Invasives

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The emerald ash borer has been detected in Grand Isle County. It’s the latest confirmation of the presence of the damaging insect in Vermont.

The emerald ash borer, an invasive insect, kills over 99 percent of ash trees. It's been found in Montpelier, and officials are planning a response.
U.S. Department of Agriculture

A long-expected, but still dreaded, moment has arrived. The emerald ash borer, a tree-killing insect that has decimated forests in other parts of the country, has finally been officially confirmed in Vermont. We’re talking to experts about what comes next and what can be done to mitigate the damage from these invasive pests.

Courtesy UVM Extension

Invasive plant and animal species exist all around us, but some are more damaging than others. A revamped tool from UVM Extension leverages citizen science to better track where invasive species are now, and which ones are approaching our region.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources / AP File

Over the past few years, state officials and forest biologists have been very worried about invasive pests that have been encroaching on our landscape. A new paper published in the journal Ecological Applications suggests that the United States needs to be doing more to fight the spread of invasive forest pests before our landscape is changed irrevocably.

Beana Bern / Sterling College

On Tuesday, members of the Sterling College community spread out around their Craftsbury campus for an all college work day focused on removing invasive plants. Even if you don't have an army of college students to battle your Japanese knotweed, you can still join the fight against invasive plants in Vermont.

Like many Vermont waterbodies, Dewey's Mills Pond has a milfoil problem.

Robert L. Johnson / Cornell University, Bugwood.org

The invasive water plant Eurasian watermilfoil has made its way into waterways around Vermont, and is nearly impossible to eradicate. At Dewey's Mills Pond, in Quechee, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state of Vermont and the town of Hartford have been working together since 2003 to keep the invasive species at bay. This Saturday, the Hartford Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a volunteer day, to help in the effort.