Viewing: invasive species

Emerald ash borer takes flight

By on May 3, 2017

The days are warm now and many North Carolinians have thoughts of leaving their homes for summer vacation.  The invasive emerald ash borer is doing the same, except its destination is our beautiful ash trees. It is peak flying season

Laurel wilt disease continues to spread in NC

By on April 19, 2017

Laurel wilt is a devastating non-native disease of redbay trees and other plants in the laurel family in the Southeastern U.S. Native to Southeast Asia, it was first detected near Savannah in the early 2000s and has since spread to

The health of our forests: 2016 year-in-review

By on December 28, 2016

Between the destruction of Hurricane Matthew in the eastern part of the state and the relentlessness of the many fires in the West, North Carolina has seen its fair share of natural disasters this year. Damage caused by insects and

Thousand Cankers Disease Stays Put for Another Year in NC

By on December 21, 2016

From late summer through early November, the N.C. Forest Services’ Forest Health staff, the Plant Industry Division, and cooperators with the Duke Forest set and monitored 104 traps across the state with the intent of detecting the walnut twig beetle

BugFest visitors hear the buzz about firewood

By on September 21, 2016

On Sept. 17, 30,000 visitors swarmed BugFest, an annual event at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. While many are adventurous and take a bite out of dishes with six-legged ingredients, the N.C. Forest Service and Plant Industry

Emerald ash borer on the move: Four new counties positive for the tree-killing beetle

By on July 27, 2016

Across the state, North Carolinians are packing their bags and going on their summer vacations. Roads are full of families driving to the beautiful N.C. beaches, charming Piedmont destinations and the awe-inspiring mountains. But vacationers aren’t the only ones on

It’s all about the S’more

By on May 18, 2016

Sweet summertime, fireflies, campfires and roasted marshmallows. They just go together. School will be out soon and camping will commence. When making your checklist for items to bring on your camping trip, there’s one that should be left off the list

Tracking the emerald ash borer

By on May 11, 2016

The emerald ash borer put on a big show in 2015. Last year, the tree-killing beetle was found in 14 North Carolina counties, bringing the total infested counties in the state to 18. Previously, it was only known to occur in four

Wisteria hysteria

By on April 6, 2016

For the past few weeks, many North Carolina treetops have been clothed with a gorgeous drooping purple flower that reaches high into forest canopies. The thought by many is that the plant is a stunning reminder that spring has arrived

Sweating the small stuff: NC Plant Conservation Program to protect small endangered plant

By on February 24, 2016

Pondberry, a small, wetland shrub with yellow flowers that pop up each spring, may soon be gone forever in the state. The shrub, native to the Southeast and historically found in wetland habitats, was essentially wiped out last century as