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Monday, November 25, 2013

November 21, 2013, Ottawa

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in the following new locations in Quebec:

Monday, November 25, 2013

As the first snowflakes hit Vermont, you may also notice the white, fuzzy ovisacs of the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) on hemlock needles.  The overwintering generation is now actively feeding.  More hemlocks are starting to show symptoms of HWA attack- dull gray/green color and thinning crowns.  Two survey data sheets have already come in – although we wouldn’t force anyone to...

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thankfully, no emerald ash borers (EAB) were found in Cerceris fumipennis sites in Vermont in 2013.  Almost as newsworthy is that about 45 volunteers contributed a total of over 200 hours by monitoring known Cerceris nest sites and searching for new locations.  Many seasoned wasp watchers continued their commitment to the project and new trainees joined the ranks....

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Department of Environmental Conservation is pleased to announce the availability of project year 2014 Application for Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-in-Aid Grants.  These grants provide financial assistance to municipalities and agencies of the state for aquatic nuisance species management programs, targeting non-native invasive and native species.  Funding for Grant-in-Aid...

Monday, November 25, 2013


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sunlight filters through a large mullioned window, a cheery wood fire chasing the chill from a November day in Jonathan Kline’s cluttered Hector studio. Baskets, finished and in progress, long black-ash weaving strips, and a selection of rough-looking tools cover every available surface. More baskets are suspended overhead. He is...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

CONCORD, New Hampshire — A detection program that wrapped up recently found no signs that a destructive beetle targeting ash trees has spread beyond a six-mile stretch of Concord along the Merrimack River, allowing scientists to focus on containing the pest.

The emerald ash borer, a native of China, has been marching relentlessly outward since it was first discovered in Michigan in 2002...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The grove of hemlock trees around where United Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11 is being attacked by an insect that wasn't there 20 years ago, and some scientists say it's an example of how climate change combines with other factors to cause environmental damage.

The problem at the Flight 93 National Memorial in southwestern Pennsylvania doesn't involve superstorms...

Friday, November 8, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vermont — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning people not to release aquarium fish into the state's waterways.

The warning came after a non-native clown knife fish was found dead in a central Vermont pond.

Fisheries Biologist Shawn Good says it's likely the 17-inch fish had been someone's pet, but it outgrew its aquarium and was released.


Monday, November 4, 2013

DURHAM, N.H.--Northeast U.S. and Canadian forest health managers are concerned a long-time and recently mutated forest pathogen now poses an increased risk to eastern white pine health.

White pine blister rust, Cronartium ribicola, is considered a major forest health threat and affects all North American five-needle...