News On Vermont Invasives

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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.


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.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The wasps we’re most familiar with — paper wasps, yellow jackets, hornets — are all social wasps. They live in a colony with one queen, a few male drones and hundreds or thousands of female workers, depending on the species. They work as a unit for the benefit of all. Ninety percent of wasp species, however, live solitary lives, with every female not only laying eggs, but also constructing the...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Many of Vermont’s best-loved trees face serious threats from invasive pests that have destroyed millions of trees in some states. One of the most troubling is the emerald ash borer, a deadly forest predator which has no known, effective treatment. The insect hasn’t yet reached Vermont, but the state is getting ready for it.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The ridgeline atop Putney Mountain is being invaded by a fast moving plant-- the buckthorn.

"It sets little berries in the fall and the birds eat the berries and distribute them here and there and everywhere," said Claire Wilson of the Putney Mountain Association.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIP), a volunteer monitoring program of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC), provides a critical line of defense against invasive species that threaten our lakes and ponds.