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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...
Friday, August 22, 2014
Virginia’s ash tree population coule be decimated in the next decade by the emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB was first found in Virginia in 2003 in Fairfax County. The beetle, native to Asia, spread swiftly from Michigan along the interstate, carried in packing materials and firewood. The bug also spreads on its own, along...
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....

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