News On Vermont Invasives

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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.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Vermont’s Public Access Greeter Program had a record-breaking year in 2015 while working to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Public access greeters educate lake visitors about invasive species and provide courtesy watercraft inspections for AIS.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The balsam woolly adelgid is an invasive insect that attacks true firs (Abies, spp) in eastern and western forests.  In Vermont, the native balsam fir and a commonly used Christmas tree, Fraser fir, are susceptible. This insect originated in Europe; probably first arriving in the northeast around 1900. It has been reported in Vermont for many years.  In 2015, scattered...

Monday, February 15, 2016

Snow lined fields, seed catalogs in the mailbox, and Punxsutawney not seeing his shadow bring thoughts of spring. A popular pastime in Vermont is to plan a walk through the woods just after snowmelt, and catch the brilliance of our spring ephemerals (short-lived wildflowers).