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Pests and Disease

Leave Firewood at Home this Memorial Day Weekend

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.

Colorado Recognizes Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

National Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week runs from May 17 through May 23. 

In Colorado this week, trees in high-traffic public parks or along street rights-of-way are encircled with wide bands of green or yellow ribbon that warn of the invasive tree pest, according to the Colorado State Forest Service.

Pest outbreak spreading through Colorado's ponderosa pines

A stout brown wasp called the sawfly, eating needles off ponderosa pines across 7,430 acres southeast of Denver, is expected to spread. Afflicted ponderosas change from puffy green pines to defoliated spines. The outbreak of sawfly wasps is the latest of multiple insect epidemics degrading Colorado forests including mountain pine bark beetles and spruce beetles.

Woodlands in Rhode Island Under Attack by Moths

Winter moth caterpillars are working their way through Rhode Island’s woodlands, defoliating oak, maple, ash, basswood, elm, beech and fruit trees.

Communities reported, according to the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM), the emergence of millions of winter moths—Operophtera brumata—from late November through December.

New pine beetle described by scientists

A newly-discovered species of tree-killing bark beetle, Dendroctonus mesoamericanus Armendáriz-Toledano and Sullivan, has been described in a paper published online in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America by a group of researchers that includes a U.S. Forest Service scientist. 

Partnership Battling Cogongrass in Mississippi

With support from the Forest Health Protection program of the USDA Forest Service, the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) is achieving goals outlined in its Forest Action Plan.

Cogongrass is an invasive, non-native grass, which occurs in the southeastern United States. A pest in 73 countries and considered to be one of the "Top 10 Worst Weeds in the World", cogongrass affects forest productivity, native species survival, wildlife habitat, recreation, native plants, fire behavior, site management costs to name a few.

"Tree of Heaven" Invading Arkansas Counties

An invasive plant called the tree of heaven has spread throughout nearly 50% of Arkansas’ counties. 

One tree can produce hundreds of thousands of seeds per year. Tree of heaven provides almost no food or shelter value for wildlife, and it also has allelopathic properties, chemically preventing other species from growing around it.

Southern Pine Beetle Found in Connecticut

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced yesterday that the Southern Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis) was detected in Wallingford, CT on March 17, 2015 by staff members at CAES and DEEP. The identification has been confirmed by officials of the USDA Forest Service.

Ponderosa Pines Face Unknown Disease in Idaho

Officials with the Idaho Department of Lands are asking people not to cut down ponderosa pines with discolored needles until experts determine the cause of the problem - perhaps in late June when the trees start growing new needles.

"It's kind of puzzling," said Tom Eckberg, an IDL forest health specialist. "It has no rhyme or reason and doesn't fit the pattern of typical diseases."

The brownish-red color hasn't been found on ponderosas growing at higher elevations around the region and is limited to lower elevations so far.

Minnesota Prepares for Emerald Ash Borer

Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service are trying to find ways to save northern Minnesota from the emerald ash borer, a tiny pest with a voracious appetite.

Since it was discovered in Michigan nearly 20 years ago, the emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees across the Midwest and Canada.


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