The study looked at interactions between an exotic invader, tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), and coexisting black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) and management implications. The study occurred in the Mid-Appalachian region of the eastern United States where black locust is native. Results showed that in early successional sites, tree of heaven should be removed to promote long term community succession in areas where black locust is native. Published in Forests 9(4), 221. 2018Read More
A field study was established to evaluate the impact of invasive shrubs on native plants. Results after 7 years showed invasive shrub removal increased plant diversity and allowed passive natural regeneration of native plants that exceeded native cover in the unmanaged, ambient forest.Read More
Strelau et al tested herbicide tolerance in two Bohemian knotweed (Reynoutria × bohemica Chrtek & Chrtkov) populations using rhizome fragments. Results showed there was no difference between populations and knotweed was susceptible to the herbicide treatment. Published in 2018 in Canadian Journal of Plant Science 98(6):1380-1383.
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Spurge-laurel or “Daphne” (Daphne laureola L.) is an invasive, perennial, evergreen shrub introduced to North America as an ornamental. The plant escaped cultivation and is now found on both the east and west coasts of North America. All parts of the shrub are toxic to humans and animals, and dense infestations suppress native vegetation. Strelau et al. 2018. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 98(4):947-958.
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Coal mining has caused large-scale disturbance on over 1.5 million acres in Appalachia. Invasive, non-native autumn olive was historically planted on former coalfields and now impedes reclamation efforts. Read about studies conducted by Virginia Tech on managing autumn olive and restoring native hardwoods.Read More
The AC Container Recycling Council offers information on where and how to recycle pesticide containers across the U.S.
Recycling could be as simple as a phone call to your area ACRC Contractor. In most cases, there is no collection fee for growers and commercial applicators. In some cases where there are too few containers, an on-site fee may be charged.
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Wildspotter.com engages and empowers the public to help find, map, and prevent invasive species in America’s wilderness areas, wild rivers, and other natural areas. Download the FREE Wild Spotter Mobile App on your smartphone or other mobile device. Learn more by watching the Wild Spotter Introduction Video.
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Invasive species pose an enormous environmental challenge to western states and territories. Western Governors have experienced first-hand how these invaders affect the region’s forests and rangelands, water, and agriculture. Left unchecked, invasive species permanently alter ecosystems and negatively impact the native species and local economies that depend upon them.
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