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Archive for February, 2010

Growers, Florists want CWR quarantine lifted

A recent story in GrowerTalks magazine describes efforts by both growers of chrysanthemums and florists to convince the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to lift the quarantine on plants infected by Chrysanthemum White Rust (Puccinia horiana, “CWR”). The concerned groups, which include the Society of American Florists (SAF), the American Nursery and […]

The Aliens Have Landed!

A while ago, we blogged about “Aliens Have Landed: Exotic Invasive Species of New England,” an ABC book about invasive species written by students at the Fall Brook Elementary in Leominster, MA. We’re happy to report that to help get the word out about invasive species, Ms. Fiandaca and her class have generously allowed us […]

Mile-A-Minute: Invasion of the Aliens

What lives in the Blue Hills, grows 6 inches a day and is destroying the habitat of our native species? Join DCR Forestry Assistant Alexandra Echandi for a talk about Mile-a-Minute, an invasive weed recently identified in the Blue Hills. Learn how to identify, report and help control the spread of this and other invasive […]

Free ALB Training Session in Worcester 2/24

It has now been more than a year since the Asian Longhorned Beetle (“ALB”) was first discovered in Worcester. Residents of Greater Worcester can probably all list a number of ways that this beetle has negatively impacted their lives. While one of the most important things you can do to keep ALB from spreading is […]