Latest Invasive species News

Corps of Engineers takes responsibility for green lake water

Oct. 20, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.,C. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking the blame for green spots appearing in a North Carolina lake. A photo shared on social media shows the toxic-looking spots on the surface of the B. Everett Jordan Lake, The News & Observer of Raleigh...

US formally removes Colorado River fish's endangered status

Oct. 18, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The humpback chub, a rare fish found only in the Colorado River basin, has been brought back from the brink of extinction after decades of protection, though work must continue to ensure its survival, federal authorities said Monday in reclassifying the species from endangered...

Proposed firewood quarantine to keep pests out of state

Oct. 17, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has proposed a quarantine on exterior firewood to help prevent the introduction of unwanted pests and diseases into the state. Under the proposal, firewood shipped into Michigan would...

Tennessee offers to share costs on improvements by 2 rivers

Oct. 08, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee agriculture officials are offering to share the costs with landowners who are interested in improving the forests and watersheds on their properties near two rivers. The state Department of Agriculture says the Duck and Elk Watershed...

Native plant program teaches homeowners how to help wildlife

Oct. 03, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — The carefully planted and planned restored prairie at Old City Park in Greenwood buzzed and hummed with activity. Bees, flies and butterflies moved from flower to flower, sucking up nutrients. Stalks of goldenrod, prairie clover, swamp milkweed...

Endangered status proposed for Nevada flower at lithium mine

Oct. 01, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials proposed endangered species protections Friday for a desert wildflower known to exist only on a remote Nevada ridge where an Australian company plans a lithium mine. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposed rule...

Invasive and toxic 'devil weed' found on Hawaii's Big Island

Sep. 28, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An invasive plant species that is toxic to cattle and highly flammable has been found on Hawaii's Big Island. Chromolaena odorata, also known as “devil weed,” was found on the east side of the Big Island earlier this year, the Hawaii...

4th murder hornet nest destroyed in northwestern Washington

Sep. 23, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Another nest built by Asian giant hornets north of Seattle close to the Canada border has been destroyed, according to state officials. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said Thursday on social media that the latest nest eradication of...

Asian insect known to kill native plants found in Indiana

Sep. 18, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Earlier this summer, a photograph of a spotted lanternfly taken in southern Indiana set off a huge effort to eradicate the insect that’s on the federally regulated invasive species list. The Vevay man’s picture was the first sighting of a...

Weed sniffin’ dogs root out noxious plants along Snake River

Sep. 11, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Finn the Labrador retriever was tuckered out, and her master, Lauren Wendt, knew it. This dog’s dogs were barking, the result of two consecutive days of her pooch pads pounding on the weathered, rounded rocks omnipresent along the Snake River. ...