Archive | Invasive Plants

Tree of Heaven: An Exotic Invasive Plant Fact Sheet

by Bruce Wenning Common Name: Tree-of-heaven Plant Taxonomy: Family Simaroubaceae  Genus Ailanthus  Species: altissima (P.Miller) Swingle (Synonym: A. glandulosa) (Magee and Ahles, 2007). Regulations: The importation, distribution, trade, and sale of tree-of-heaven have been banned in Massachusetts effective January 1, 2009 (Massachusetts Prohibited Plant List website, 2012). General Description Brief history. Tree-of-heaven is a fast growing, […]

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Tree-of-Heaven Is No Angel

This article first appeared in EcoRI News, May 4, 2014. by ecoRI News staff A team of researchers led by a University of Rhode Island professor has completed a five-year study of the Appalachian Trail and developed a satellite-based system for monitoring and forecasting ecological conditions along the trail. One of its initial conclusions is […]

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Biological Control of Invasive Pests – An Overview

by Maria Bartlett Richard Casagrande, Professor of Entomology at the University of Rhode Island lectured on August 2, 2012 at Massachusetts Horticulture Society on “Biological Control of Invasives.” He covered the efforts underway by scientists in the Northeast to use biological methods to control invasive plants and insects so that chemical pesticides and herbicides do […]

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Outsmart Invasives

by Julia Sullivan Anyone with a smartphone can help control invasive species in Massachusetts at the touch of a finger. Learn how by joining the Outsmart Invasive Species Project, a collaborative project among individuals from UMass, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Nature Conservancy. The Project focuses on using […]

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Successfully Managing Phragmites

by Tim Simmons Non-native Phragmites has been described as perhaps the most widely distributed and abundant grass on earth. For more than 25 years I have observed Phragmites’ effects on important habitats and attempted to control it without causing any harm to the habitats I work in, all of which support species and communities of […]

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Ripple Effect: Controlling Invasive Species in a Changing Climate

by Jed Winer Reprinted with permission from Research Next University of Massachusetts Amherst. As climate change causes species to move northward, ecologist Bethany Bradley is keeping a close eye on invasive plants in the United States. Bradley, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst, says the key to mitigating impacts […]

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Japanese Barberry: An Exotic Invasive Plant Fact Sheet

by Bruce Wenning Common Name: Japanese barberry Plant Taxonomy: Family Berberidaceae. Genus Berberis. Species: Berberis thunbergii DC. (for C.P. Thunberg). (Magee and Ahles, 2007). Regulations: The importation, distribution, trade, and sale of Japanese barberry have been banned in Massachusetts effective January 1, 2009 (Massachusetts Prohibited Plant List website, 2012). General Description: Japanese barberry is an […]

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Lessons of GROVE

by Louise Barteau Chodoff GROVE is located in Carpenter Woods, a birding park in Philadelphia. It is a small scale restoration project that evolved from an art project that began with paper trees and ended with real trees. There may be no better way to learn about plants – native and non-native – than to […]

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Creative Uses for Invasive Plants

The positive results of removing invasive plants are often evident in the return of native species to the area. But what happens to the plant material that has been removed? Does it have to be destined for the incinerator or landfill? Apparently not: artists and others are finding responsible ways to utilize the invasive plant […]

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