar Maples as well as our many fine ash trees which are great wood as well as beautiful tall trees.
I’m talking about Asian Longhorn Beetles and Emerald Ash Borers. These alien invaders came from the far east on shipping pallets. In a typical F.U.D. response our government has been doing their Kill, Kill, Kill act. One of those times where the solution may be worse than the disease.
So I worry that not only the alien invaders will harm our forests but that the government (“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” -Ronald Reagan) will destroy our trees to protect us. Remember Napalm, Agent Orange, Mad Cow and Friends? Yes, the very same government will be here to help…
We do sustainable forestry so I’m no stranger to cutting trees. But I don’t cotton to the idea of government or aliens swooping down and forcing us to clear out what may be perfectly good trees. I’ve been watching the insects approach with apprehension because if they get here we’ll have to act. The trick is acting soon enough to avoid the market glut for the wood and avoiding the insects while waiting long enough to not over react on a false positive.
With this in mind I read a recent news story with great joy! It is possible that the extreme cold snap may be killing off these warm climate aliens. Wusses! They can’t take a northern Vermont mountain winter. Hah! Yes! I cheer with glee as I watch the babies die in their cradles! I am so happy! Let it be true!
“A recent study from the Forest Service in Minnesota showed that:
5% of the insects die at 0°F,
34% at -10°F,
79% at -20°F and
98% at -30°F.”
Critical details to note:
It gets -20°F at Sugar Mountain every year usually that extends for days to weeks.
Many years it gets -30°F often for many days in a row.
Some years it gets to -45°F sometimes for a week even during the day.
The wind tends to blow the snow away from the bases of the trees which further helps deep chill these nasty alien sap sucking buggers.
Die! Die! Die you alien scum!!!
*wiping the spittle off my lips.*
Sorry, I’m getting carried away with joy. I’ll control my glee… Honestly…
Proper Politically Correct Response to Tragedy:
“Yes, fellow countrymen, this is a tragic time when millions of babies are dying in their beds during the deep cold blast of winter’s frigid air from those violent Canuk lands. We must fight on to save the larva!”
Winter does have its good points.
Outdoors: 14°F/-14°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/59°F
Daily Spark: Sometimes I feel like Dr. Frankenstien. Back in the 1980’s I created script kiddies, those tech support people who read from a decision tree script. I also created automated voice mail. Both seemed like a good idea at the time. I am so sorry. I apologize.