News On Vermont Invasives

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Federal scientists now believe there are a few extra hardy ash trees out in nature that have — for reasons unknown — defied the odds and held up against the highly destructive, green metallic beetle from China known as the emerald ash borer.

They want the public’s help in finding those “survivor” trees — and are starting their research in seven northwest Ohio counties and 10 southeast...

Monday, October 13, 2014

'So, what do you think?" writes Dr. Loree Griffin Burns.

"If cutting trees in one community today would save the trees in your backyard tomorrow, is it worth it?

"Would you feel the same way if you lived in that community, and the trees being cut down were the only ones in your entire neighborhood?"

As of Oct. 1, 23,785 infested trees and 10,512 high-risk trees had been...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In just three years all the ash trees on this street in Toledo, Ohio succumbed to the emerald ash borer (EAB). Don’t let this happen to your community! Hear Chicago forester Mark Duntemann share his experience from the front lines of the EAB infestation on October 18th at the Third Annual Tree Steward's Conference: Our Changing Forests.


Friday, October 10, 2014

The emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, a researcher at Wright State University suspects.

Biology professor Don Cipollini, Ph.D., director of the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program, has found that the invasive green beetle has apparently begun to attack white fringetree.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall foliage is one of those annual events many of you look forward to. While the changing leaves certainly represent the end of the growing season, they also bring some wonderful colors against a backdrop of blue skies and crisp air.

Although healthy mature trees don't change much year to year, the colors the leaves show can be dramatically different from one fall season to the...

Monday, September 29, 2014

What if you were buying a home and were advised the furnace was operating on borrowed time? Or perhaps the kitchen appliances look as if they were manufactured during the Nixon administration.

Replacing these key components of your home is something you'd have to deal with relatively soon — and that could cost you significantly, so you'd factor that into your purchasing decision or...

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Hampshire has expanded its firewood quarantine to Rockingham County and Hillsborough County east of interstate 293, after discovering an invasive beetle in Salem.

The Emerald Ash Borer – which has decimated ash trees in the mid-west – was discovered in traps mounted less than a mile from an infestation just south of the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border, in North Andover.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The aquatic invasive zooplankton, spiny water flea – a crustacean, not a flea as the name implies – has become Lake Champlain’s 50th aquatic invasive species. Details can be found in this August 28, 2014 Lake...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A trio of projects will launch renewed efforts to save the eastern hemlock following awards of $75,000 under the Hemlock Restoration Initiative.

Dying in droves from the invasive hemlock wooly adelgid, hemlock trees have long been a stalwart of Appalachian forests and an important ecological anchor. Dead hemlocks can negatively affect nesting songbirds, trout...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.

"Our new decoy and electrocution process may be useful in managing what the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service claims to be the...