Invasives in the News

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


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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May 3, 2016

Chickens are so last year — Brooklyn is all about the goats now. In fact, the Prospect Park Alliance just coughed up $15,000 to bring a heard of hungry goats to Prospect Park, where they will eat their way across the aptly named Vale of Cashmere.

The goats are part of a scheme to help undo some of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy and other storms that have battered the park in...

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May 2, 2016

Forest scientists have found an unexpected 'silver lining' to the insect outbreaks that have ravaged millions of trees across western North America.

While insect outbreaks leave trees looking like matchsticks, a new University of Vermont-led study finds these hungry critters significantly reduce wildfire severity.

The findings contrast sharply with popular attitudes --...

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April 19, 2016

Tackling Invasive Plant Control in Vermont

Seed catalogs have long been abandoned, as many of us are grabbing onto our shovels and rakes, waiting for the weather to warm and the ground to thaw. If invasive plant control is on your “to-do” this spring, here are some recommendations for useful tools, and resources for how to use them. 

Ever tried to grub up a...

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April 18, 2016

As the 2015-2016 hemlock woolly adelgid survey season got under way there was some concern for the condition of hemlock trees in southern Vermont. The preceding growing season included a period of sinificant drought. Trees on ledgy sites were showing signs of stress. Elongate hemlock scale had been found in the area, sometimes coexisting with HWA. As the winter wore on, temperatures were mild...

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April 14, 2016

Watercraft decontamination stations for aquatic invasive species popping up across Vermont in 2016

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April 12, 2016

“There is a fungus among us!”

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April 7, 2016

This winter has been the warmest on record in much of New England. And while many people enjoyed the T-shirt weather, it made Claire E. Rutledge, a researcher with Connecticut’s Agricultural Experiment Station, more concerned about what next season may hold.

Beginning in April, she will head to Wharton Brook and other state lands, setting traps for the southern pine beetle and checking...

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March 8, 2016

Two years ago, in May 2014, the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands released parasitic wasps at three sites in Concord and Canterbury in an attempt to control emerald ash borer (EAB) populations with natural predators (read more about the project here). Bill Davidson and Kyle...

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