‘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 Leaf top and underside. James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org Berry clusters. Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org 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 […]

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MISC Meeting – July 19, 2018

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Maryland Invasive Species Council – Next Meeting Thursday, July 19 2018 | 9:30 AM to 12 PM LOCATION: Maryland Department of Agriculture 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway Annapolis, MD 21401 Click Here for Directions to MDA Follow signs to Visitor Parking. Walk in through main entrance, visitors must check in at the security desk. AGENDA – […]

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Stop the Hitchhikers: Clean Your Gear

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Contact: Jay Kilian, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Resource Assessment Service | 410-260-8617 Zebra Mussel is an invasive species that has spread throughout much of North America as a hitchhiker attached to boat hulls, motors, and trailers. Although it is small, this species has big impacts on water quality, aquatic food webs, and industrial infrastructure […]

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Trapped Again? A New Species of Water Chestnut Discovered in the Potomac

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Trapa sp. 2-horned fruits. ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 1, 2018) – Eurasian water chestnut (Trapa natans) has been present in the United States since the latter half of the 19th century and is a well-known invasive species.  Once water chestnut shows up in a water body, it can quickly spread to cover large areas and, if […]

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MISC Meeting – May 17, 2018

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Thursday, May 17 2018 | 9:30 AM to 12 PM LOCATION: National Agricultural Library Abraham Lincoln Building Multi-Purpose Room 10301 Baltimore Avenue Beltsville, MD 20705-2351 Visiting the National Agricultural Library AGENDA – Scroll down MISC meetings are open to the public. Please let us know if you might be attending. Send an email to Lane.Heimer@maryland.gov […]

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Are invasive plants “bugging” you?

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Contact: Marc Imlay, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission | ialm@erols.com Adult black-legged tick (deer tick), Ixodes scapularis.Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research ServiceWhat dangers may lurk in these invasive shrubs?Photo: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.orgANNAPOLIS, MD (May 1, 2018) – Many shrubs first introduced as desirable landscape species have been found to take over […]

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