CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF AUSABLE
4420 N. US 23, AuSable, MI 48750
TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETINGS - Monday, 18th at 5:00 pm
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING - Wed. July 20th at 6:00 pm
MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE TOWNSHIP HAL
AUSABLE TOWNSHIP HALL WILL BE CLOSED
MONDAY, JULY 4TH
HAPPY HOLIDAY AND BE SAFE!!
FIREWORKS AND PARADE WILL BE ON MONDAY, JULY 4TH
PARADE WILL BEGIN AT 11:00
JULY 5TH BOARD MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO
LACK OF BUSINESS. NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON
MONDAY, JULY 18TH AT 5:00 pm
Contact: Cheryl Nelson, 231-287-1714; or Simeon Wright, 906-203-9466
Don't touch that saw! Pruning oaks now could invite disease
We know it’s tempting to get outside and prune everything in the yard when spring arrives. But if you have an oak tree, please wait. You could save the tree’s life.
From April 15 to July 15, oak trees are at high risk for oak wilt infection, a serious fungal disease that can weaken white oaks and kill red oak trees within a few weeks. During this time of year, flying beetles can carry spores of the fungus from tree to tree. The fungus enters the tree through wounds that are often a result of pruning or storm damage.
“The guidelines against pruning oak trees during this time are designed to help prevent the spread of this tree-killing disease to new areas,” said James Wieferich, forest health specialist in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Forest Resources Division. “Once oak wilt gets started, it is expensive to successfully manage and will kill all nearby red oaks over time, if untreated.”
If you have an oak tree that gets damaged during the high-risk period from April 15 to July 15, immediately cover all wounds with tree-wound paint or latex-based paint. Painting tree wounds is not recommended for other trees species as it can reduce the effectiveness of the healing process.
Oak wilt, discovered in the 1940s, now is fairly widespread
Oak wilt was first identified in the 1940s and is now widespread across Michigan. Red oaks are most susceptible to the disease. These trees have leaves with pointed tips and include black oak, northern red oak and northern pin oak. Trees in the white oak group have rounded leaf edges and include white oak, swamp white oak and bur oak.
Symptoms most often appear from late June until September. Affected trees will suddenly begin to wilt from the top down, rapidly dropping leaves, which can be green, brown or a combination of both colors.
Once a tree is infected, the fungus also can move to neighboring red oaks through root grafts. Oaks within about 100 feet of each other could have connected, or grafted, root systems. Left untreated, oak wilt will continue to move from tree to tree, killing more red oak over an increasingly larger area. As more trees die from oak wilt, more fungal spores are produced, which allows the beetle to carry infection to new locations.
Firewood cut from infected trees can harbor the fungus, so don’t move firewood from one place in the state to another. If you suspect your firewood is infected by oak wilt, you can help slow the spread by burning it, chipping it or debarking it before April. Once the firewood has been dried for longer than a year and/or all the bark loosens, the firewood can no longer spread oak wilt.
To minimize the risk of oak wilt infection caused by logging damage, the DNR restricts cutting of red oak trees on state land between April 15 and July 15. The DNR recommends private forest landowners exercise caution during this period and, whenever possible, delay harvesting activity in oak forests until after July 15.
Resources if you suspect a tree has oak wilt
Report infections using this interactive map.
Contact a local DNR forest health specialist for more information at DNR-FRD-Forest-Health@michigan.gov.
Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Clinic also can verify oak wilt infection. Find instructions online or call 517-355-4536.
Get help from an oak-wilt qualified specialist. Visit MichiganOakWilt.org for more information.
Learn more about invasive species in the state at Michigan.gov/Invasives.
GARAGE SALES -
Permits are required by ordinance for incidental yard sales, two are allowed per year at no charge. Please pick up permits at the Township Hall for all yard sales.
APM Mosquito Control – Correspondence for AuSable Twp.
APM Mosquito Control has been contracted by AuSable Township to provide community-wide mosquito control services. Initially, crews will treat woodland pools and standing water sites to target larval populations. Township truck fogging will begin approximately the week before Memorial Day and continue throughout the summer as weather permits. Fogging will take place on Wednesday nights after dusk with Thursday nights reserved as a weather backup. Backpacking of residential sites for special occasions is also available by request. Any residents with standing water, excess adult mosquitoes, or those who DO NOT wish to be sprayed, are encouraged to contact our local office: 989-876-0374. More information, including product labels and safety data sheets are available at www.advancedmosquito.com
HIGH WATER LEVELS INFORMATION
Please refer to the Michigan website for information regarding:
Shoreline Management, Protecting Your Shoreline, Great Lakes Water Levels,
Permit Requirements, and other Frequently Asked Questions
EGLE Environmental Assistance Center - (800-662-9278)
Please contact the Iosco County Building Department at 989-362-6511 and the EGLE Bay City District office at 989-894-6200