The staff and board of the North American Invasive Species Management Association review invasive species headlines each month. This helps us stay on top of trends and further our mission to support, promote, and empower invasive species prevention and management in North America. We then share invasive species news most relevant for people who manage terrestrial and aquatic invasive species across the the United States, Canada, Mexico and the world.
Success Stories: Prevention, Eradication and Restoration
Minnesota – Read on the Post Bulletin
They’re in the buckthorn business — and business is booming.
Rhode Island — Read on EcoRI News
Warns that deer and invasive earthworms are a threat to survival of native plants
Prevention, Outreach and Education
Washington — Read on the New York Times
Officials vacuumed the country’s first nest of so-called murder hornets last month in Washington State. The invasive insects could multiply and kill native bee populations, endangering crops and ecosystems.
Wyoming — Read on the Casper Star-Tribune
The problem is so knotty and consequential that Gov. Mark Gordon formed a task force requesting a formal plan on how to tackle invasive plant species. The final 40-page report released recently covers everything from policy gaps to research needs. It’s part of a broader effort on the part of the University of Wyoming, county weed and pest agencies, nonprofits, landowners, and the state to combat the scourge.
Iowa — Read on Ecological Applications
The strongest predictor of plant species richness and diversity was the degree of invasion, as measured by the abundance of exotic species.
Global — Read on Ecological Applications
his species expands clonally and also disperses via seeds, and model simulations showed that removal strategies focusing on smaller patches that are more isolated in the landscape would be most effective and could increase the effectiveness of a ten‐year control strategy by 30‐90%, as compared to random removal of patches.
Detection, Management and Control
Georgia — Read/Watch on CBS 46
Hammerheads grow a full foot long, and its mouth is located on its belly.
Alabama — Read on AL.com
Jimmy Stiles, a PhD candidate at the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, has been designing and evaluating a new program to use weed torches to control Chinese privet, a particularly troublesome invasive species that is estimated to cover 1 million acres in Alabama.
Montana/West — Read on Montana State University Extension
How to diagnose and prevent herbicide injury. For farmers, gardeners, and anyone else concerned about plant health.
Ohio — Read on The Columbus Dispatch
If, and when, the invasive species becomes entrenched in Ohio, experts say it will have a devastating ripple effect on state growers.
Policy and Rulemaking
Idaho/West — Read on OPB.org
U.S. officials released an overarching plan for removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop devastating wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse.
Ohio – Read on Science
Ultimately, Jennifer Koch hopes to expand her approach to other trees brought low by a foreign pest, in a bid to reverse the biological hollowing out of forests set in motion by the transcontinental swapping of species.
Australia – Read on the Invasive Species Council
The new report, Glyphosate: A Chemical to Understand, in an attempt to reconcile the conflicting findings, and to consider the outcomes if Australia bans glyphosate.
Read NAISMA’s Position Paper: The Use of Pesticides in Invasive Species Management
Global — Read on The Conversation
We can anticipate and prepare for an invasive species that acts as a new predator or competitor for native wildlife. But how do we begin to prepare for the myriad diseases that they might carry?
Mediterranean — Read on Phys.org
Study proposes a cost-benefit analysis which will guide whether NIS should be managed in a sustainable or unsustainable way.
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