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Friday, November 21, 2014
Gypsy moth caterpillars consume the leaves of deciduous tree species, most preferably oak and maples. During heavy infestations, I have seen them devour the leaves of practically every type of tree. This is one of the reasons why several Pocono communities, with large tracts of forested land, are concerned about another...
Friday, November 21, 2014
It was nearly 400 years ago that the Pilgrims sat down with the Wampanoag to share the feast that is immortalized as Thanksgiving. We don’t know the exact menu. According to Kathleen Wall, foodways culinarian at Plimoth Plantation, venison, fowl and corn were documented by attendees, but, beyond that, we can only speculate...
Friday, November 21, 2014
Can combining chemical and biological treatments save eastern hemlocks from the hemlock woolly adelgid? Recently published research by U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators offers hope that integrated management can provide sustained protection for an iconic tree. In an article published in the journal Forest...
Friday, November 14, 2014
Several states are trying to protect their borders from a little beetle that could cost the black walnut industry millions of dollars. Thousand cankers disease has been confirmed in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Vermont, Nevada, California, Idaho, Washington, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Several...
Friday, October 31, 2014
Researchers with the USDA Forest Service are looking for ash trees that survived the attack of the emerald ash borer. The invasive insect has been spreading across the Midwest and beyond since 2002, killing millions of ash trees in its wake.  The Northern Research Station has launched a new online reporting tool. They want...
Friday, October 31, 2014
New York agencies have confirmed the presence of southern pine beetle (SPB) in three locations along the southern shore of Long Island. Personnel from multiple agencies worked together to verify the presence of this destructive beetle after the discovery of dead and dying pine trees in portions of the Wertheim National...
Monday, October 20, 2014
Oak trees can be found all over the world, but they save their full display for the United States. More than 50 species of oak grow from coast to coast, and in a few unique places like Michigan, still form the basis for a rare and valuable ecosystem known as oak savannas. For wildlife as well as people, oaks are valuable...
Friday, October 10, 2014
The emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, a researcher at Wright State University suspects. Biology professor Don Cipollini, Ph.D., director of the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program, has found that the invasive green beetle has...
Friday, September 19, 2014
The mountain pine beetle epidemic has been plaguing Colorado's pine forests for nearly two decades. While the beetle is natural part of the eco-system, it began to spiral out of control in 1996. Scientists said that's when warmer temperatures and increasing drought conditions began to stress the trees, making them more...
Friday, August 29, 2014
Swimming pool owners can help scientists track the spread of invasive Asian long-horned beetles by checking their filters. The Department of Environmental Conservation invited pool owners to participate in its third annual Asian long-horned beetle survey, which is wrapping up today. The beetles have killed hundreds of...

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