News On Vermont Invasives

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The loss of eastern hemlock could affect water yield and storm flow from forest watersheds in the southern Appalachians, according to a new study by U.S. Forest Service scientists at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, in southwest North Carolina. The article was just published online in the journal Ecohydrology.

“Eastern hemlock trees have died throughout much of their range due to the...

Monday, August 25, 2014

A tree infested by emerald ash borers is indistinguishable from a healthy specimen, at first, but as the invasive beetle lays its eggs larvae begin to eat serpentine tunnels beneath the bark, feeding steadily on phloem, the vascular passageways that carry metabolic fuel from the leaves, until, slowly, it begins to wither from the...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thousand cankers disease, a relatively new disease to Colorado that is lethal to infested black walnut trees, has now arrived in the northeast plains. The disease was confirmed in Fort Morgan through cooperative efforts of the Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado State University Extension, City of Fort Morgan and the CSU Plant Diagnostics Clinic, and likely arrived in the community through...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

So the city of Madison has been looking at new ways to charge its residents for the growing cost of fighting the tree-killing emerald ash borer.

The city's Alternative Revenue Work Group has been studying ideas to pay for programs with large price spikes.

Wisconsin Public Radio says an ordinance will be introduced Tuesday for a fee to help Madison's Forestry Division do its work...

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lime Pond (10 acres) in Barnard becomes the 68th Vermont lake/pond with a population of the aquatic invasive species, Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum). Eurasian watermilfoil is a nonnative perennial aquatic plant...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

You’ve probably already heard about the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) — or ALB for short — and its impact on the nation’s trees.

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...