Toil and Trouble: Weed Risk Assessment

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Contributors: Kerrie Kyde and Sylvan KaufmanFor more information, contact: MD Department of Agriculture- Plant Protection and Weed Management, ppwm.mda@maryland.gov Over the course of two days in early March, 30 volunteers toiled, argued, and persevered through the process of assessing three different plant species for invasiveness. They dug up peer-reviewed papers, unearthed state government reports, scrolled […]

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MISC Meeting – March 21, 2019

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Thursday, March 21 2019 | 9:30 AM to 12 PM National Agricultural Library Abraham Lincoln Building 10301 Baltimore Avenue Beltsville, MD 20705 MISC meetings are open to the public. From Lane Heimer, MISC Facilitator: The March 21, 2019 Meeting will be held at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD and have the same speakers and […]

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Tiny beetle, giant impact.

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Contributor: Aaron Shurtleff, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Aaron.Shurtleff@maryland.gov The khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) is a small beetle in the family Dermestidae.  It feeds on a wide variety of dried plant and animal products, but its main target is stored grains, such as rice, wheat, and barley.  Khapra beetle is one of the most destructive pests […]

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Invasive Vinca, Rhymes with “Stinka”

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Contributor: Jil Swearingen, Invasive Species Consultant, jilswearingen@gmail.com While there are a number of native evergreen groundcovers in Maryland, you’re likely to see large patches of non-native evergreen plants covering the ground this time of year in our parks and natural areas. Most common among these are English ivy (Hedera helix), winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei), ground ivy […]

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MISC Meeting – January 17, 2019

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Maryland Invasive Species Council – Next Meeting Thursday, January 17 2019 | 9:30 AM to 12 PM LOCATION: Agricultural History Farm Park18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD 20855 Due to the continued partial government shutdown, our scheduled speaker for this Thursday’s meeting will be unable to attend. MISC meetings are open to the public. AGENDA – Download Here […]

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‘Tis the Season to Fear Holly

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Contributor: Michael Ellis, M-MCPPC Park Ranger Office, Michael.Ellis@pgparks.com With winter weather and the holiday season here, Maryland’s deciduous forests have lost their leaves, leaving evergreens strikingly bright and colorful in otherwise dormant landscapes. However, some evergreen plants now found in Maryland may be non-native invasive species. Since hollies are a celebrated symbol of December and the […]

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CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: MISC Meeting – November 15, 2018

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CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER Thursday, November 15 2018 | 9:30 AM to 12 PM National Agricultural Library Abraham Lincoln Building 10301 Baltimore Avenue Beltsville, MD 20705 MISC meetings are open to the public. Please let us know if you might be attending. Send an email to Lane.Heimer@maryland.gov and ask to add your name to […]

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Safeguarding American Agriculture – One State at a Time

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Contributor: Matthew A. Travis, State Plant Health Director MD/DC, USDA APHIS Every day, goods enter our country from all over the world. With these goods come non-native species that could be the next big invader. Few of us see the behind-the-scenes actions taken by agencies such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to stop these […]

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Spotted Lanternfly and Tree of Heaven

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Contributors: Shelley Brunelle | MDOT State Highway Administration, Office of Environmental Design, Consultant for Landscape Operations DivisionKimberly Rice | Maryland Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection & Weed Management Program Manager | DontBug.MD@maryland.gov ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 1, 2018) – Spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula is an invasive plant-hopping insect that feeds on a wide variety of tree […]

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Nitrogen Fixer Fixin’ For Trouble

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Contact: Francis Smith, Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Forest Service | francis.smith@maryland.gov ANNAPOLIS MD (August 1, 2018) – Prolific seed production. Rapid re-sprouting. Highly adaptable. Three traits of a very successful plant, and also what makes autumn olive an ecological nightmare. As summer winds down and fall creeps in, the red berries of this invasive shrub will […]

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