Category Archives: Invasives

Kiss Your Ash Goodbye…No, Really!

Way back in 2009 I wrote a blog about Emerald Ash Borer at a time when it was becoming clear it would indeed break out of attempted containment areas in the Mid-west and spread across the east. Well, since then … Continue reading

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Invasive Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Detected in Boston

With emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) being detected in Boston it is virtually certain to be in Rhode Island by now. This has been some time coming, as the beetle has gradually expanded from its accidental introduction in the midwest … Continue reading

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Swallowwort War Stories

Swallowwort of either species is notoriously hard to eliminate: many have tried, few have succeeded. At a public meeting on the subject on Block Island, it was suggested that an exchange of “war stories” about black swallowwort would be valuable … Continue reading

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Chinese mitten crab found in western Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Connecticut Sea Grant announced in a press release the discovery of a sub-adult Chinese mitten crab in a fishway in the Mianus River in Greenwich, Conn. This unpleasant little feller is … Continue reading

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Exec’s Blog: Memories of Les Mehrhoff

With the unexpected death, on December 22, of Les Mehrhoff, the natural history family lost one of its greatest, most visionary members. Les–botanist, ecologist, teacher, founder and leader and leader of IPANE (Invasive Plant Atlas of New England), and all-round … Continue reading

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Invasive Species Mutual Aid Society

Have you ever blushed when telling someone you want to spend X dollars (where X is some large number) to control an invasive plant because of what it does to salamanders? I mean who ever even sees salamanders anyway. Well, … Continue reading

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Exec’s Blog: What Keeps YOU Up at Night?

Okay, so Laura Meyerson, a URI assistant professor with interests in invasive species, ecological restoration, and public policy asked me what I thought were the worst invasive species in Rhode Island. She was getting ready to talk to a reporter, … Continue reading

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Kiss Your Ash Goodbye (Emerald Ash Borer Update)

Attached at the bottom of this message is the text of an email that’s been circulating in invasive species circles, originally from the Maryland Extension Office. For those of you not sure what to make of the update, let me … Continue reading

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Exec’s Blog: A Funny Thing About Water Chestnut…

Okay, there’s not much funny about water chestnut, especially if you’re a swimmer and its seedpod is sticking out of your foot, you’re a fisherman and its just eaten another $5 lure, or you’re a lakeside landowner and your luxurious … Continue reading

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