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SLU Maple Monitoring

Posted by Emlyn Crocker,
North Country explorer from Plainfield, Vermont
September 14, 2018

For Nature Up North, fall means maple monitoring season, and I'm enjoying getting outside to record observations for the maple trees we're monitoring on the St. Lawrence campus. If you drive along Park St, you'll probably see the purple ribbons! This tree, a silver maple (Acer saccharinum), was distinctive. Not only does it have some spectacular orange lichen clinging to it's trunk, but it has pretty significant damage/loss of leaves in the crown. Clearly, not a happy tree, but we'll need to study it longer to learn more about what's going on here.

*Check out www.natureupnorth.org/monitor-my-maple-project for info about our maple study.