News On Vermont Invasives

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Looking for a silver lining to our extreme cold temperatures? They're likely to kill loads of emerald ash borers, the nasty invasive pest that threatens the state's ash trees.

The insect goes through winter as larvae under ash tree bark, and when the temperature falls to minus 30, nearly all the larvae die, according to Rob Venette, a research biologist with the U.S. Forest Service...

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dec. 18, 2013 — Woodpeckers find emerald ash borers a handy food source and may slow the spread of this noxious pest, even ultimately controlling it, suggest researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Their findings are published online in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.

"We found we have a native predator that is able to detect and respond to...

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sue Lovering is an action volunteer. Once appointed to the Johnson Conservation Commission in September 2010, she successfully completed the SOUL Leadership Program and the First Detector Program.  Using the knowledge gained and her creative abilities, she continues to lead groups willing to tackle Japanese knotweed along Johnson's streams, the emerald ash borer threat along the town's...

Friday, December 20, 2013

As an Environmental Science Major and someone who had lived through Rutland's "Noricane" and subsequent wind events Nick Trapeni had become concerned about the vulnerability of Rutland's street trees to further attacks.  He had heard about Emerald Ash Borer and it's slow population progression towards Vermont and was interested in helping in some way.  What resulted was his CAPSTONE...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

In 2013, greeter programs at 24 boat access areas throughout the state offered courtesy inspections to incoming and outgoing boat traffic. Greeters look for any plant material or animals that may be “hitching a ride” on boats and other recreational gear, and share important information on...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

December 17 was National Maple Syrup Day!  So, what does maple syrup have in common with an invasive insect?  Well, if the insect is the Asian longhorned beetle, then they both can come from maple trees.  Obviously, we want the maple syrup and not the invasive beetle.  But who cares?  And why should anyone care?  Well, I care and here’s why:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

PORTSMOUTH, NH (NEWS CENTER) -- Every fall, the management of Water Country Water Park brings in a certified arborist to inspect the trees that provide shade and enhance the beauty of the park to make sure they are safe, healthy and secure.  This year he found something they never expected.

"We didn't really notice much of anything with these trees," stated Cristine Trayner, Water...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A crew of Sunderland Elementary School students took to Bennington's streets recently to survey their ash trees. Led by Shelly Stiles, District Manager of the Bennington County Conservation District, and teacher Mary Ann Caraco, the students mapped the locations of ash trees by street and intersection, and  recorded them according to their diameters. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

November 21, 2013, Ottawa

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in the following new locations in Quebec: