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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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.  Numerous and diverse studies by...
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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...
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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...
Monday, March 16, 2015
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...
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The emerald ash borer will create a slow-motion disaster for Nebraska, says Scott Josiah, general of an army of foresters bracing themselves for the fight. "We believe it's already in Nebraska," he said. "We just haven't found it yet." Josiah, the State Forester and director of the Nebraska Forest Service, is asking...
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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. In Minnesota,...
Friday, March 6, 2015
Native black cottonwood trees in North America including in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada are at serious risk of catching a killer, non­native fungus unless researchers can figure out how to stop it, B.C. forest scientists say. Black cottonwoods are found along B.C.'s coast and are an integral part of the ecosystem as...
Friday, March 6, 2015
Over the past decade, USDA Forest Service researchers have been working with university cooperators to find some way to slow down or stop the relentless spread of cogongrass. This last fall, Auburn University researchers reported results that demonstrate, for the first time, that patches of cogongrass can be eliminated...
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Reflecting upon the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) situation in Illinois, 2014 was definitely a disheartening year. Sixteen new counties were confirmed positive in this year alone, seven of which were outside the established quarantine. Compare this figure to a total of 34 from when it was first detected in 2006, up to the end of...

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