Game and Fish Continues Intensive ANS Efforts (Oct 29, 2012)
North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department spent a record amount of time monitoring the state's waterways looking for aquatic nuisance species in 2012. Despite these intense efforts only one new infestation was documented - curly leaf pondweed in Lake Elsie in Richland County. Fred Ryckman, ANS coordinator, said one of the biggest surprises in 2012 was no detection of zebra mussel in the Otter Tail and Red rivers at Wahpeton, where young zebra mussels were found in both 2010 and 2011. However, Ryckman said the recent announcement by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that adult zebra mussels have become established and continue to move downstream in Minnesota's Otter Tail drainage is discouraging. "Thankfully we haven't found any adult zebra mussels anywhere in North Dakota," Ryckman added.
Japanese Beetle Found in North Dakota (Aug 8, 2012)
North Dakota Department of Agriculture.
A serious plant pest widely found in the eastern U.S. has been detected in North Dakota for the second time in 11 years. "A North Dakota Department of Agriculture plant protection specialist positively identified a Japanese beetle submitted to the NDSU-Extension's Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab from Grand Forks," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "The specialist subsequently found more specimens in traps in West Fargo." The insects defoliate a broad range of plants, including corn, soybeans, ornamentals, trees, and shrubs, especially roses and lindens. Goehring urged homeowners to contact their county extension agent if they suspect Japanese beetles.
North Dakota Emerald Ash Borer First Detector Program
North Dakota State University.
A North Dakota Emerald Ash Borer First Detector Program has been cooperatively developed by the North Dakota Forest Service, North Dakota State University, North Dakota Department of Agriculture, National Plant Diagnostic Network and the USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine to train citizens of North Dakota to correctly identify symptoms and signs of EAB. If you are interested in becoming an EAB first detector in North Dakota, contact Aaron.D.Bergdahl(at)ndsu.edu. Also available is the 2012 Emerald Ash Borer First Detector Manual (PDF | 24.66 MB).