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Emerald ash borer is in Charlotte, NC

in the Charlotte Observer

by Bruce Henderson

An invasive insect that has killed millions of ash trees across the U.S. has arrived in Charlotte, a city official said Tuesday.

The emerald ash borer was first detected in North Carolina in 2013 after invading most other eastern states. It was a matter of time before the metallic green beetle appeared in Charlotte, experts told the Observer earlier this spring. Continue reading

Webinar: Mobilizing Volunteers for Invasive Plant Removal

November 12 @ 12:00 pm EDT1:00 pm EDT

Free – $10

Many invasive plants (like rash-producing invasive vines and thorny shrubs) are preventing community members from enjoying local forests and are degrading local natural ecosystems. Controlling invasive plants is a big challenge but “Many Hands Make Light Work” and through the use of volunteers, many communities are making headway with invasives.

Volunteer-led program give residents an opportunity to connect with people while taking care of the natural resources around them. Volunteer programs also enable community members to help protect forest plants and wildlife while spending time outdoors, meeting new people and restoring natural habitats.

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Georgia sets quarantine for 11 counties to contain Emerald Ash Borer

To prevent further spread of Emerald Ash Borer, the state of Georgia issued a quarantine in August, restricting the transportation of certain products outside of the quarantined area.

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Steer clear of exotic invasives at garden centers

I know some of you may be wondering why I would imply that a garden center would sell a plant that may be on some of the “most wanted invasives” lists because they hurt native vegetation and tend to run rampant. However, if you’ve ever seen mimosa trees, you know they have pretty, feathery pink flowers, and many homeowners love them. Privet is often sold to create a hedge (and boy, does it ever), and many invasive flowers are fast-spreading and showy, two qualities that customers are looking for in a front-yard planting.

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Biocontrol Deconstructed, Part 2

The hemlock woolly adelgid has destroyed millions of acres of Eastern hemlocks in the Eastern United States. Other invasives such as the gypsy moth, bean plataspid, and Asian longhorned beetle wreak economic and ecological havoc every year, with few available chemicals to control them. Biological control is often a viable option for pest management when other available controls are not feasible or do not work.

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A Tale of Unintended Consequences

In a small niche of the forests of China, Korea and Japan, the Asian longhorned beetle evolved unnoticed. A hardwood tree pest with a black and white specked abdomen and long antennae, it survived in a pocket of hardwood trees amidst a largely evergreen Asian forest. Because the longhorned beetle feeds on the heartwood of hardwood trees only, the beetles’ populations remained low.

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