Taking Butternut Samples at Ignatius College

 

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Using SRT Climbing Technique to take Butternut Samples for genetic testing.

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!

 

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