Latest Invasive species News

Pest-killing wasps to come to the aid of Maine forests

Jul. 17, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Forest Service is going to deploy wasps to help beat back an invasive pest species that can do damage to trees in the state. The service says the tiny, non-stinging wasps will be released on Thursday to help control the emerald ash borer infestation in the state. It says...

Huge net used to pull Asian carp from Lake Decatur dam

Jul. 16, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Fishermen with a net are removing thousands of Asian carp from Lake Decatur dam in central Illinois. The Herald and Review reports that the effort began Monday, days after the state was told that many fish were gathering there. The invasive species will be trucked to a company in...

Illinois mulling options to Asian carp issue in Lake Decatur

Jul. 12, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering options to deal with thousands of invasive Asian carp that are clustering near the base of the Lake Decatur dam. Jacques Nuzzo, program director for the Illinois Raptor Center, said he contacted the state department after...

Kentucky wildlife officials trying new Asian carp control

Jul. 12, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — A fishing method originally developed in China will be used to remove invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. The "unified method" of fishing drives carp through a series of large nets into a containment area, where they can be harvested, said Kevin Irons, aquatic...

Michigan agencies offer $3.6M to fight invasive species

Jul. 10, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan agencies say grants totaling $3.6 million are available to support projects intended to prevent the spread of invasive species. The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program is overseen by the departments of Natural Resources; Environment, Great Lakes and Energy; and...

More Great Lakes ports tracking greenhouse gas emission

Jul. 7, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A recent report finds around one-third of participating ports in the United States and Canada, including those in Duluth and Milwaukee, are keeping a detailed inventory of greenhouse gas emissions. The tracking is part of the Green Marine environmental certification program, Wisconsin...

ND officials looking for help collecting flea beetle

Jul. 5, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials are looking for help collecting an insect that attacks an invasive plant. The state Departments of Agriculture and Trust Lands as well as several county weed boards are trying to round up flea beetles and disperse them to feed on leafy spurge, one of North Dakota's...

Northern Colorado trying to rid region of invasive frogs

Jul. 4, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Several northern Colorado communities are banding together to rid the region of American bullfrogs, an invasive species hurting the native population of northern leopard frogs. The Longmont Times-Call reports Jefferson and Boulder counties, along with Longmont, Boulder and Fort...

Reptile invasion: Florida agency encourages killing iguanas

Jul. 3, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Non-native iguanas are multiplying so rapidly in South Florida that a state wildlife agency is now encouraging people to kill them. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release says people should exterminate the large green lizards on their properties as...

Maine to use herbicide to eradicate invasive plant from lake

Jul. 3, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

WINTHROP, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental regulators are planning to use a herbicide on a portion of a large lake in the central part of the state that is popular with fishermen and boaters. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says it's holding a public meeting on July 10 about the treatment...