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Friday, February 27, 2015
If we’re not careful, harmful insects and plants could leave scars on Minnesota’s environment. Here is some information from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. What is an invasive species? According to scientists, an invasive species is an organism (animal, insect, plant, pathogen, etc.) that is not native to a...
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
For some animals, there’s no such thing as a dog-eat-dog world. They rule. Animals from around the world that stow away in airplanes, ships and the luggage of some smuggler become almost bulletproof when they make their way into the American wilderness as invasive species. Why? They’re new here, and they don’t have...
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
A Michigan State University scientist has developed a smart phone application to help keep track of invasive species. The free app is part of the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network developed by bio-geographer Amos Ziegler. It enables people who think they’ve spotted an invasive critter or plant to photograph it...
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Hawaii's isolation has made the island state home to more invasive species than anywhere else in the U.S. Little fire ants, coconut rhinoceros beetles, albizia trees, rats, mongoose, strawberry guava, coqui frogs, miconia, fireweed and invasive algae all share one common trait.  As invasive species, they provide examples...
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
In the last few years, a team of Vancouver Lower Mainland residents has yanked 74,500 pounds of invasive plants out of area parks, planting in their place 7,100 native trees and shrubs. The cost to taxpayers for all that time and effort? Absolutely nothing. The hugely successful so-called Green Team germinated in 2011 and...
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Much as the Asian long-horned beetle attacked maple and elm trees on the East Coast, the coconut rhinoceros beetle could devastate Hawaii's palm trees and move on to bananas, papayas, sugar cane and other crops afterward. Adult beetles burrow into the crowns of palm trees to feed on their sap, damaging developing leaves...
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
National forest officials in Colorado and Wyoming said Monday that they plan to reopen more campgrounds and change tactics as a massive outbreak of mountain pine beetles wanes. Workers will now turn their attention more toward removing dead trees to prevent them from exacerbating wildfires, Medicine Bow-Routt National...
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Now is a good time for tree pruning, while temperatures remain cold, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tree health experts. “The best time to prune trees in Wisconsin is during winter when a tree is dormant,” said DNR Urban Forester Don Kissinger. This is because insects and diseases that attack open...
Monday, February 2, 2015
It’s not a matter of if the emerald ash borer will reach Nebraska. It’s a matter of when. That was the message delivered Thursday as members of the city’s parks department and tree board met with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator Kelly Feehan and Laurie Stepanek of the Nebraska Forest Service to discuss the...
Friday, January 9, 2015
The hemlock woolly adelgid poses a grave threat to the eastern hemlock tree and state forestry officials are mounting an effort to combat it. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is honing a conservation plan to save the eastern hemlock, the official state tree since 1931. It will rely...

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