News On Vermont Invasives

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Monday, May 18, 2015

By Brian Nearing

Albany

The state's new system to confront the invasive emerald ash borer, which relies on quarantine zones drawn around forests known to be infested, is unique among the 25 states in the eastern U.S. where the ash-devouring pest is found.

As a consequence of no longer lining up with federal control rules, the U.S....

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The locavore movement in Vermont is strong, whether vegetables, meat, craft beer or goods and services. I am here to promote the same approach in the purchase and burning of firewood. Why is this important?

Transported firewood is a major vehicle of invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. These pests are a grave threat to our forests. Over half of...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Asian carp. Burmese python. Hemlock woolly adelgid. These are just some of the most destructive pests and the world's worst invasive species that raise the hackles of fisherman, farmers, and wildlife managers everywhere they invade.

But how do they establish themselves and take over non-native species so effectively and efficiently?

Knowing answers to these questions could...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Vermont public access greeters educate lake visitors about invasive species, provide courtesy watercraft inspections and STOP introductions.  Through 24 locally-run programs throughout Vermont in 2014, public access greeters greeted and educated 18,274 visitors about aquatic invasive species (AIS) and spread prevention techniques, sharing the Clean, Drain Dry! message....

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Join us at one of three workshops being offered in June through the Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIP).  VIP workshops cover such fundamentals as the difference between native, exotic, nuisance and invasive species; how invasive species are introduced and established; how to differentiate native aquatic plants and animals from their invasive lookalikes (plants will be emphasized); and how...

Monday, April 20, 2015

When Amazon launched its Amazon Home Services this week, the stars of the new initiative were …

Goats.

Seattle goats, specifically, ready to trim back your pesky shrubbery.

“We bring the goats and unload him,” said Tammy Dunakin, head goat wrangler and owner of Rent-A-Ruminant LLC. “The second they hit the ground, they’re eating. It’s...

Monday, April 20, 2015

As Memorial Day approaches and the summer camping season gets started, take a moment to think about the places that you love and how you can help to protect them. Chances are that trees make up a key component of these places.  A spreading sugar maple, a towering ash; trees are vital to many of the places iconic to Vermont and New England. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is a pest species that has killed tens of millions of ash trees and has the potential to kill most of the 8.7 billion ash trees in North America. The beetle, native to Asia, was accidentally introduced to the U.S. in 2002 in Michigan. Since then, it has spread into the eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

OXFORD, Pa. — I GREW up thinking little of plants. I was interested in snakes and turtles, then insects and, eventually, birds. Now I like plants. But I still like the life they create even more.

Monday, April 6, 2015

The long cold winter of 2014-2015 will go in the record books for a number of reasons.  It certainly impacted Vermont’s hemlock woolly adelgid survey program.  Hemlock woolly adelgid (hwa) is an invasive insect from Asia that feeds on hemlock trees.  It has been known to be in southern Vermont since 2007; primarily in Windham County, with small isolated infestations in Windsor...