News On Vermont Invasives

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hemlock trees in southern Vermont have been threatened with hemlock woolly adelgid for several years.  They have also been stressed by drought for two seasons.  Recently another stressor has been added to the mix.  Elongate hemlock scale (EHS) has been found in stands of hemlock in Windham County, occasionally in conjunction with hemlock woolly adelgid.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Forest Health Update for July 2016 discusses Vermont's dry weather, sugar maple insects, early detection invasive plants, poison parsnip webworm, oak twig pruner, dutch elm disease, and Emerald Ash Borer Biosurveillance.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

WINOOSKI — Elizabeth Spinney and her crew walked through Gilbrook Natural Area armed with their weapons of choice, protected by thick gardening gloves and work boots. They were on the hunt for invasive plants, and their recent battle was just the latest in a war that seems never ending.

The invasive species problem continues to get worse as more plants find the Northeast to be a...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

In the mid-2000s, a brown, slimy organism began showing up in some of Vermont’s high-quality trout streams. First in the Batten Kill River in 2006, and later in the White River and Mad River, among others. It appeared that Didymosphenia geminata (Didymo, or “rock snot”) had gained a foothold in the state, and was slowly spreading across Vermont. There were fears that the...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Regional Invasive Insect Preparedness Team (RIIPT) presents four new hilarious and educational emerald ash borer public service announcements. The videos were produced by Demars Media and their work was funded in part by a Caring for Canopy Grant from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program. Check out the videos...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"Permaculture is on the rise. Like small-scale, local farming in general, permaculture is fueled by increasing reports of damage caused by industrial-scale agriculture – pollution of land and water, neurotoxic pesticides, inhumane treatment of domestic animals, and sweeping destruction of habitat.

Friday, June 17, 2016

This spring we’ve had reports that populations of the native forest tent caterpillar (FTC)
are building in Windham, Windsor, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans, and Rutland Counties. The
window of concern is May and June when the FTC larvae are actively feeding. Although caterpillar
development seems ahead of normal this year, there should be several more weeks
before they...

Friday, June 17, 2016

The forest at Great Smoky Mountains National Park is sick, infected by invasive bugs and plants. Matt Moore, Kaleb Lique Naitove and Emily Baird of the National Park Service are some of the field medics trying to keep it alive.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Mapping for Healthy Forests Vermont project on iNaturalist is well underway for the 2016 growing season. Already, volunteers have collected over 1,700 observations across the state, from Woodford to Highgate! If you would like to be part of the action, check out, join the “Mapping for Healthy Forests:...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

This June, The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program is piloting a NEW Backyard Woods Program. The Program will be piloted in Washington County. The Vermont Backyard Woods Program is a four-week online program. Each week we will explore a unit that include the following themes:

•An Introduction to Your Backyard and Beyond

•Getting to Know Your Woods

•Backyard Woods...