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Science and Renewal Converge in Stillmeadow Community PeacePark & Forest

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These urban woodlands were ecologically degraded, with dead ash trees that had succumbed to emerald ash borer and invasive vines that choked the native trees. After cleaning up the site and removing invasive species, Northern Research Station scientists worked with area residents and church members to plant native trees like oaks, sweet gum, and magnolias. USDA…
urban forestry, emerald ash borer, collaboration, community

After a blight, the trees that survived need your help

Bud grafting lingering ash tree.
Collecting buds and branches from a lingering ash tree to study. Forest Service/ M. Mason Humans adore trees. But humans also migrate and trade, habits that led to the accidental introduction of insects and diseases that harm trees and alter the landscape. Examples are easy to find and may be outside your front door: American elms that once dotted streets across…
northern research station, state and private, emerald ash borer, reforestation, Nurseries, genetics research program, RNGR, treesnap, hardwood tree improvement regeneration center

Virginia Tech demonstrates new method to treat Ash firewood

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The shiny green one-half-inch-long, one-eighth-inch-wide emerald ash borer has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S. since the beetle’s discovery in 2002 in Detroit. The real Ash trees comprise around seven percent of the trees in eastern U.S. forests. In urban areas, ash trees make up about 50 percent of street trees. Ash trees are important both economically…
aphis, ash trees, emerald ash borer, firewood, forest health protection, invasive species, northeastern area, stop the beetle, treatment, virginia tech, west virginia, wood education and resource center

New international wood packaging standard stops bugs dead in their tracks

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This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from the USDA’s rich science and research portfolio. Wood makes great packaging material—it’s inexpensive, abundant and versatile—but there’s one drawback: destructive forest pests stowaway in the pallets, crates and dunnage (wood used to brace cargo) used in…
asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, insects, international trade, invasive species, national center for ecological analysis and synthesis, nceas, northern research station, phytosanitary, santa barbara, wood

International researchers mobilize against risky stowaway pests

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Sometimes there is more to global trade than meets the eye. While consumers and economies may benefit from expanding market opportunities and a seemingly endless array of readily available goods, harmful pests could be lurking as people and products are transported between countries.   An international research network, including scientists from the U.S. Forest Service, has come together to…
pests, risks, eastern forest environmental threat assessment center, emerald ash borer

Wasp watchers effective in ash borer search, study finds

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Volunteer wasp watchers represent an effective force multiplier in the early detection of the ash-killing, invasive insect known as the emerald ash borer, according to “Qualitative Analysis of Wasp Watchers,” a study posted on the Social Science Research Network. Wasp watchers use a proven and highly sensitive early detection method called bio-surveillance based on original Canadian research. In…
qualitative analysis of wasp watchers, bio surveillance, emerald ash borer