News On Vermont Invasives

Below, you'll find news about the initiatives of our partnerships. You can also see upcoming events in our calendar or subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on our work.

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...

Saturday, May 23, 2015

As the Memorial Day holiday weekend kicks off the summer camping season, New Hampshire authorities are reminding people it's illegal to bring untreated firewood into the state without a written agreement from them. 

It's also illegal to transport hardwood firewood outside of Rockingham, Merrimack and Hillsborough counties to prevent the spread of emerald ash borer, a...

Monday, May 18, 2015

By Brian Nearing

Albany

The state's new system to confront the invasive emerald ash borer, which relies on quarantine zones drawn around forests known to be infested, is unique among the 25 states in the eastern U.S. where the ash-devouring pest is found.

As a consequence of no longer lining up with federal control rules, the U.S....

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The locavore movement in Vermont is strong, whether vegetables, meat, craft beer or goods and services. I am here to promote the same approach in the purchase and burning of firewood. Why is this important?

Transported firewood is a major vehicle of invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. These pests are a grave threat to our forests. Over half of...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Asian carp. Burmese python. Hemlock woolly adelgid. These are just some of the most destructive pests and the world's worst invasive species that raise the hackles of fisherman, farmers, and wildlife managers everywhere they invade.

But how do they establish themselves and take over non-native species so effectively and efficiently?

Knowing answers to these questions could...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Vermont public access greeters educate lake visitors about invasive species, provide courtesy watercraft inspections and STOP introductions.  Through 24 locally-run programs throughout Vermont in 2014, public access greeters greeted and educated 18,274 visitors about aquatic invasive species (AIS) and spread prevention techniques, sharing the Clean, Drain Dry! message....

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Join us at one of three workshops being offered in June through the Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIP).  VIP workshops cover such fundamentals as the difference between native, exotic, nuisance and invasive species; how invasive species are introduced and established; how to differentiate native aquatic plants and animals from their invasive lookalikes (plants will be emphasized); and how...

Monday, April 20, 2015

When Amazon launched its Amazon Home Services this week, the stars of the new initiative were …

Goats.

Seattle goats, specifically, ready to trim back your pesky shrubbery.

“We bring the goats and unload him,” said Tammy Dunakin, head goat wrangler and owner of Rent-A-Ruminant LLC. “The second they hit the ground, they’re eating. It’s...