Invasives in the News

July 5, 2016

The Regional Invasive Insect Preparedness Team (RIIPT) presents four new hilarious and educational emerald ash borer public service announcements. The videos were produced by Demars Media and their work was funded in part by a Caring for Canopy Grant from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program. Check out the videos...

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June 29, 2016

"Permaculture is on the rise. Like small-scale, local farming in general, permaculture is fueled by increasing reports of damage caused by industrial-scale agriculture – pollution of land and water, neurotoxic pesticides, inhumane treatment of domestic animals, and sweeping destruction of habitat.

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June 17, 2016

This spring we’ve had reports that populations of the native forest tent caterpillar (FTC)
are building in Windham, Windsor, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans, and Rutland Counties. The
window of concern is May and June when the FTC larvae are actively feeding. Although caterpillar
development seems ahead of normal this year, there should be several more weeks
before they...

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June 17, 2016

The forest at Great Smoky Mountains National Park is sick, infected by invasive bugs and plants. Matt Moore, Kaleb Lique Naitove and Emily Baird of the National Park Service are some of the field medics trying to keep it alive.

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June 17, 2016

The Mapping for Healthy Forests Vermont project on iNaturalist is well underway for the 2016 growing season. Already, volunteers have collected over 1,700 observations across the state, from Woodford to Highgate! If you would like to be part of the action, check out www.inaturalist.org, join the “Mapping for Healthy Forests".

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Backyard Woods

June 10, 2016

This June, The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program is piloting a NEW Backyard Woods Program. The Program will be piloted in Washington County and is a four-week online program.

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June 10, 2016

Bob Popp, Vermont State's Botanist, says the state is seeing more invasive plants, and believes that the climate change is playing a major roll. 

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May 31, 2016

Springfield, Vt. — An invasive pest with a nasty habit of killing trees has established a toehold in the Upper Valley, and could bring devastation to the area’s forests in coming years, wildlife officials say.

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May 26, 2016

"The United States has a rich native flora of over 18,000 native plant species. Plants color our distinctive and inspirational landscapes and provide a multitude of ecological goods and services. Native plants continue to provide new material for domestic gardens and urban spaces. Increasingly naturalistic planting schemes draw on the rich palette of native species combined with plants from...

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May 23, 2016

Infection is hard to detect at first. It takes up to three years for the serious symptoms to show, but when they do, it doesn’t take long.

Ash trees became common in Vermont after Dutch elm disease decimated elm populations across the state, starting in the 1960s or so.

Now, ash trees are at risk.

The problem is the emerald ash borer, an insect native to eastern Asia...

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May 23, 2016

A new Vermont rule effective May 1st prevents invasive insects from piggybacking into the state on untreated firewood. As summer camping season arrives, visitors to Vermont should be prepared to buy firewood in-state or be able to verify that imported firewood is heat-treated to USDA-approved standards.

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May 20, 2016

"SOUTH HERO, Vt.

The flowers in your garden aren't the only plants springing back to life, those unwanted weeds, and invasive plants are also breathing new life. 

Though we are welcoming the greening up of trees and lawns, not all plants coming back. 

Bob Popp, Vermont State's Botanist says the state is seeing more invasive plants. 

He believes that...

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May 16, 2016

Syracuse, N.Y. -- A tree disease capable of wiping out black walnuts across the Eastern U.S. is heading for New York.

Thousand cankers disease has arrived in Ohio and Pennsylvania. It has not yet been found in New York state, but it could be on its way, or even here already.

"It could come into New York at any time," said Karen Snover-Clift, director of the plant...

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May 9, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ind. – When it comes to pruning trees, it’s easier to start when the plant is newly established.

The more formative pruning done to a tree, the less work it will require later on.

“Whenever you prune, you’re going to have a major impact on that tree,” said Lindsey Purcell, urban forestry specialist at Purdue University.

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May 6, 2016

"500 trees planted in the Burlington's newest park"

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