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Dec 2009

Selected "In the News" items previously featured on NISIC for this month. See the In the News Archives to view previously posted items by year and month.

See our What's New section for current items of interest.

Don't Let It Loose

Park Unveils "Don't Let It Loose" Billboard Campaign (Dec 22, 2009)
National Park Service. Everglades National Park.
Everglades National Park, in partnership with other Federal and state land management agencies in Florida, unveiled a year-long campaign to highlight the ongoing issue of invasive species in the Everglades. Over the next twelve months, a statewide network of billboards will feature select nonnative species and advise viewers to "Don't Let It Loose."

Grass carp

President Obama's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding to be Used for Immediate Asian Carp Control Measures (Dec 14, 2009)
Environmental Protection Agency.
Great Lakes Inter-agency Task Force Chair and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced $13 million in federal funding to prevent Asian carp from migrating further toward the Great Lakes. The majority of funding will be used to close conduits and shore up low-lying lands between the Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal and adjacent waterways.

Japanese stiltgrass - Invasive.org

Researchers Learn Why Invasive Plants are Spreading Rapidly in Forests (Dec 10, 2009)
Penn State Live. University Park.
Researchers at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have linked the rapid spread of invasive plants in Eastern forests to forest road maintenance and the type of dirt and stone used on roads. Perhaps the most startling finding of the research "Forest Roads Facilitate the Spread of Invasive Plants,"(Invasive Plant Science and Management (Jul/Sep 2009) relates to the nature of dirt and gravel on forest roads that enables invasive plants such as Japanese stiltgrass to thrive.

Moutain pine beetle damage - Invasive.org

Vilsack Announces $40 Million To Address Bark Beetle (Dec 8, 2009)
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The U.S. Forest Service will commit an additional $40 million to address public safety concerns and forest health needs arising from the millions of acres of dead and dying trees from bark beetle infestations in the West.

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