On Monday, we volunteered with Stas Shulist, Land Manager at Ignatius College to take bud samples from a Butternut Tree, at the back of the Ignatius Property. I employ SRT to ascend quickly and efficiently- particularly where I’m not doing much work in the tree, and not using a chainsaw. It allows for easy line placement, and a relatively easy ascent into the tree, without having friction/cambium damage that may occur if using DdRT – especially on a thin barked tree.
The samples were collected- both lateral and terminal buds, and they were packaged and sent to MNR for testing. There were a few seedlings sprouting up about the Butternut with similar buds- here’s hoping we have another survivor of the canker that’s decimating our Butternut population!