News On Vermont Invasives

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Tuesday, 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...

Monday, 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 --...

Tuesday, 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...

Monday, 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...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

“There is a fungus among us!”

Thursday, 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...

Thursday, March 10, 2016

"A collaborative project of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Outsmart Invasive Species app is one of many apps aimed at getting “citizen scientists” involved with conservations causes, such as the containment of invasive species. This...

Tuesday, 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...

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Environmental Law Institute has been hosting a semiar series on invasive species. There is one upcoming webinar on February 22nd, but all past seminars are free to watch or listen to on their website.