Weed Harvesting update from Paula Hatch, Prudential Committee Chairperson

“As many of you know by now, the District has hired Tryon Construction, a Monterey business with years of experience operating and maintaining heavy equipment, to take over the weed harvesting operation on the lake.  Our former harvester, Dave Lewis, was rare in that he had over 25 years of experience with weed harvesting and was also capable of handling the maintenance of the equipment either single-handedly or with his team of resources.  Going into the hiring process, the Prudential Committee understood that no one would be able to step seamlessly into Dave’s shoes and that this year’s harvesting would present a steep learning curve to the newbie”.

Nevertheless, Leigh Tryon and his “designated driver” Mike Ordyna, have taken on the task with a can-do spirit and are working long hours to tackle this year’s heavy weed growth.  Mike has already spent several weeks getting used to the harvester by working on the off-shore areas of weed growth.  He is now ready to begin working on the shoreline, the most challenging part of weed harvesting, and he will put in extra hours in advance of the July 4th weekend in an effort to make swimming and boating as enjoyable as possible.

We are fortunate to have a new team who is so well prepared for this unique enterprise. Please be patient and respectful of the challenges facing our new team.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the Prudential Committee.  We are committed to making this transition year a good one.

With happy wishes for a great summer,

Paula Hatch

Chairperson, Prudential Committee, Lake Buel Restoration/Preservation District

It’s not just the Lake water that’s under threat from invasives

There’s nothing quite like sitting by a wood stove or an open fireplace to take the chill off as the days grow shorter and the temps fall.  Perhaps you also get satisfaction from knowing that burning wood is displacing use of expensive heating oil or propane.  But did you also know that you could inadvertently be introducing invasive insects to Lake Buel’s shorelines?  It’s true if you ‘import’ firewood.

The beautiful forests surrounding our Lake are under assault from invasive species.  Common threats include woolly adelgid killing Hemlocks and the Asian Longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer insects attacking hardwood trees.  Already woolly adelgid is ravaging eastern MA and metro New York, and Asian Longhorn beetles are prevalent in sections of Worcester County, MA and have been sighted in Brookline and Boston.  With its initial infestation point most likely Brooklyn, the Asian Longhorned beetle has since spread throughout metro New York City including New Jersey.  Even Central Park has not been immune!  It has been described as the most destructive non-native insect in the US.

What can we do?  Be very careful about buying firewood.  Know where it is sourced, and insist on buying from reputable local firewood dealers.  And be very skeptical of buying bargain firewood in areas where the Asian Longhorned beetles are prevalent.  Don’t inadvertently accelerate the spread of invasive species by “importing” diseased firewood to Lake Buel.  Buy local!

What to learn more?  Here are a few sites you might find helpful:

Don’t Move Firewood

New York Dept of Environmental Protection

New Jersey Dept of Agriculture

Connecticut Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection