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Dr. Chris Ulrey

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Plant Ecologist

Phone: (202) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: c***@***.gov
National Park Service
1849 C Street Nw
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20240
United States

Company Description: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history...   more

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  • doctorate
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But with the help of National ..., 13 Mar 2013 [cached]
But with the help of National Park Service plant ecologist Chris Ulrey, they're steadily trying out different types of native plants - such as the sun-loving prickly pear cactus - that will sustain themselves with minimal spot watering. Spray takes on mountain tree pest, 11 Feb 2007 [cached]
Chris Ulrey, botanist with the National Park Service, will speak about how hemlock adelgids are attacking hemlocks in this area and what can be done about it.
Do you love Blueberries?, 22 Aug 2013 [cached]
"It's been a fabulous year for blueberries," said Chris Ulrey, botanist for the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Thanks Eric and Christy and Joey and Jill!
"All of the park's hemlocks are ... [cached]
"All of the park's hemlocks are now infested," says BRP plant ecologist Chris Ulrey. The park's highest concentration of hemlocks occurs between Grandfather Mountain and Linville Falls and in isolated patches south of Asheville. Hemlocks north of Boone are not being treated "because those trees are too far gone"-already dead or nearly so. The treatments, in which adelgid-killing chemicals are injected around the trees' roots, are conducted from mid-April to mid-June, "because that's when they seem to work best."
Most of the $40,000-50,000 the park receives annually from the US Forest Service to fight HWA will go to treating trees at Linville Falls (MP 316.4) and an old growth forest just north of Sims Pond (MP 295.9), Ulrey says. At Linville Falls, some trees treated the first year will be retreated. The chemical seems to protect trees from HWA for 3-4 years. Treated trees are "looking good," he says, while untreated ones-and there are legions of them-are dead or dying.
Priority is given to Linville Falls' Carolina hemlocks, a rare species that occurs only in isolated places in the Virginia, Georgia and North and South Carolina mountains, and to hemlocks in developed areas-along roads, trails and in campgrounds and picnic areas. The funding the park receives allows Ulrey's crew of 2-3 seasonal employees to treat about 1,000 hemlocks annually.
The best predictor of brilliant color ... [cached]
The best predictor of brilliant color will be in the coming weeks, said Chris Ulrey, plant biologist with the Blue Ridge Parkway.
"Bright, sunny days and cool nights in late September and early October really enhances the color," Ulrey said.
Those weather conditions help break down the sugars and starches in the leaves, which decomposes the chlorophyll, which gives leaves their green color. "When the chlorophyll breaks down, all the other colors that were there all along start to show through," he said.
But Ulrey said the true indicator will be when the first frost arrives, which kicks color change into high gear.
The best places to start looking for colorful leaves is in the high country.
"The first place to check is the tops of mountains," Ulrey said.
"One of the great things about the Southern Appalachians is the huge diversity of trees we have, compared to a place like New England where they only have a few species that peak all at once," Ulrey said.
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