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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...
Friday, June 20, 2014
All around Madison, Wisconsin, residents are watching as yellow dots appear on their estimated 21,700 public ash trees, a sign that the invasive emerald ash borer has arrived. The borer makes trees brittle and dangerous. So even though most of the 8,500 trees slated to get the ax aren't infested yet, over the next few...
Friday, June 20, 2014
Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is a perennial grass that’s causing huge problems in the Gulf Coast and other regions of the South where temperatures don’t get cold enough to limit its growth. This weed invades forests, rights-of-way, and agricultural fields, literally taking over the landscape and altering ecosystems....
Friday, June 13, 2014
Fun new word of the day: dunnage. Dunnage is a wood-based material used to keep a cargo in position in a ship's hold. Dunnage, along with its cousins pallets and crates, are often responsible for the inadvertent introduction of highly destructive non-native insects who love to travel in these wood materials. Fortunately,...

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