Pests in the News

03/30/2009 4:35 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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The connection between firewood and maple syrup is quite close.

Unfortunately, the connection between maple syrup and firewood is getting closer every day. Not only does it take an incredible amount of fuel to boil off the water in the raw tree sap and make it into maple syrup, but that very fuel (firewood, in traditional cases) could be the downfall of many a maple sugar farm (technically called a sugarbush).

03/16/2009 11:47 AM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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It is rare to see an article coming from a state with no well-known tree pests, about pests.

Connecticut has historically had many types of invasive tree pests- Gypsy moth, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Dutch Elm Disease, and more. But right now, they don't have any of the new big name pests.

So I was pleased to see a recent article byt the Connecticut Outdoor Recreation Examiner talking about how Emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle are not yet in Connecticut, but that citizens should be aware, and should not be moving firewood.

03/09/2009 12:49 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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A recent article from Pennsylvania sums up the issue of Emerald Ash Borer movement very well

In the article, "Beetle targeting ash trees" that was in the Times Leader of Northeastern PA, Tom Venesky says it all...

02/26/2009 5:37 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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I'll say it again; even if you think your forest doesn't have a problem, it might still have one.

02/23/2009 12:57 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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This weekend National Public Radio (NPR) aired a great story about ALB, and the threat of firewood.

This weekend, NPR's story on the Worcester Asian longhorned beetle infestation was spot-on. I'm glad they covered a lot of aspects of the threat that these beetles pose to our nation's forests, and I was really happy to hear this part of the story:

"Not moving firewood is very important and it's a message we're going to continue to hammer," says Mike Bohne, who works for the US Forest Service, in Durham, New Hampshire.

02/20/2009 3:41 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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My jaw dropped when I saw this photo. My heart goes out to the residents of Worcester.

I know that they are removing a lot of trees in Worcester, and it is the right thing to do to stop the Asian longhorned beetle from spreading. If anything will drive home the devastating impact of invasive forest insects on the quality of life for everyday citizens, I think it might be these before and after photos of a street in Worcester.

02/18/2009 1:23 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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What is going on in Worcester is not unique, but it is a tragedy.

02/05/2009 1:19 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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I spent the last few days in Colorado at the Western meeting of the National Ski Areas Association- and trust me, if you want to understand the full impacts of insects that kill trees, you should go to Colorado.

12/05/2008 11:54 AM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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You might not think that guacamole is threatened by the movement of firewood, but it is!

The Ambrosia beetle has such a nice name, but it is part of a very serious threat to the avocado industry. You see, the Ambrosia beetle spreads Redbay wilt, which is a fungus that can infect and kill avocado, sassafras, and redbay trees.

12/03/2008 12:09 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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Sometimes I feel like we shouldn't move anything at all.

The movement of lots of stuff over long distances, in short time spans, is new to our planet. Firewood, hiking boots, imported fruit, bait buckets, ballast water... and now add to the list- potted plants.

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