The U.S. Forest Service has approved a grant sought by Kentucky and Tennessee in their effort to protect hemlock trees threatened by an invasive pest, officials from both states said. The hemlock woolly adelgid, an Asian insect that was first found in Virginia in the 1950s, has sickened and killed hemlocks in at least 68 counties in eastern parts of both states.
On behalf of all of the State Foresters in the United States, I want to thank Agency Administrator Kevin Shea, you, and the APHIS leadership team for hosting the meeting with me and other members of the forest sector on March 25. It was a most productive discussion of our shared interests in protecting the health of the nation’s forests.
Leaf damage has been confirmed in clusters of white oak trees in north and central Arkansas areas due to Jumping Oak Gall, or small plant growths caused by tiny, stingless wasps. In most cases galls do not cause permanent damage or tree mortality. The largest infestations have been confirmed in Crawford, Franklin, Pope and Van Buren Counties, though may also be present throughout north and central Arkansas counties and the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.
From the crest of the Cascade Mountains running east to the sagebrush and desert country along the Columbia River, a map shows years of damage from the Western Spruce Budworm, which is killing trees by the thousands. Moths living in one tree will lay eggs on the tree next to it. And when the caterpillars come out, the damage begins.
The Pacific Northwest’s distinctive madrone trees appear to be dying in droves in Southern Oregon, victims of a fungus blight possibly made worse by the ongoing drought. “It certainly is dramatic,” said Jay Walters, stewardship forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry in Roseburg. “Those are some poor-looking madrone trees.”
With shovels, water and a lot of help from students, Congressman James McGovern and District 3 City Councilor George Russell took part in a ceremonial tree planting at Roosevelt Elementary School on Wednesday.
Overall, 14 trees leading to the front entryway were planted by the Worcester Tree Initiative. They included dogwoods, honey locusts and service berry trees.
Bush honeysuckle is a serious threat to Missouri landowners. Originally planted in urban areas, it is spreading to the Missouri countryside and strangling native plants and trees. “A lot of folks I initially talk to like it because it provides a ‘nice’ privacy screen … until a few years later and then they cannot even walk through their woodlands or yards anymore,” observed Hank Stelzer, of the University of Missouri’s Cooperative Extension Service.
With the start of the summer travel and camping season this Memorial Day Weekend, Connecticut residents are being asked to help prevent the introduction and spread of destructive wood pests, like the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), by buying and burning firewood near their vacation or camping destination.
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