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

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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 […]

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Are invasive plants “bugging” you?

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Contact: Marc Imlay, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission | 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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The cherry blossoms have arrived! Some good, some bad.

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Contact: Bud Reaves, Anne Arundel County | Flowers of the invasive sweet cherry, Prunus avium. Photo: Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.orgANNAPOLIS, MD (April 3, 2018) – Every year in late March and early April, cherry trees burst forth into bloom in Maryland.  Some of the first to bloom in the spring, cherries are among the showiest flowers in […]

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This little piggy went to Maryland?

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Contact – Jonathan McNight, Maryland, DNR – Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service | Photo: USDA APHIS Wildlife ServicesANNAPOLIS, MD (March 1, 2018) – In the last week of January 2018, one of a pair of free-ranging pigs (Sus scrofa) attacked and bit a citizen in Frederick County, Maryland.  The porcine perpetrator was subsequently killed by […]

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MISC Meeting – March 15, 2018

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Maryland Invasive Species Council – Next Meeting Thursday, March 15 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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Please pardon our dust as we transition to our new website, some content may not yet be functional or available yet. Thank you for your patience in this process.   MISC’s original website has been preserved and moved to   Web hosting sponsored by Montgomery Weed Control Inc, web design by Michael Ellis.  

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Not so Heavenly

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Contact: Colleen Kenny, Maryland DNR – Forest Service | Nandina domestica foliage and fruit. Photo: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.orgANNAPOLIS, MD (February 1, 2018) – As you walk through the woods this February, most plants will appear dormant, but heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) will be on full display. While often used as an […]

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Red Alert: Spotted lanternfly

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Contact: Colleen Kenny, Maryland DNR – Forest Service | Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture , Bugwood.orgANNAPOLIS, MD (January 1, 2018) – Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive plant-hopping insect that attacks and feeds on a wide variety of fruit and tree species. Spotted lanternfly has been spreading throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, and because it was […]

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Good for what “Ails” you? A gift from Heaven?

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Contact: Jil Swearingen, Invasive Species Consultant, Cheverly, Maryland | ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 1, 2017) – Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is a highly invasive plant species native to China and East Asia, that impacts natural areas, agricultural areas, and urban areas. It was first introduced into the U.S. around 1784 by William Hamilton at his […]

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