Latest Invasive species News

Plan calls for fuel breaks to battle wildfires in 3 states

Oct. 14, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — One option in a plan to battle devastating wildfires in southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada creates 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) of fuel breaks up to 400 feet (120 meters) wide along existing roads. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday released a draft...

Banned mussels found on boat in Montana after initial checks

Oct. 13, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials say a boat infested with an invasive species of mussels passed two watercraft checkpoints before they were discovered. The Missoulian reported that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say the zebra mussels were found on a boat bound for Seattle. Officials say...

Volunteers sought to curb erosion along river at MSU

Oct. 10, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is looking for volunteers on the banks of the Red Cedar. Due to erosion and high water, the edge of a walking path is 5 feet or less from the riverbank, near Spartan Stadium. Tree roots and invasive species are taking over. The university is using rock,...

Museum awards honors for contributions to art, nature

Oct. 8, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A business owner and musician who has made valuable contributions to the arts community and a group of volunteers who have donated hundreds of hours to caring for the George Aiken Wildflower Trail were honored by the Bennington Museum on Friday. Greg Van Houten, owner of GVH Studio...

Hawaii scientists launch aerial attack against invasive ants

Oct. 5, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

NAHIKU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii scientists have used helicopters to launch an aerial attack against an invasive ant species in east Maui. The Maui Invasive Species Committee and Hilo-based Hawaii Ant Lab have sprayed low-toxicity gel bait from helicopters Tuesday to curb the stinging pests in the Nahiku...

Volunteers fight invasive species by planting trees in UP

Oct. 5, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Volunteers have planted hundreds of trees to regenerate a forest in an Upper Peninsula college town. WLUC-TV reports that the work was done at Tech Trails in Houghton, home of Michigan Tech University. A professor, Sigrid Resh, says emerald ash borers have thinned the forest,...

Wyoming governor launches state invasive plants initiative

Oct. 3, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s governor has launched an initiative intended to slow the spread of invasive plant species in the state. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Republican Gov. Mark Gordon announced Wednesday that the initiative will include two teams making recommendations for managing...

Crab shell sighting proves to be 'threat' on Maine's coast

Oct. 1, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

SCHOODIC POINT, Maine (AP) — An invasive aquatic species is continuing to be take hold along the Maine coast, potentially becoming "a ticking time bomb" for fishermen. Acadia National Park officials say a molted shell of an Asian shore crab was found along the shore near Schoodic Point on Sept. 19. Park...

Montana conducts record number of boat inspections in 2019

Sep. 30, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Inspections for aquatic invasive species in Montana continue through October, but the state has already set an annual record for the number of watercraft inspected. The Independent Record reports that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks inspected more than 110,000 boats and other...

Delaware expands quarantine to fight invasive bug

Sep. 22, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State agriculture officials are expanding a quarantine in northern Delaware in an effort to combat the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly. The quarantine now includes all of New Castle County north of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The Delaware Department of Agriculture is...