News On Vermont Invasives

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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). 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Burlington--Vermont's Forest Pest First Detector Program will provide free training this spring for volunteers interested in scouting for the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid in their communities. Early detection of these invasive pests will help minimize economic and ecological damage to forests and prevent populations from becoming established in the...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bad news for fans celebrating the opening day of Major League Baseball. It turns out that baseball bats made of white ash could soon disappear.

Professional baseball players depend on bats made out of either white ash, the standard for most of the game’s history, and maple, which was introduced in the late 1990s.

One fan of ash: soon-to-...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bun Lai is rolling rocks in the dark along a craggy coastline, clawing on all fours after the little crabs that burst like roaches from underneath, stuffing them into a bucket. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Montreal wants tiny, green tree killers to be front and centre during the provincial election campaign.

Hundreds of thousands of ash trees on the island are at risk, and it will take money not only from Quebec, but also from Montreal’s business community to try to save them from the invasive emerald ash borer, said Réal Ménard, the executive-committee member responsible for sustainable...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The tree-destroying emerald ash borer has spread faster than expected within Berkshire County and now poses a threat to Eastern Massachusetts, state environmental officials have said.

Nearly 18 months after the Department of Conservation and Recreation first detected the invasive insect in Dalton, the metallic green beetle has been discovered in several neighboring communities,...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A beetle the size of a single grain of rice is the latest best hope for hemlocks in the Southeast that have been felled by the millions by an invasive bug.

The beetle eats only one thing: the hemlock woolly adelgid, and it does so voraciously.

Researchers are hopeful this new beetle will be a worthy adversary, based on releases of the beetles at sites in Virginia and West...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

UNDERHILL, Vt. — Scientists at a research lab deep in the maple woods of northern Vermont have made a discovery that could revolutionize New England’s most tradition-steeped form of agriculture. But their work may also threaten a cherished way of life.