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Friday, August 15, 2014
Invasive feral swine are chomping their way through the southeastern corner of Ohio. "They're highly adaptable and very destructive," said Marne Titchenell, wildlife specialist with Ohio State University. Feral swine can eat and trample crops, root up forests, outcompete native wildlife for food, and spread 30 diseases and...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Pennsylvania foresters are battling thousand cankers disease, which poses a threat to the state's $19 billion hardwoods industry.   "It absolutely has the potential to be disastrous," said Chris Miller, an arborist with the Davey Tree Expert company. "The long-term impact could be, eventually, no more black walnut....
Friday, August 1, 2014
More than 441,000 trees infested by mountain pine beetle have been cut down since South Dakota launched its Black Hills Forest Initiative three years ago.   "The governor's goal was to remove all beetle-infested trees in Custer State Park, and those efforts have paid off," State Forester Greg Josten told the...
Friday, July 25, 2014
If you're a landowner with pines in Washington state, there is now an additional species of pine bark beetle that may pose significant concern to your trees. The California Fivespined Ips is a new pest on the scene and is showing up in the wildland-urban interface [PDF] of southern Washington state. The beetle favors the...
Friday, July 25, 2014
Oh boy, is kudzu invasive. The weed has been spotted in every county in Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina and is creeping northward into Ohio, Illinois and even jumping Lake Erie to establish a beachhead in Ontario, Canada. The invasive plant costs property owners in the United States about $50 million per year in...
Friday, July 18, 2014
Five years after the emerald ash borer arrived in Kentucky from the north where it killed more than 25 million trees, the full force of this Asian invader is being felt across the Bluegrass.   From Lexington to Louisville and north to Cincinnati, ash trees are being wiped out from rural landscapes, parks, leafy...
Friday, July 11, 2014
Environmental non-profit Tree Pittsburgh found a creative solution to clearing undergrowth on tricky terrain—goats.   Tree Pittsburgh hired consultant Brian Knox from Eco-Goats and rented more than 30 goats from local farm Goodness Grows to clear dense plant growth from a hillside near West Penn Park in Polish Hill....
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has announced its 2014 plans for the state's Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation. The infestation was first discovered in 2012. Ohio State University Extension Educator Dr. Curtis Young said...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
This past winter was the coldest Detroit had experienced in 36 years, but it did little to stop the invasive emerald ash borer. “We didn’t find a single dead larva,” Deborah G. McCullough, professor of entomology and forestry at Michigan State, told the New York Times. McCullough led a study of ash trees in Lower Michigan...
Friday, June 27, 2014
Fading Forests III is a new report released by the University of Tennessee and The Nature Conservancy compiling the latest data and analysis on the introduction, spread, and costs of non-native invasive tree pests and diseases.   Among the key findings: In the last dozen years the emerald ash borer has spread from...

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