2016 / 2017 Snow Season Totals

John Reffel III - Monday, June 19, 2017
2016 / 2017 Snow Season Recap The Denver Metro area has recorded the least accumulation of snow for any season over the last 10 years. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting a total of 21.8” of snow for the period of September 1st through May 31st 2017. The historic average is 57.1” accumulation during the same period, resulting in a shortfall from average of 35.3” for the season. The 2016-2017 season will go into the books as the 3rd lowest snow season since record keeping began in 1881.  
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Emerald Ash Borer in Colorado - Identification of Insects and Damage of Similar Appearance

John Reffel III - Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The emerald ash borer (Agrilus plannipennis) is a wood boring beetle of Asian origin that has become established in parts of the upper Midwest. It is extremely damaging to all North America species of ash (Fraxinus), including green ash and white ash that are very commonly grown in Colorado landscape settings. Click here for additional info from Colorado State University. (/Docs/Emerald_borer_CSU.pdf)  
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Ips beetles

John Reffel III - Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Ips beetles, sometimes known as “engraver beetles,” are bark beetles that damage pine and spruce trees. They develop under the bark and produce girdling tunnels that can cause die-back and kill trees. Eleven species of ips beetles occur in Colorado. Click here for additional info about IPS Beetle in Colorado (/Docs/ipsbeetle.pdf)  
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Lilac/Ash Borer: A Common Wood Borer of Colorado’s Street Trees

John Reffel III - Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Lilac / Ash Borer needs to treated during the spring. Please contact JLS (/contact.html) to schedule or click the link below for additioanl info. https://extension.colostate.edu/docs/pubs/insect/05614.pdf  
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JLS to attend the 19th Annual SIMA Symposium

John Reffel III - Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The annual event put on by the Snow & Ice Association SIMA will be held in Providence, Rhode Island from June 22 - 25. JLS team members will be attending four days of educational sessions from calibrating deicing trucks, knowing what deicers work best at different temperatures, equipment safety and maintenance to sustainable salt use. Team members will also have access to the trade show where the latest technologies will be displayed. From plows, mag chloride sprayers, weather forecasting software to crew electronic time keeping al 
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JLS team members participated in BOMA’s Annual Workday at Denver Children’s Home.

John Reffel III - Thursday, May 12, 2016
Every year the Building Owners & Managers Association BOMA brings volunteers together to work at Denver Children’s Home (http://www.denverchildrenshome.org/) and Mount Saint Vincent’s Home. On Friday June 10th JLS crew members top dressed all of the shrub beds with new recycled wood mulch, planted annuals, shaped shrubbery & removed several dead trees. While other BOMA volunteers provided spring cleaning and painting of interior areas of the building. Denver Children’s Home opened in 1876 as the Denver Orphan 
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