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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
With support from the Forest Health Protection program of the USDA Forest Service, the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry is achieving goals outlined in Minnesota’s Forest Action Plan. Minnesota’s invasive outreach campaign PlayCleanGo (PCG) is informing people and organizations about the best way to...
Monday, June 29, 2015
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...
Friday, June 19, 2015
According to conservationists in Kansas and Missouri, Asian Bush Honeysuckle is the most visible and environmentally destabilizing invasive species in the metro area. Larry Rizzo, a natural history biologist at the Missouri Department of Conservation, says that there is a difference between invasive and exotic species, and...
Friday, June 19, 2015
Ohio’s bat population has been decimated in recent years by a fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome. It appeared in Ohio in 2011 and has now been confirmed in 19 counties. Jennifer Norris, the state’s bat biologist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, believes that it’s probably much more widespread. “I’m guessing it’s...
Monday, June 8, 2015
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...
Friday, June 5, 2015
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...
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
With support from the USDA Forest Service, Vermont’s Urban and Community Forestry and Forest Health programs are achieving goals outlined in the state’s Forest Action Plan. Hemlock woolly adelgid and elongate hemlock scale are forest pests causing major damage throughout the native range of eastern hemlock, and are moving...
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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...
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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. The ALB is...
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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. City parks and...

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