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Recent News

  • Proposed Common Name Change for Asian Giant Hornet and Other Hornets

    • Entomological Society of America.

    • The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is accepting comments until June 10, 2022 on a proposed common name for Vespa mandarinia and two related species of Vespa hornets.  Although Vespa mandarinia has been detected in the Pacific Northwest, the other two hornets are not known to occur in the United States.  Currently, Vespa mandarinia is being called many different names in the popular press, but no ESA authorized common name has been established. See Common Names section for more information as it becomes available.

    • Post Date
      Jun 09, 2022
  • Plant Protection Today - PPQ's Ohio ALB Eradication Staff Continue to Win the Beetle Battle

    • May 31, 2022
    • USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection Today.

    • Last month PPQ's Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Eradication Program in Ohio celebrated another victory—the ALB quarantine is officially 7.5 square miles smaller! This invasive beetle from Asia is a destructive wood-boring pest that feeds on maple and other hardwoods, eventually killing them. After completing their final round of tree inspection surveys, the ALB staff reported no sign of the beetle in a portion of East Fork State Park in Clermont County, Ohio.

      "Inspecting ALB host trees is painstaking work, and the staff meticulously survey for the pest," said ALB National Policy Manager Kathryn Bronsky. "It’s been three years since the last time we've lifted ALB quarantine restrictions in Ohio, and this is the first removal of the initial area placed under quarantine. That makes this success especially gratifying."

    • Post Date
      Jun 08, 2022
  • NYDEC Launches New Aquatic Invasive Species Requirements for Motorized Boats in Adirondack Waters

    • Jun 6, 2022
    • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

    • The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced measures to prevent the further spread of aquatic invasive species in the Adirondacks. Recent changes to state Environmental Conservation Law become effective on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, and require motorized boat users to obtain certification that they have inspected and removed potentially harmful aquatic invasive species before launching in waters in, and immediately adjacent to, the Adirondack Forest Preserve. To learn more about the New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program, the new certification requirements, and where to find a boat steward, please visit DEC's website.

    • Post Date
      Jun 08, 2022
  • Assessing Pollinator Friendliness of Plants and Designing Mixes to Restore Habitat for Bees

    • Jan 2022
    • USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station.
      General Technical Report; RMRS-GTR-429.

    • The worldwide decline in bee populations is threatening the delivery of pollination services, thus leading to the development of pollinator restoration strategies. In the United States, one way to protect and restore bee populations is to use seed mixes composed of pollinator-friendly native plants to revegetate federal lands following disturbance.

      Scientists assessed the attractiveness and use by bees of 24 native plant species that are standard for revegetation projects (focal plants) on national forest lands in western Montana.

    • Post Date
      Jun 07, 2022
  • Department Expands Spotted Lanterfly Quarantine Zone

    • Jan 20, 2022
    • Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

    • The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) expanded its spotted lanternfly quarantine.  A quarantine order first issued by the state secretary of agriculture in October 2019 for Harford and Cecil counties is still in effect, but has been expanded this year to also include: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Kent, Montgomery and Washington counties, as well as Baltimore City. This quarantine is effective immediately, and restricts the movement of regulated articles that might contain the spotted lanternfly in any of its life stages, including egg masses, nymphs, and adults.

      See additional resources on the Maryland Department of Agriculture's site for Spotted Lanternfly for up-to-date information. For questions related to the quarantine, permitting, treatment, or to report a sighting of the spotted lanternfly, especially outside of the quarantine zone, call 410-841-5920 or email If you report a spotted lanternfly via email, please provide the location of the sighting and your contact information.

    • Post Date
      Jun 07, 2022
  • Don't Move Firewood - Highlights: States with Excellent Firewood Outreach

    • Jun 1, 2022
    • Nature Conservancy.

    • Provides great examples of consistency and thoroughness in their outreach on firewood and forest health.

    • Post Date
      Jun 06, 2022
  • Secretary Vilsack Approves Additional Funds to Support Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Response

    • May 27, 2022
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) continues its efforts to respond to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the United States. To date, the virus has been confirmed in 35 states, affecting more than 37.9 million domestic birds. APHIS’ response efforts include working closely with animal health officials in affected states to quickly identify and address new cases of HPAI. To help ensure APHIS can continue to provide critical rapid response activities, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved the transfer of $400 million from the Commodity Credit Corporation to APHIS to directly support the response efforts.

      While these response efforts are vital to ending the outbreak, there are also actions bird owners can take to help stop the spread of this virus. APHIS has a variety of biosecurity resources available along with more information for bird owners.

    • Post Date
      May 28, 2022
  • Tagging Study Offers Money for Harvesting Northern Snakeheads

    • May 24, 2022
    • Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

    • In an effort to monitor invasive northern snakeheads in the Chesapeake Bay and Blackwater River, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces a new tagging program in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Both agencies are placing yellow or blue tags on up to 500 northern snakeheads. Each tagged northern snakehead caught and harvested from now until 2024 could be rewarded with a gift card of $10 or $200 depending on the tag.

      In order to qualify, the harvester must report the tag number to USFWS at 800-448-8322, and is asked to take a picture of their harvested and tagged northern snakehead. Only harvested northern snakeheads with reported tags will qualify for gift cards.

    • Post Date
      May 28, 2022
  • Environmental DNA (eDNA)

    • National Invasive Species Council.

    • Environmental DNA is developing into a powerful tool for improving the monitoring and detection of invasive species, which may be present in low numbers and therefore difficult to find. There are a wide range of ongoing efforts by federal and non-federal groups working to improve and apply eDNA to invasive species monitoring and management.

      The NISC FY2020 to FY2022 Work Plans incorporated interagency work on eDNA, including the following outputs:

      The NISC white paper has been released (May 2022) -- Environmental DNA as a Tool for Invasive Species Detection and Management [PDF | 295 KB]

    • Post Date
      May 27, 2022
  • Early Detection and Rapid Response

    • National Invasive Species Council.

    • Early detection and rapid response (EDRR) is a key tenet of invasive species management, where “detection” is the process of observing and documenting an invasive species, and “response” is the process of reacting to the detection once the organism has been authoritatively identified and response options have been assessed.

      The NISC FY 2020 - FY 2022 Work Plans identified priority activities in the area of rapid response, including:

          Rapid Response Fund - Criteria and Considerations: Increase resource streams for rapid response to new detections of invasive species. The NISC White Paper has been released (May 2022) -- Federal Invasive Species Rapid Response Fund:  Criteria and Considerations for Establishment [PDF | 823 KB]

    • Post Date
      May 27, 2022