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Monday, May 12, 2014

BOSTON —State and federal officials are gathering in Boston to celebrate the eradication of the destructive Asian longhorned beetle in the city.

State Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan will be joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and elected officials to discuss the success Monday at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain.


Monday, May 5, 2014

State forestry officials have confirmed a second infestation of emerald ash borer in Merrimack County, an area about 3 miles long by 2 miles wide on the border between Canterbury and Loudon.

They said the infestation appears to be unrelated to the first New Hampshire spotting of the invasive pest in Concord last spring.

Monday, May 5, 2014

GLOVER — A pair of Glover men may have found a new way to get money from trees — birch trees.

Longtime maple sugarmaker Bucky Shelton and a friend, Darrell Bussino, have teamed up and are making birch syrup. Its retail price is around $300 a gallon, and about the only significant source of it in the world, right now, is Alaska, which sells as much as it can make.

“It was an idea...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The White Ash tree (Fraxinus americana) is a highly valued hardwood in Vermont and elsewhere in the eastern United States. It is somewhat intolerant of shady conditions so is typically an early entrant into the successional stages of developing woodlands. Under forest conditions it grows tall and straight and is self-pruning, all highly desirable merchantable traits. Of the several other less...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The foliage on the University of Vermont’s green looks a lot different today than it did 60 years ago or so — the grand old American elms and their canopy are long gone — but a few living monuments are still there:

Three towering white pines, which date from the 1830s, are almost as old as UVM itself. This was among the arboreal factoids that emerged during a brisk, guided tree tour led...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Williston Ash Walk Sunday, tagging Monday

A group of town, state and national organizations is hoping to mobilize locals to be on the looking for an invasive pest that could signal the deaths of thousands of Williston trees.

April 27 – May 3 marks Vermont’s Ash Tree Awareness Week, organized by a joint effort between University of Vermont Extension, the Vermont...

Friday, April 25, 2014

BENNINGTON -- For those not sure what an ash tree looks like, or how many of them are out there, there will be an opportunity to learn on Sunday, the beginning of Ash Tree Awareness Week.

Bennington County Forester Kyle Mason will be leading a walk from 10 a.m. to noon at Emerald Lake State Park in East Dorset, showing people how to identify ash trees and give them a sense of the role...

Monday, April 21, 2014

If you take a walk in Montpelier’s Hubbard Park, you will likely come upon a tree with a purple ribbon and tag prompting you to consider, “What is this ash tree worth to you?”

During the week of April 27 to May 3, Vermonters will be considering this question as they celebrate the contributions made by ash trees, which go by the Latin name “Fraxinus.” The goal of Ash Tree Awareness...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The numbers are in and it was another fantastic year for the Vermont Boat Access Greeter Program. There were 23 locally-run programs located around Vermont and a total of nearly 15,000 boats were inspected by access greeters in 2013.  The program began in 2002 and last year brings the total cumulative number of boats inspected to 73,572 (Figure 1).  The goal of this program is to...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

As our amphibians start their annual migration and bears emerge from their dens, it is wise to take down bird feeders not only to avoid attracting bears but also prevent the spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA).