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 ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 1, 2018) – Many shrubs first introduced as desirable landscape species have been found to take over the understory of woodlands and greatly impact native forest regeneration.  The invasive properties of both Japanese barberry (Berberis thumbergii) and Bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) have […]

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The cherry blossoms have arrived! Some good, some bad.

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Contact: Bud Reaves, Anne Arundel County | ipreav00@aacounty.org ANNAPOLIS, 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 the forest.  However, most of the cherry trees that get […]

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This little piggy went to Maryland?

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Contact – Jonathan McNight, Maryland, DNR – Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service | jonathan.mcknight@maryland.gov ANNAPOLIS, 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 Frederick County Animal […]

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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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Welcome to Our New Website!

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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 www.mdinvasives.org/archive/   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 | colleen.kenny@maryland.gov 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 | colleen.kenny@maryland.gov ANNAPOLIS, 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 recently found for the first […]

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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 | jilswearingen@gmail.com 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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Misgivings over Miscanthus

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Contact:  Michael Ellis, M-NCPPC | Michael.Ellis@pgparks.com | Written by Kerrie Kyde. ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 1, 2017) – Tall silver and white and even purple plumes of grass nodding from old fields and road edges may catch your eye as they are tossed by autumn winds. Graceful and attractive in gardens, some ornamental grasses are rapidly becoming natural […]

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