News On Vermont Invasives

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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...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The White Ash tree (Fraxinus americana) is a highly valued hardwood in Vermont and elsewhere in the eastern United States. It is somewhat intolerant of shady conditions so is typically an early entrant into the successional stages of developing woodlands. Under forest conditions it grows tall and straight and is self-pruning, all highly desirable merchantable traits. Of the several other less...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The foliage on the University of Vermont’s green looks a lot different today than it did 60 years ago or so — the grand old American elms and their canopy are long gone — but a few living monuments are still there:

Three towering white pines, which date from the 1830s, are almost as old as UVM itself. This was among the arboreal factoids that emerged during a brisk, guided tree tour led...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Williston Ash Walk Sunday, tagging Monday

A group of town, state and national organizations is hoping to mobilize locals to be on the looking for an invasive pest that could signal the deaths of thousands of Williston trees.

April 27 – May 3 marks Vermont’s Ash Tree Awareness Week, organized by a joint effort between University of Vermont Extension, the Vermont...

Friday, April 25, 2014

BENNINGTON -- For those not sure what an ash tree looks like, or how many of them are out there, there will be an opportunity to learn on Sunday, the beginning of Ash Tree Awareness Week.

Bennington County Forester Kyle Mason will be leading a walk from 10 a.m. to noon at Emerald Lake State Park in East Dorset, showing people how to identify ash trees and give them a sense of the role...