Invasive Species Control

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What do all these insects have in common? They were all brought to North America from Asia or Europe. These exotic insects have caused havoc in our forests because the trees they attack have developed little resistance to them. Our forests are filled with native insects that attack and sometimes kill trees, but because these insects evolved along with their hosts, they don’t cause complete mortality that non-native species can.
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Buckthorn is the bane of many woodland owners. It turns out that buckthorn is starting to appear on the radar of soybean farmers as well (see post titled “What do buckthorn and soybean have in common?” for details).



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Heard about 3D prints but not sure what all the hype is about?

The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry and Natural Resources team created invasive species 3D print models for early detection identification training. During the past decade of dedicated work on many different invasive species, both terrestrial and aquatic, educators adapted and improved program instruction and display materials, including 3D prints.
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Spotted lanternfly is Pennsylvania’s newest threat to plants and trees. It is important that citizens in Pennsylvania and surrounding states are aware and vigilant as we work together to control its spread.
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by Morgan Smith, American Forest Foundation, and Lisa Hayden, New England Forestry Foundation

 

Your woods offer a variety of benefits including recreation, wildlife, family legacy, scenery, income, and more. Regardless of what value your woods provide, you likely love your woods and want to keep them healthy into the future.  
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Flickr photo by F.D. Richards

With summer on the horizon and the gardening stores and farmers markets full of beautiful plants it can be hard to resist the urge to try something new in your landscape. Please proceed with caution!
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Photo: Flowering Oriental bittersweet, By Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org



As the weather warms and we head outside it’s a good time to look for new invasive species.
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Photo caption: Can you see the invasives in need of management? By A. Gupta, UMN Extension

Do you know about invasive species and want to manage them but don’t know where to start? If so you’re not alone. There are many natural resource professional, active volunteers and woodland owners that have gotten discouraged and become paralyzed by uncertainty. The University of Minnesota rebranded some great information originally from the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy about how to prioritize invasives management.
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Sat, Oct 22, 2016 - 9:00 am
until 3:00 pm
October 14th - registration deadline
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Tired of watching reruns on television? Check out this University of California Extension education series for woodland owners.
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I hope you’ve heard of garlic mustard before, but if not here’s the low down: Garlic mustard was first introduced as a garden herb but escaped and has been causing problems ever since. It is an herbaceous plant that takes two years to reach maturity. Garlic mustard is allelopathic, meaning it produces chemicals that reduce the growth of neighboring plants, so when garlic mustard gets introduced into a site it can quickly outcompete native understory vegetation.
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In the last 20 years, about one new species of beetle has landed on North American shores each year, imported from other parts of the world. The arrivals come mostly in wood pallets and other packing materials.
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Sat, Apr 13, 2019 - 9:00 am
until 1:00 pm
Please join us for a Michigan WOW Women in the Woods Women's Chainsaw Safety Demonstration!

Saturday, April 13, 9:00a-1:00p

Invasive species ID 9:00a

Safety Demo 9:30a

Woods Walk 10:30a

Invasive Removal Work Day 10:30a

REGISTRATION & MORE INFO:

https://www.inghamconservation.com/events

FREE! Coffee & snacks included. Please RSVP!
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Sat, Jun 15, 2019 - 8:00 am
until 3:45 pm
This women-only workshop will be held at private property with 142 acres of land in Hardwick NJ and begins at 8 am. Topics will address forest health, best management practices, financial benefits of protecting the forest, including forestry stewardship plans and stewardship assistance programs.
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During the last few years, University of Minnesota Extension has led the City Nature Challenge using an awesome app, iNaturalist, to record urban nature in Minneapolis and St. Paul. During this weekend-long event, observant volunteers have found squill at concerning density in forested areas.
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University of Minnesota Extension has developed By Land and By Sea: Identification Guide to Non-Native Species for Minnesota to offer an all-inclusive field guide for invasive and potentially problematic species. This new resource includes 86 species in seven major categories: Aquatic Animals, Birds, Insects, Worms, Aquatic/Wetland Plants, Herbaceous Plants, and Woody Plants. It clearly defines important terms including non-native, invasive, and weed, and provides important information about state law, as well as the best methods for reporting invasive species.
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Sat, May 4, 2019 - 9:00 am
until 3:00 pm
Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Women and Their Woods graduates and guests, and Northern Tier Hardwoods Association in Lake Ariel, PA as we learn Chainsaw Safety with a Game of Logging instructor and invasive species management techniques with a landowner. Bring a camp/folding chair, a lunch, dress for the weather, and bring a gas-powered chainsaw if you have one.