Sunday, December 7, 2014

Experts fear for long-term health of U.S. forests

By Wilson Ring

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The age of forest landowners across the country is increasing while the size of the parcels they own is shrinking — and that has state, federal and private experts fearing for the long-term health of millions of acres of American woodlands.

The concerns of forestry professionals are more subtle than the typical worries over large-scale development: As the parcels of land get smaller, the people who own them might not have the same commitment to the forests as the previous landowners.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Spotted Lanternfly - A New Insect Pest Detected in Pennsylvania

The spotted lanternfly is native to China, India, Japan, and Vietnam and has been detected for the first time in the United States in northeastern Berks County, Pennsylvania

This approximately one inch long insect with piercing-sucking mouthparts has the potential to impact the green industry, grape growers, tree fruit growers, and the forest- and wood-products industries in Pennsylvania as well as the United States.

A quarantine is currently in place around District Township and Pike Township in Berks County.  The quarantine may be expanded to new areas as further detections of the Spotted Lanternfly are detected and confirmed.

       Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture >>>

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       Additional Berks County townships, communities quarantined because of Spotted Lanternfly