News On Vermont Invasives

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

In 2001, ash trees began dying in Detroit, and no one could say why. Then glittering green beetles were discovered crawling out of an ash log.

American scientists had never seen the beetles, and they reached out to experts around the world for help. A Slovakian entomologist named Eduard Jendek solved the mystery: Detroit’s ash trees were being killed by Agrilus planipennis, the emerald...

Monday, August 24, 2015

As part of my job managing aquatic invasive species for the Department of Environmental Conservation, earlier this summer I traveled to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom for a site visit to Shadow Lake in the town of Glover.

Friday, August 21, 2015

"Years ago, President Woodrow Wilson grazed sheep on the White House lawn. The wool was sold to raise money for the Red Cross during World War I.

Today there are other reasons to pasture animals on public property in towns and villages – and two Vermont towns experimenting with the practice are seeing positive results.

In Randolph, just at the edge of the village, Jenn Colby’s...

Friday, August 21, 2015

At the height of summer, numerous plants are in bloom. Also in bloom are the reported sightings of invasive plants. While many reports correctly identify common culprits, like Wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed, the suspected sightings of other invasive plants increase because of native plant look-a-likes.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Clarion, PA, July 28-30, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

By Jan Beglinger Genesee Master Gardener

Oak wilt is an aggressive and often deadly disease that affects all species of oaks (Quercus).  It is one of the most serious tree diseases in the eastern United States.

Each year thousands of oaks die from this disease in yards, public landscapes and forests.  It has been found in 21 states, with considerable damage occurring in...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August is “Tree Check” month.  It’s the time when ecologists are out surveying the forests to see if invasive insect species are showing up in the state. Here in Vermont scientists are primarily on the lookout for Asian longhorned beetle, Emerald ash borer, and hemlock woolly adelgid.

So far the longhorned beetle and the emerald ash borer haven’t infiltrated...

Saturday, August 8, 2015

"ESSEX, Vt. -
As a landscaper, Judson Kimble is used to pulling out tough weeds. But this plant fought back.

"The foliage, the stems, the flowers. Any of it. If you break it, it all has juice inside of it," Kimble said.

That juice earned the wild parsnip its second name, "poison parsnip." And it's the reason Kimble has long, red marks all over his arms. When the sap hit his...

Friday, August 7, 2015

"New York State recently completed its second Invasive Species Awareness Week. The effort to expand awareness about the spread and prevention of invasive species is patterned on an effort that began in the Adirondacks.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Washington, Aug. 3, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announces August is Tree Check Month and urges people to check trees for signs of the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). August is a time of peak emergence for the beetle and is most likely when the adult beetle can be seen infesting trees.