Invasives in the News

May 18, 2015

By Brian Nearing

Albany

The state's new system to confront the invasive emerald ash borer, which relies on quarantine zones drawn around forests known to be infested, is unique among the 25 states in the eastern U.S. where the ash-devouring pest is found.

As a consequence of no longer lining up with federal control rules, the U.S....

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May 10, 2015

The locavore movement in Vermont is strong, whether vegetables, meat, craft beer or goods and services. I am here to promote the same approach in the purchase and burning of firewood. Why is this important?

Transported firewood is a major vehicle of invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. These pests are a grave threat to our forests. Over half of...

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April 29, 2015

Asian carp. Burmese python. Hemlock woolly adelgid. These are just some of the most destructive pests and the world's worst invasive species that raise the hackles of fisherman, farmers, and wildlife managers everywhere they invade.

But how do they establish themselves and take over non-native species so effectively and efficiently?

Knowing answers to these questions could...

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April 20, 2015

When Amazon launched its Amazon Home Services this week, the stars of the new initiative were …

Goats.

Seattle goats, specifically, ready to trim back your pesky shrubbery.

“We bring the goats and unload him,” said Tammy Dunakin, head goat wrangler and owner of Rent-A-Ruminant LLC. “The second they hit the ground, they’re eating. It’s...

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April 20, 2015

As Memorial Day approaches and the summer camping season gets started, take a moment to think about the places that you love and how you can help to protect them. Chances are that trees make up a key component of these places.  A spreading sugar maple, a towering ash; trees are vital to many of the places iconic to Vermont and New England. 

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April 20, 2015

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is a pest species that has killed tens of millions of ash trees and has the potential to kill most of the 8.7 billion ash trees in North America. The beetle, native to Asia, was accidentally introduced to the U.S. in 2002 in Michigan. Since then, it has spread into the eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada.

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Courtney Wotherspoon

April 9, 2015

OXFORD, Pa. — I GREW up thinking little of plants. I was interested in snakes and turtles, then insects and, eventually, birds. Now I like plants. But I still like the life they create even more.

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April 6, 2015

The long cold winter of 2014-2015 will go in the record books for a number of reasons.  It certainly impacted Vermont’s hemlock woolly adelgid survey program.  Hemlock woolly adelgid (hwa) is an invasive insect from Asia that feeds on hemlock trees.  It has been known to be in southern Vermont since 2007; primarily in Windham County, with small isolated infestations in Windsor...

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March 30, 2015

The lime-green flowers of the slender orchid known as the Small Whorled Pogonia used to bloom on forested slopes throughout New England, but they — and more than one-third of the region’s native orchids — are disappearing.

In all, 22 percent of all native plant species in New England are now either extinct, rare, or in a state of decline, strangled by invasive vines, trampled by...

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March 23, 2015

The emerald ash borer is poised for an assault on Nebraska’s ash trees, but the best thing that homeowners can do is wait.

That’s the advice from landscape experts, who say treatment methods that ward off the destructive pest also are hard on trees.

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March 13, 2015

In the early 1920s, the city planted thousands of red pines in Leeds in an effort to protect the nearby watershed.

Almost a century later, the trees populating the city's water supply land off Kennedy and Chesterfield roads are dying off rapidly, in part due to an invasive insect called the red pine scale. The pest first spread in southern New England, New York, New Jersey and eastern...

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March 10, 2015

We are finally coming out of the deep freeze that we were in for pretty much all of February. Forty-three days below freezing in some parts of the state, 5-degree averages in Montpelier and Rutland. There will be some casualties of the cold weather – but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

In fact, this winter’s harsh weather is good news – at least temporarily – for those combating a...

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February 20, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking approval for the intentional release of an Asian species of parasitic wasp in order to combat the spread of an invasive beetle wreaking havoc on North American ash trees.

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February 18, 2015

Baton Rouge, La. - The emerald ash borer, a severe insect pest of ash trees, has been confirmed in Webster Parish making Louisiana the 25th state to confirm the presence of this beetle.

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February 4, 2015

Athens, Ga. - For the first time, University of Georgia researchers have successfully cryogenically frozen germplasm from hemlock trees being wiped out across the eastern U.S. by an invasive insect. They've also unlocked a new way to clone the few hemlock trees apparently fighting off the hemlock woolly adelgid, which could potentially lead to a solution for the pest.

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