News On Vermont Invasives

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Mollie grew up in Ithaca New York, and came to Vermont to earn a BS from the Rubenstein School at the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies and a minor in Plant Biology. She has spent the past two and a half years working with the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, helping to steward a network of natural areas and conservation easement across the state. In that position, she...

Monday, November 17, 2014

At the 3rd Annual Tree Stewards Conference, Mark Duntemann, Owner of Natural Path Urban Forestry, challenged us to make better decisions that create resilient forests instead of letting history repeat itself, as it did with the widespread replanting of ash following the loss of elms to Dutch Elm Disease (DED). “Our choices have trans-generational effects. Hopefully the choices we make today...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers from Purdue and Colorado State universities have discovered that the fungus responsible for thousand cankers disease, a lethal affliction of walnut trees and related species, has a rich genetic diversity that may make the disease more difficult to control.

Adjunct assistant professor of forestry Keith Woeste and fellow researchers analyzed the genes of...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We are fortunate in this state to have public boat accesses that allow us to enjoy many of Vermont’s lakes and ponds. If you visited one of Vermont’s public boat accesses between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you may have interacted with a boat access aquatic invasive species greeter...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What may be the only Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) occurrence in Vermont has been reported this fall.  Found along a roadside in Chittenden County, this tree is a notorious invasive plant, and up till recently, Vermont has been one of the few states in the continental US without any records of this species. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

The emerald ash borer has prompted the state to extend its firewood quarantine to Rockingham and Hillsborough counties, after researchers recently found the pest in communities in both areas.

Merrimack County has also been under quarantine for the ash borer, which was first found in New Hampshire in 2013 and is considered the most destructive forest pest in North America. Federal...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"The team has accomplished a major goal, the generation of a blight-resistant American chestnut tree," said Dr. Timothy Tschaplinski, a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory who does chemical analysis for the research team to determine if the tissue of transgenic trees differs from that of wild-type trees. "The results of the metabolite analyses indicate that the nuts...

Monday, November 3, 2014

Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Westchester County by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Cornell and the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

ALBANY - Through a partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Department of Environmental Conservation is taking action to prevent the spread of hemlock woolly adelgid (or HWA) into the Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area and Zoar Valley Unique Area, the agency announced today.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Over the past 30 years, land managers in the eastern U.S. and Canada have spent countless man-hours and millions of dollars trying to tame a pernicious, invasive reed known as Phragmites australis.

Originally from Europe, phragmites (pronounced “frag-MY-tees”) grows in dense, tall stands that choke off native vegetation and litter wetlands with thick mats of decaying biomass...