News On Vermont Invasives

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

" “Invasive Plants in Our Changing World: Learn From the Past, Prepare for the Future,” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

This eighth biennial conference features national, regional and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for invasive plant management, and actions needed to promote native species and improve wildlife habitat.


Friday, September 9, 2016


Paul Fonteyn was surprised to see a number of Vermont Fish and Wildlife employees snorkeling just off the dock of his home on the shore of Lake Bomoseen.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Researchers Target Bug That Has Killed Tens Of Millions Of Ash Trees

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

"A new paper suggests we need to rethink our models about endangered plant species.

Japanese knotweed. Purple loosestrife. Kudzu. Mesquite. Giant hogweed. Bitou bush. What do all of these plants have in common? Easy: they’re all among the most invasive plant species on the planet. Wherever they turn up, native species often get squeezed out and pushed toward extinction.

Monday, August 22, 2016

For those who have never visited Seymour Lake in Morgan, Vermont – you’re missing out. This glacial lake in the Northeast Kingdom offers some of the most spectacular views, crystal clear waters, and excellent fishing opportunities in Vermont. It is also free of aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels that have plagued other waterbodies.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The problems caused by invasive species are not going away overnight. Vermont is facing a long-term stewardship issue that requires ingenious, thoughtful, and continued focus as we figure out how best to care for our land and water.

Much of Vermont is still relatively invasive free compared to our southern New England neighbors. The opportunity to maintain the existing structure and...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hemlock trees in southern Vermont have been threatened with hemlock woolly adelgid for several years.  They have also been stressed by drought for two seasons.  Recently another stressor has been added to the mix.  Elongate hemlock scale (EHS) has been found in stands of hemlock in Windham County, occasionally in conjunction with hemlock woolly adelgid.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Forest Health Update for July 2016 discusses Vermont's dry weather, sugar maple insects, early detection invasive plants, poison parsnip webworm, oak twig pruner, dutch elm disease, and Emerald Ash Borer Biosurveillance.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

WINOOSKI — Elizabeth Spinney and her crew walked through Gilbrook Natural Area armed with their weapons of choice, protected by thick gardening gloves and work boots. They were on the hunt for invasive plants, and their recent battle was just the latest in a war that seems never ending.

The invasive species problem continues to get worse as more plants find the Northeast to be a...