Posts tagged invasive species

The beautiful Bradford pear: In the eye of the beholder

After months of cold, ice and snowpocalypses, the first signs of spring are a welcome sight to North Carolina. Along with tulips popping their pretty heads up, the white, fluffy flowers of the Bradford pear tree are among the first bloomers, alerting North Carolinians that warmer weather lies just ahead. Yes, North Carolina, spring has […]

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Excellence in Action Award presented for cogongrass early detection and rapid response

Two employees of the North Carolina Forest Service were honored at the N.C. Invasive Plant Council’s Annual Meeting with the Excellence in Action Award for their keen eyes and quick reactions to control what many experts consider to be one of the world’s worst weed species. While assisting a landowner in Stanly County, Forester Tom […]

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Winter laurel wilt survey results: Minimum range expansion documented

As some trees fight for the arrival of spring by beginning to produce buds, the laurel wilt winter survey season comes to a close. Laurel wilt, a devastating disease of redbay and other plants in the laurel family, has already been found in six N.C. counties. The disease is best surveyed for in the winter […]

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Sting like a wasp: Small wasps released to attack invasive emerald ash borer

Earlier this year, the emerald ash borer was found in North Carolina for the first time. Dead and dying ash trees are already found in four N.C. counties and the beetle is likely to continue spreading. This wood-boring insect, which is native to Asia, was found in Michigan in 2002 and has rapidly spread throughout the […]

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Weeding out cogongrass in North Carolina

When invasive plants are introduced into an environment, they can cause major problems for native plants and wildlife. Some are worse than others, such as kudzu. But another non-native plant threatens the state and is thought to be much worse than kudzu and its car-engulfing capabilities. Cogongrass – considered by many experts to be one […]

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Emerald ash borer found for the first time in North Carolina

On May 28, the N.C. Forest Service was un-warmly welcomed back from the long holiday weekend.  During a standard check of emerald ash borer traps in Granville County, Forest Health staff and county personnel found the first evidence of emerald ash borer in North Carolina. N.C. Forest Service and NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division checked neighboring […]

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News Roundup: March 2-8

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “Audio: Raleigh’s Largest Flavors of Carolina Show,” Southern Farm Network: Earlier this week, the Marketing Division of the North […]

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Diseases team up on the butternut tree

Last month, the department announced the arrival of thousand cankers disease, a disease new to the state that threatens our native walnut and butternut trees. Early predictions indicate thousand cankers disease will likely be devastating to our walnuts. For the butternut tree, also known as white walnut, this is the second major blow in the […]

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Don’t give bugs a free ride: Use local firewood

With the cold winter months comes the comforting crackle and warmth of a fire in the fireplace.  We’re also just around the corner from camping season, with campfires and s’mores to complete the experience. It’s tempting to try to save some money by hauling your own wood. But before you transport firewood, it’s important to […]

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Deadly disease affecting walnut trees found for first time in NC

On January 3, the department announced a quarantine that limits the movement of walnut trees and wood products in Haywood County due to the the presence of thousand cankers disease within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Thousand cankers disease is a fungal disease spread by the walnut twig beetle, which bores into the tree, […]

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