News On Vermont Invasives

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has released a guidebook on preparing for the disturbances to our forests caused by climate change, including invasive plants.

News article:
"Vermont leads the nation in promoting climate-smart natural resource management strategies. This first ever state-developed guidebook presents land managers with a menu of strategies to adjust to climate...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Citizen Science. Walking rural roads. Mapping. Engaging chance to learn about invasive plants. Volunteering for the health of your forests for your town and state.

If any of this sounds exciting, you may be interested in a new project taking place in your region. The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation seeks motivated volunteers for an afternoon spent learning about...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

In communities across Vermont trees are marked with orange ribbons and tags exhorting everyone to “Protect This Tree, leave firewood at home”.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Last year we reported that spiny water flea, an invasive zooplankton, was confirmed in Lake Champlain. Analysis of all samples from August through October has now revealed the remarkable speed at which this nasty crustacean can colonize a waterbody.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

People all over town are asking, what is happening to our trees?

Oak, maple and fruit tree leaves are disappearing. Nowhere is this more noticeable than along the access road from the Jamestown Bridge.

According to Jim Rugh, chairman of the town tree committee, the culprit is a small green worm, the larvae of the winter moth.

“They are those dirty gray moths you see...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

By Joshua E. Brown

A tiny fly from the Pacific Northwest may provide new hope for towering hemlock forests dying along the East Coast.

Deep-green hemlock forests stretch from Georgia to southern Canada. Or at least they used to. Over the last few decades, the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect, has killed millions of these trees as it spreads north and south...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

PORTSMOUTH — It's invasive, insidious and, come to find out, delicious. Fallopia japonica, better known as Japanese knotweed, is a fast-growing, hard-to-kill perennial, that reaches the height of corn stalks, resembles bamboo and has been known to grow through asphalt and floorboards. It can be found in the Great Bay Natural Wildlife Refuge, lining Seacoast riverbanks and...

Saturday, June 6, 2015

DURHAM, New Hampshire — A destructive beetle that targets ash trees — known as the emerald ash borer — may have met its match.

Entomologists believe a wasp may be more effective monitoring the spread of the beetle than standard traps.

Morgan Dube, a graduate student in biological sciences and entomologist with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets...

Thursday, May 28, 2015

By Vermont Fish and Wildlife

Spring has finally arrived in Vermont, and gardeners and landscapers are eagerly breaking out their shovels in anticipation of the year’s spring plantings.

Beyond the beauty new gardens provide, landscapers can make a big difference for wildlife with the plants they choose, according to Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist Jon Kart.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Smelling good is just part of what some beetles must do to find a mate. They have to exude the proper perfume at the right time of day and right season of the year, a UA-led team found.

A longhorned beetle’s sexy scent might make a female perk up her antennae. But when the males of several species all smell the same, a female cannot choose by cologne alone.

For these...