News On Vermont Invasives

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIP), a volunteer monitoring program of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC), provides a critical line of defense against invasive species that threaten our lakes and ponds.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a small, aphid-like insect that is covered with white, waxy wool-like material. This insect, which came from Japan in the 1950s, causes deterioration of infested trees, including loss of needles, crown thinning, and tree death.

Over the coming weeks, entomologists at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will release...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus plantipenis), a recent insect immigrant to North America carried in with the wooden packing material of imported goods, is projected to cause over a billion dollars in damages annually over the next decade. International standards now require expensive fumigation or heat treatment of wood pallets and crates to prevent the inadvertent import of new wood boring...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials today confirmed that the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, has been found in Somerset County.

A landscaper investigating unhealthy trees in a retail area in Bridgewater last week alerted the Department.  Inspectors took samples and insect larvae were sent to the U. S. Department...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Don’t be alarmed to see someone with a hard hat walking around the street or in the neighbor’s backyard using binoculars to look up into trees.

State crews supported by the United States Department of Agriculture are in town, inspecting for the infamous Asian longhorned beetle.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New research at Michigan State University shows that the uber-destructive emerald ash borer arrived at least 10 years before it was first identified in North America.

The study, published in the current issue of journal Diversity and Distributions, shows that EABs were feasting on ash trees in southeast Michigan by the early 1990s, well before this pest was discovered in 2002, said Deb...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

by Clara MacCarald

Garlic mustard may be unfairly scapegoated as a major threat to our native forests. Garlic mustard is very visible compared to some other threats, explained Victoria...

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...