Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – June 2016

Posted: June 17, 2016

Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.

June Topics

Use of Parasitic Wasps to Fight Ash Borer Grows to 24 States

Millions of tiny wasps that are natural parasites for the emerald ash borer have been released into wooded areas in 24 states as the battle against the tree-killing borer is now biological.

The State of North America’s Birds 2016

This report is based on the first-ever conservation vulnerability assessment for all 1,154 native bird species that occur in Canada, the continental United States, and Mexico. The assessment was compiled by a team of experts from all three countries. Of these 1,154 species, 432 qualified for the Watch List, indicating species of highest conservation concern based on high vulnerability scores across multiple factors. Check out the temperate forest type to see what’s happening in our neck of the woods.

Honeysuckle Is a Blob-Like Monster Taking Over American Forests

Honeysuckle is so invasive that some states have banned its sale.

Nature Notes: Even Trees Take 40 Winks

The branches of trees have been found to relax and recuperate at night, according to scientists at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute.

PA Second Only to NY in Number of Invasive Forest Pest Species

Pennsylvania has 58 separate species of non-native forest pests threatening trees and plant life, according to a new study out Tuesday in the journal Ecological Applications.

An Index of Common Tree Diseases

There are over 30 common tree diseases that contribute to health decline and death of most of the trees in the United States. This list of tree diseases causes most tree health problems and death and are very specific to either a conifer or a hardwood host.

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