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Interested in forest health? Here are some webinars on demand

The Southern Regional Extension Forestry Program sponsors and produces webinars on various aspects of forest health. On November 17 and 1 PM Eastern, the program will sponsor a webinar on Heterobasidion root disease. Other webinars that are available at their website include:

  • Chinese tallowtree
  • Laurel wilt
  • Gypsy moth
  • Emerald ash borer
  • Cogongrass
  • Oak wilt

You can find these webinars at http://southernforesthealth.net/webinars . Webinars are archived on this page about a week after they air.

Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF) group

by David Coyle

Dr. David Coyle

Dr. David Coyle

Dr. David Coyle is working with Dr. William Hubbard and the Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF) group to develop a Forest Health and Invasive Species Education Program. This program was initiated under the auspices of SREF, the University of Georgia’s D.B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the USDA Forest Service. David is working to create materials for extension education for southern forest health, primarily focusing on non-native plants, insects, and pathogens, and pine stand management to mitigate potential insect and disease issues. Continue reading

Auburn study makes strides toward eradicating cogongrass

Auburn University College of Agriculture associate professor and Extension specialist Stephen Enloe, along with Nancy Loewenstein, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences research fellow, published a new study that reports significant progress in the fight against cogongrass. Cogongrass is ranked as the seventh worst invasive plant species worldwide and is both a significant economic and ecological threat to much of Alabama. These results of this study offer land managers several viable options in controlling the troublesome weed.

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EDDMapS Reporting System Makes a Good Weapon in the Fight Against Invasive Pests

Utah state agriculture officials are using a smartphone app connected to a University of Georgia mapping system to stop the spread of invasive species.

The system, called Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS), is an online mapping system that documents the location of invasive species as they are reported. If the species is on a list of “species of concern,” experts in state and federal agencies verify the data before it is published on the system.

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USDA Awards Grants to Fight Weedy and Invasive Species

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded eight grants totaling $3.5 million in research for the management, control or elimination of weedy or invasive species.

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Using invasive plants for biofuels: Potential for ecological problems?

From the Farm Press blog:

The best of intentions sometimes go astray. Take kudzu, for example — the vine that ate the South was brought here in the 1930s with the aim of curbing the soil erosion that was washing away much of the landscape. The USDA actually paid farmers to plant the stuff.

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