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Items of Interest:

Walnut Tree Quarantine in Morgan and Rhea Counties Due to Thousand Cankers Disease (Nov 6, 2013)
Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture today announced the discovery of a walnut tree killing disease, Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD), in Morgan and Rhea Counties. Walnut Twig Beetles, which transmit the disease causing fungus and the disease itself, have been found in both counties. The counties are now under quarantine. Citizens in these counties cannot move walnut tree products and hardwood firewood outside the quarantined counties.

Walnut Tree Quarantine in Jefferson County Due to Thousand Cankers Disease (Dec 10, 2012)
Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture today announced the discovery of a walnut tree killing disease, Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD), in Jefferson County. The county is now under quarantine. Hamblen County is now considered a buffer regulated county because it is adjacent to a quarantined county.  Rhea County is also being placed in the buffer regulated category because Walnut Twig Beetles have been caught in the county but no TCD fungus has been found. TDA officials urge area residents and visitors to help prevent the spread of TCD. Watch for signs of infestation in your black walnut trees. If you suspect your black walnut tree could be infested with TCD, visit TDA's online symptoms checklist and report form or call TDA's Regulatory Services Division at 1-800-628-2631.

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Middle Tennessee for the First Time (Sep 20, 2012)
Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has recently been found in Smith and Jefferson counties. Smith is the first county in Middle Tennessee where EAB has been found. While Jefferson County is adjacent to previously quarantined areas where EAB has been confirmed, the find in Smith County was of particular concern because of the distance the insect was found from the already quarantined areas in East Tennessee. The location in Smith County where four EAB were caught is at Cordell Hull Lake in the Elmwood/Granville area. For more information about EAB and other destructive forest pests in Tennessee, visit the new website: www.protecttnforests.org.

Camphor Shot Borer: A New Nursery and Landscape Pest in Tennessee (PDF | 5.71 MB) (Aug 2012)
University of Tennessee Extension.
The camphor shot borer (Cnestus mutilatus) was first detected in the United States in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi in 1999. It is now known to occur in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. In Tennessee, the CSB was first detected on April 25, 2008 near a lumber facility in Wayne County. As of 2012, CSB has been trapped in 18 Tennessee counties and probably occurs in other Tennessee counties.

State of Tennessee Extends Public Caves Closure into Fourth Year to Protect Bats (Jun 11, 2012)
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Caves located on state lands in Tennessee will remain closed in an effort to slow the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) among the state’s bat population. During the upcoming year, state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations will continue to monitor bats for signs of WNS.  Biologists will also continue to work with researchers to better understand WNS and determine the best ways to mitigate the effects of WNS on Tennessee’s bats. Tennessee’s WNS positive counties include Blount, Carter, Cumberland, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Montgomery, Stewart, Sullivan, and Van Buren.  These counties all have at least one cave that has tested positive for WNS.

Partially Africanized Bees Found in East Tennessee (Apr 9, 2012)
Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
Tennessee's first case of partially Africanized bees was confirmed through genetic testing last week in a colony belonging to a beekeeper in Monroe County. The colony has been depopulated and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is working with beekeepers in the area to determine if other bees could have been affected.

State Specific Threats:

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Database - Species Lists By State
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Provides fact sheets, maps and collection information for aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates occurring outside of their native range.

State Noxious Weed List - Tennessee
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center. PLANTS Database.
Designated legally noxious plants.

Status of Invasive Plants - Tennessee / Details by State and Details by County
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System.

Pest Tracker - Tennessee
USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.

States Restricting Firewood Movement and/or Advocating Leaving Firewood at Home: Who is Affected?
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

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Invasive Species
DOE. Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park.
Species of Concern; Publications; Management

Forest Health
Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Division of Forestry.
Species of Concern

Plant Certification
Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Regulatory Services Division.
Species of Concern; Laws and Regulations

Restoring Native Plants
Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Water Resources Program.

Wild Hogs
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Laws and Regulations; Management

Invasive/Exotic Species in Tennessee
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Reservoir Fisheries Management Program.
Species of Concern; Laws and Regulations; Management

Southern Appalachian Invasive Pest Plant Assessment
University of Tennessee. Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Special Note: Extensive survey data

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Weed Science
University of Tennessee.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Publications; Management

Institute for Biological Invasions
University of Tennessee. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Species of Concern; Management; Monitoring; Special Note: Many resources

Insects, Pests, Plant Diseases, and Weeds
University of Tennessee. Extension.

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Invasive Plant Control, Inc
Invasive Plant Control, Inc.
Species of Concern; Special Note: Commercial organization located in Nashville, Tennessee

Protect Tennessee Forests

Tennessee Cooperative Weed Management Area
Tennessee Cooperative Weed Management Area.
Contacts; Management

Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Special Notes: Native plant landscape recommendations, by region

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