News On Vermont Invasives

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

UNDERHILL, Vt. — Scientists at a research lab deep in the maple woods of northern Vermont have made a discovery that could revolutionize New England’s most tradition-steeped form of agriculture. But their work may also threaten a cherished way of life.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Currently partnering with the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and volunteers, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) has been...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

This February, hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) was detected in Springfield by a volunteer, for the first time in Windsor County, just over the county line from a previous find in Rockingham.  News headlines over the past couple of months have speculated that “Hemlocks are happy with deep freeze: It's killing off a killer”.  With the slow spread of HWA to new towns, is the polar vortex...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Worcester has been awarded a $450,000 state grant to plant 900 trees to replace a portion of the thousands of trees felled because of an Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) was detected in Windsor County for the first time by a volunteer. The location was in Springfield, just over the county line from a previous find in Rockingham. The identification has been confirmed by the University of Vermont.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New research from the University of Auckland shows invasive tropical and sub-tropical plants that displace native species could thrive and spread if global temperatures rise as climate scientists predict.

Plant ecology PhD student Christine Sheppard from the University’s Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity, School of Biological Sciences, used bioclimatic models...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Burlington--This spring the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program will offer a course for people interested in becoming stewards of trees in their communities.

The Stewardship of the Urban Landscape (SOUL) course will run from March 19 through April 26 and includes four consecutive Wednesdays and two all-day Saturday sessions (March 22 and April 26). The evening classes will...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Monday, January 27, 2014

At one time, long rows of old ash trees shaded Larry Tracewell’s Ohio neighborhood in the summer.

They surrounded his woodshop, too, having grown tall and mature after being planted more than 25 years ago.

But in the past 10 years, these ash trees started thinning out due to infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. Larry himself was forced to cut down the 18 trees around his...

Monday, January 20, 2014

Asian longhorned beetles are more than four times as likely to develop into an adult when feeding on red maple trees versus other tree species in Massachusetts forests, according to a recent story.

The U.S. Forest Service study, published in the scientific journal Insects, could help prioritize beetle survey strategies in other states. In the regulated area of Worcester and surrounding...