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Invasive Species - What's New on NISIC's Site

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Recent News

  • Protect Our Pigs: Fight African Swine Fever

    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • African swine fever is a deadly pig disease that spreads rapidly and affects domestic and wild swine. While not a threat to human health, the virus could devastate America’s swine, pork industry, and food supply. Whatever pigs mean to you—your livelihood or a pet—we’re all in it together. Protect our swine and keep the disease out of the United States.

    • Post Date
      Oct 16, 2023
  • Native Seeds: Supplying Restoration

    • 2023
    • International Network for Seed-Based Restoration.

    • A new 9-part series 'Native Seeds: Supplying Restoration' about the native seed supply chain in the Western U.S. by the International Network for Seed-Based Restoration. Filmed over four seasons, this series weaves together footage of seed collectors, farmers, researchers, and land managers working to scale up the supply of native seeds to meet the growing restoration demand. Several USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station researchers are featured in these videos. Videos were released June 29, 2023 - August 24, 2023.

    • Post Date
      Oct 16, 2023
  • Snake River Quagga Mussel

    • Sep 2023
    • Idaho Department of Agriculture.

    • The Idaho Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has confirmed the presence of quagga mussel in the Mid-Snake River. Quagga mussel larvae was first detected in the Snake River near Twin Falls on September 18, 2023, by routine monitoring conducted by the ISDA. If nothing were done, quagga mussels would quickly take over waterways. They would irreparably harm water use in Idaho. These findings mark the first time a rapid response plan has been put into action for quagga mussels in Idaho.
      See also: ISDA Confirms Quagga Mussel Larvae in the Snake River (Sep 19, 2023)

    • Post Date
      Oct 11, 2023
  • Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas, Field Guide

    • 2022
    • Invasive.org.

    • Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas, Field Guide is a portable resource for both novice and expert. This practical book is intended for people interested in maintaining or restoring natural areas - from parks and preserves to residential landscapes. Use this book as an introduction to invasive plants to help you recognize, report, prevent, control and teach others about them. Managing invasive plants is crucial if we want our native plants and animals to thrive. Plant Invaders provides information on 92 aquatic and terrestrial invasive species threatening our region, guidance on control methods, discussion of the effects of climate change on invasive plants, explanations and maps of ecoregions and physiographic provinces, and suggestions for native plant alternatives.

      Citation: Swearingen, J.M. and J.P. Fulton. 2022. Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas, Field Guide. Passiflora Press. 200 pp.

    • Post Date
      Oct 10, 2023
  • A Rapid Response Fund for Aquatic Invasive Species

    • Aug 18, 2023
    • DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    • Financial resources available for quick containment or eradication of newly detected species. Recognizing the importance of timely action, the Department of the Interior is working with partners to identify, enhance, and collaborate on Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) activities, including the establishment of a Rapid Response Fund for aquatic invasive species.

    • Post Date
      Oct 06, 2023
  • Firewood Map

    • Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

    • October is Firewood Month! Learn about firewood rules and how moving firewood hurts our environment and economy by spreading invasive species. Provides specific state information on their firewood regulations and recommendations (includes Canada and Mexico).

    • Post Date
      Oct 05, 2023
  • Spotted Lanternfly Identified in Illinois

    • Sep 26, 2023
    • Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

    • The Illinois Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first detection of spotted lanternfly (Lycorma deliculata) in Illinois. Following a report of a live adult on Sept. 16, state, federal, and local officials coordinated a site visit near the area of the report and identified a moderately populated area of spotted lanternfly (SLF) on Sept. 18. Specimens were collected and submitted for identification, and confirmatory results were received on September 26. The spotted lanternfly does not present any human or animal health concerns.

      If you see SLF or suspect it, report it to lanternfly@illinois.edu. A fact sheet, including photos, is available through the University of Illinois Extension [PDF, 1.6 MB].

    • Post Date
      Oct 03, 2023
  • First Michigan Detection of Invasive Hydrilla Triggers Response

    • Oct 2, 2023
    • Michigan.gov. Michigan Invasive Species Program.

    • Hydrilla, considered one of the world's most invasive aquatic plants, has been detected for the first time in Michigan. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy confirmed two small populations of the plant in adjacent private ponds on residential properties in Berrien Springs in Southwest Michigan.

      The small patches of hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) were discovered during routine monitoring following treatment for another invasive plant, parrot feather, which was found in the pond in 2020. Both species are prohibited in Michigan, meaning it is unlawful to sell, possess or import them into the state, and both are on Michigan’s invasive species watch list due to their potential environmental threat. Any suspicious aquatic plants should be reported as soon as possible to EGLE-WRD-AIP@Michigan.gov. Include close-up photos and provide the location of the detection in your report. More information on identifying and reporting invasive aquatic plants can be found at Michigan.gov/Invasives.

    • Post Date
      Oct 03, 2023
  • New to New Hampshire - Invasive Spiny Water Flea Confirmed in Lake Winnipesaukee

    • Sep 29, 2023
    • New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

    • This summer, state biologists from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) documented the presence of a new aquatic invasive species to New Hampshire. The spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus) was documented on September 13 in the deepest location of Lake Winnipesaukee, in the Broads in Gilford, New Hampshire. Subsequent sampling also confirmed spiny water flea presence in Alton and Wolfeboro areas of the lake. State biologists believe this is a recent infestation.

    • Post Date
      Sep 30, 2023
  • Creation of a New Center Through the LSU AgCenter Will Aid in Mitigating Damage of Invasive Species

    • Sep 21, 2023
    • Louisiana State University. AgCenter Research and Extension.

    • Louisiana is home to some of the most destructive invasive species found in the United States. The LSU AgCenter has long worked to monitor and manage these non-native insects, weeds and wildlife. To better understand and control invasive species, the LSU AgCenter is developing a Center of Research Excellence for the Study of Invasive Species. The Louisiana Board of Regents approved the creation of the center on Sept. 20.

    • Post Date
      Sep 28, 2023