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March 2015

New Invasive Insect Discovered in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Adult spotted lanternfly. (Photo: Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org

HARRISBURG, Pa.--It's called the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). This Asian native was first confirmed in the United States in September 2014 in Berks County, PA. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Game Commission jointly made the positive identification.

 

"Since Pennsylvania is the first known home to spotted lanternfly in North America, we're taking every possible precaution to stop its spread and eliminate this threat to agriculture," said State Agriculture Secretary George Greig in a press release on PR Newswire.

 

Read about the spotted lanternfly on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Web site. Read the Pest Alert on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Web site.

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Changing Landscapes Factsheets for Natural Resource Professionals

 

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.--The Changing Landscapes series of 21 factsheets is intended to help urban foresters, service foresters, fire specialists, and other natural resource professionals become more familiar with land-use planning-what it is, the policies that direct it, and the tools used to carry it out. The hope is that a better understanding of land-use planning by natural resource professionals will help to ensure that natural resources are considered, protected, and sustainably managed to the greatest extent possible, across the rural-to-urban continuum. Access the factsheets on landscapestewardship.org. 

Do Not Prune Oaks--Avoid Spreading Oak Wilt

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Red oaks are very susceptible to oak wilt. New infections occur in spring, and symptoms develop in summer. (Photo: Joseph O'Brien)

ST. PAUL, Minn.--The onset of the "high risk period" for overland transmission of oak wilt disease will arrive soon. Oak trees are at high risk when oak wilt fungal mats are present on trees killed the previous year by the disease and when nitidulids (sap-feeding beetles) are active. The onset of high risk occurs earlier as you go farther south and varies with weather conditions. The "rule of thumb" for the Upper Midwest is to avoid pruning or wounding oaks during the months of April, May, and June. Nitidulids, carrying spores of the fungus, can be attracted to fresh wounds on oak trees. When visiting these wounds, nitidulids can transfer spores to the oaks, initiating oak wilt disease infections.  To avoid infection, all wounds to oak in the spring should be treated immediately with wound dressing or paint. New symptoms of oak wilt disease usually are apparent in July and August. More information can be found in the publication How to Identify, Prevent, and Control Oak Wilt.

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White Pine Blister Rust a Renewed Threat  

DURHAM, N.H.--Forest pathologist Isabel Munck completed a study showing that white pine blister rust is again threatening white pines in New Hampshire, due to a breakdown of resistance on host Ribes cultiĀ­vars that were previously labeled as resistant to the disease. The paper, Impact of white pine blister rust on resistant cultivated Ribes and neighboring eastern white pine in New Hampshire, is available online in the journal "Plant Disease."  

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Planning and Managing for Emerald Ash Borer   

Emerald ash borer larva and galleries. (Photo: James W. Smith, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org)

Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service are trying to find ways to save northern Minnesota from the emerald ash borer (EAB) and its voracious appetite for ash trees. Minnesota possibly has more ash trees than any other State. Listen to a 4-min audio version of the story on MPRnews online. Also see the EAB success story from Minnesota in this newsletter.

 

To learn how Pennsylvania is managing ash trees, view a recorded EAB Webinar hosted by Michigan State University and given by Don Eggan with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.

 

For more information on EAB, visit www.emeraldashborer.info--a Web site developed in cooperation by several universities, States, and the U.S. Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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Soils Support Agriculture

International Year of Soils  

Hear Soil Scientist Roger Windhorn of the Natural Resources Conservation Service talk about why you should know your soil, in the 7-minute video, Know your dirt on You Tube. Explore the various types of soil in Dig It: the Secrets of Soil on the Smithsonian Institution's Web site.

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Future of Forests at Risk Symposium, April 25


SYRACUSE, N.Y.--The New York Forest Owners Association will present a symposium to assess the capacity of current knowledge, techniques, and policies, to ensure the regeneration of native forests.   Symposium topics are relevant beyond the State of New York. Get information and register at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Web site.

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 Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy, June 6 - 12

MidAtlantic Wildfire Training Academy  

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.--West Virginia University will host the ninth annual Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy, June 6-12, 2015, in Morgantown. The academy will offer a suite of courses in essential wildland firefighting skills, from basic to advanced. Upon successful course completion, students will receive certificates from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. Some courses require pre-course work. Register on the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact Web site. The academy is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact, the West Virginia University Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the USDA Forest Service.

PLT International Coordinator's Conference, June 8 - 11

 

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.--The Project Learning Tree 2015 Coordinator's Conference registration site is available, where you can find out about important dates, events, and hotel reservations. Early bird registration deadline is April 24, 2015. If you have any questions after visiting the registration site, contact Haley Herbst.

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Employees Honored With Agriculture Secretary's Award

 

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.-Bill Green and Sherri Wormstead were part of the Leadership Forum Logistics Team led by Director Tony Ferguson that received the USDA Secretary's Cultural Transformation Award in the Employee Development category. The team designed and implemented a state-of-the-art and cost-effective platform that enables Forest Service leadership from across the country to engage with their 30,000 colleagues on important issues ... and it works! 

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Outreach for Secretary, Cooperative Fire and Aviation Management 


NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.--The Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry has a vacant secretary position in its headquarters office. Read the outreach notice and access the response form. Replies are requested by April 3.

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