Interaction between Ailanthus altissima and Native Robinia pseudoacacia in Early Succession: Implications for Forest Management

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. 2018

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Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) Presence and Proliferation on Former Surface Coal Mines in Eastern USA.

By: Oliphant, A.J., Wynne, R.H., Zipper, C.E. et al. Biol Invasions (2017) 19: 179. doi:10.1007/s10530-016-1271-62017.

Autumn olive ( Elaeagnus umbellata)

Autumn olive
(Elaeagnus umbellata)

The invasive shrub autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) occurs on former surface coal mines in the Appalachian Mountains interfering with ecosystem recovery by outcompeting native trees.  Results showed that autumn olive could be mapped using Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager imagery.  READ THE FULL ABSTRACT.