News On Vermont Invasives

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PITTSFIELD -- State environmental officials are expanding their arsenal to combat the spread of an invasive insect that is threatening the region's population of ash trees.

The Department of Conservation is experimenting with new green, multi-funnel traps as one such weapon against the emerald ash borer. The traps have been hung on trees in Central Berkshire, including along Washington...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is a serious threat to Vermont’s forests and trees. It has not been found in Vermont yet, but we need your help to be on the lookout for it!

Between now and the end of August, we're inviting all pool owners to check their filters and swimmers for ALB.

Why pools as collection sites? Days after the discovery of ALB in Worcester, experts were...

Monday, July 14, 2014

SALEM — The emerald ash borer, an Asian beetle that can wreak havoc on ash trees, is moving closer to the ash tree populations of southern New Hampshire.

Although the beetle has yet to infect any trees in Salem, the species was recently found in Methuen, Mass.

“This means that 13 towns in Hillsborough and Rockingham counties are now in the orange zone,” said Salem Conservation...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ken Gooch, supervisor of the DCR Forest Health Program, sits in a small plane and looks down. Spread below him are the coastlines, hills and forests of the North Shore.
To the untrained eye, it’s beautiful. But that’s not what Gooch notices.
"I can see pockets of dead trees," Gooch said. "This has been probably some of the worst that I’ve seen."


In the last year, Gooch...

Monday, July 7, 2014

We all know plants absorb carbon dioxide and expel oxygen, giving us the safe and clean air that  humans breathe.

But now scientists have said that some invasive species of plant such as Japanese knotweed and...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Invasive species have garnered a lot of media attention, and it's no surprise when you consider examples such as the infamous emerald ash borer, accountable for nearly 100 percent ash mortality within infested stands; hemlock wooly adelgid, which is sucking the life from large tracts of hemlock stands in the Northeast; and Japanese stiltgrass, which carpets the forest understory depriving...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

This past winter was the coldest Detroit had experienced in 36 years. Across the upper Midwest, cities shivered, and more than 90 percent of the surface area of the Great Lakes froze solid.

It seemed like ideal weather to kill an unwanted insect. But it did little to stop the emerald ash borer, an invasive Asian beetle that is devastating ash trees from Minnesota to New York.

“We...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In communities across Vermont several ash trees are marked with a purple ribbon and tag prompting you to consider, “What is this ash tree worth to you?” 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Soon after the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered in the U.S.