COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho inspectors have already intercepted 14 boats carrying invasive mussels into the state nearly a month into inspection season, officials said.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A herd of goats has been slated to munch on weeds and other unwanted vegetation on Pittsburgh's North Side.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the goat herd from...
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Wildlife managers from tribal, state and local governments are joining forces at Lake Roosevelt this week to combat the spread of northern pike.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State funding is available for local efforts to control or get rid of invasive plants in Michigan's inland lakes.
The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy...
Iowa officials trying to stop spread of gypsy moths
BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials are trying to stop the spread of gypsy moths in eastern Iowa's Jackson County.
The gypsy moth is an invasive species that can cause deforestation as its...
North Dakota could soon set up invasive species program
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department could soon administer a new program to prevent the spread of invasive species in the state's lakes and waterways after a proposal to...
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park staff will be holding community meetings in Montana and Wyoming over the next couple of weeks regarding its efforts to restore...
Wyoming intercepts boat with suspected invasive mussels
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says inspectors recently found suspected invasive mussels on a boat headed through the state.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Environmentalists are honoring Mother Earth and discussing the work ahead to protect it.
North Carolina Earth Day events to demonstrate support for environmental...
ORONO, Maine (AP) — A scientist with the University of Maine says the Pine Tree State's trouble with a moth that defoliates trees and irritates people is likely to be bad this year.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A newly formed watchdog group says Montana's aquatic invasive species prevention program has serious flaws.
The Missoulian reports that Watershed Protection Advocates...
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Managers of a national forest in western Wyoming propose the use of crop-dusting techniques to control an invasive species of grass.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — If people in rural Michigan see smoke in the sky this spring, it won't necessarily mean there's a problem.
The state Department of Natural Resources is planning a...
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Experts in the field of invasive species are meeting in Maine to discuss ways to control unwanted pests in the state.
The Annual Meeting of the Maine Invasive Species...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has placed Stearns County under an emergency quarantine after a tree-killing insect was found in the city of Sauk...
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to pump more money into programs to protect Great Lakes water quality.
More than 100 representatives of organizations in the...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's still time to stop an invasive grass that's threatening to spread in wetlands across Minnesota, according to some scientists.
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Prize money being offered to thin South Fork rainbow trout
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has placed a bounty on rainbow trout in the South Fork of the Snake River in hopes of reducing the population of the invasive species. Prize money ranging from $50 to $1,000 is awarded to any angler who turns in a rainbow trout head containing a coded wire tag.
Researchers warn of economic damage from invasive mussels
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Researchers are warning that invasive mussels could cost Montana's economy more than $230 million per year in three key economic sectors: recreation, infrastructure and irrigation.
The Montana Invasive Species Council commissioned the study by the University of Montana Flathead Biological Station.
The last of a Hawaiian land snail species dies at age 14
HONOLULU (AP) — The last of a Hawaiian land snail species has died.
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says the last known Achatinella apexfulva died on New Year's Day. It was about 14 years old and named George.
In 1997, the last 10 known of its kind were brought into a laboratory at the University of Hawaii to be raised in captivity.
Grants fund projects fighting invasive species in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than two dozen projects will share $3.6 million to help battle invasive species across Michigan.
The state says the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program funding will support promising new developments to fight the pests on land and in the water.
Online tools deployed to detect Great Lakes invasive species
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A program designed to keep policymakers up to speed on threats to the Great Lakes has created online tools to support early detection of exotic species.
Blue Accounting is an initiative led by the Great Lakes Commission and The Nature Conservancy, with help from other government agencies and private organizations.
Hawaii governor backs biocontrol to fight invasive species
KAIILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige has proposed building a $35 million regional biocontrol facility to research ways to control invasive species that threaten the state's economy and natural environment.
Ige advocated for a biocontrol facility while addressing the Western Governors Association at its meeting Monday on the Big Island.
Biocontrol is the practice of introducing a non-native predator to curb a destructive invasive species.
Hawaii importing invasive snakes to train dogs to find them
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is importing four brown tree snakes to be used to train dogs to detect the dangerously invasive species and hopefully prevent the snakes from establishing themselves in the islands.
Invasive Asian longhorned tick spreads, worrying scientists
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In the year since the Asian longhorned tick was officially spotted in New Jersey, it's expanded to eight more states, including Virginia.
Chicago River advocates get grant to clear invasive species
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago River wildlife will benefit from a grant of more than $240,000.
Friends of the Chicago River announced the grant Friday. The money from the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund will allow the clearance of invasive species from more than 200 acres around Crooked Creek near Palos Hills.
Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy.
Tennessee nursery fined for shipping infested hemlocks to NY
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmental regulators have fined a Tennessee wholesale nursery $2,500 for shipping hemlock tree seedlings infested with a destructive invasive species to customers in upstate New York.
The Department of Environmental Conservation imposed the fine for violating New York state's invasive species regulations. The infested eastern hemlock seedlings were shipped to Oswego and Schenectady counties in April 2017.
Trapper captures record-setting python in Everglades
MIAMI (AP) — Officials say a Florida trapper has captured a record-setting python as part of a program to remove the invasive species from the Everglades.
Invasive snail species continues to spread in Wyoming
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a small mollusk has invaded some Wyoming rivers and is spreading.
The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the rapidly reproducing New Zealand mudsnails have been detected this year in the Salt River in western Wyoming.
Kentucky awards contract to expand Asian carp market
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The state of Kentucky has awarded a contract for the establishment of a fish house to expand the market for an invasive species, Asian carp.
Gov. Matt Bevin's office said in a news release Tuesday that Kentucky Fish Center LLC of Wickliffe owned by Angie Yu won the contract. Asian carp caught in the state will be sold in daily auctions overseen by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Opposition raised to logging plans in Salamonie River forest
WABASH, Ind. (AP) — Activists opposed to the planned logging of a state forest in northern Indiana say it would harm one of the region's largest remaining tracts of woodlands and allow invasive species to take hold.
Researchers turn Minnesota lake into large laboratory
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Researchers have turned a Minnesota lake into a giant laboratory to study invasive plants.
The Koronis Lake Association has spent $500,000 on a pilot project at Lake Koronis to address starry stonewort, KSTP-TV reported.
Draining Omaha lake proposed to kill off 2 invasive species
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to drain an Omaha lake in order to kill off two invasive species living in the body of water, according to a recently released environmental assessment.
State official admits ‘gaps’ in invasive mussel screening
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The state's aquatic invasive species coordinator says there have been some "gaps" in efforts to prevent the spread of invasive mussels at Tiber Reservoir, where larvae of invasive mussels were detected two years ago.
Agent who failed to inspect enough ships faces prison time
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A former federal agent is facing jail time in Virginia after failing to inspect international cargo ships for invasive species and diseases and lying about it.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that Carl James Jr. will be sentenced in federal court in January. He pleaded guilty last week to making a false statement on a government form.
Michigan officials add insect, plant to invasives watch list
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are sounding the alarm about an exotic insect and a flower that would pose risks to agriculture and the environment if they reach the state.
The Department of Natural Resources has added the spotted lanternfly and the Japanese chaff flower to the invasive species watch list.
Bill would change how invasive species prevention is funded
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Environmental Quality Council is proposing legislation that would drop hydroelectric power fees as a funding source for aquatic invasive species prevention program.
Instead, the proposed bill would shift the cost of the $6.5 million state program to boaters, anglers and Montana's general fund.
Report: Climate change impacting Yellowstone resources
POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone park managers are worried that changing climate in northwest Wyoming is already impacting the national park's key natural resources.
The new report from park rangers released Tuesday says average temperatures in the area are higher than usual, resulting a variety of changes to the ecosystem.
Herbicide spraying to start in fight against invasive plant
BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — Workers will soon begin spraying herbicide to remove an invasive plant from one of Mississippi's most popular lakes.
Giant salvinia was found in June in the Pelahatchie Bay area of Ross Barnett Reservoir, north of Jackson. The fast-growing aquatic fern is native to Brazil. It can form thick mats that choke aquatic life and hamper swimming and boating.
How raptor was rescued from extinction by unlikely savior
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Everglades snail kite, a raptor with red eyes and a knife-sharp beak, was sinking into oblivion a decade ago, its graceful arc on mottled wings fading from Florida skies forever.
As humans watched the free fall with haphazard rescue attempts, an unwitting savior stalled the extinction countdown.
Butterfly-killing invasive plant found in northern Michigan
KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Officials in northern Michigan are working to get rid of an invasive plant that poisons monarch butterflies.
Scientists struggle to measure impact of invasive species
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — Scientists still don't have a clear answer on whether invasive species are destroying Minnesota's lakes more than 20 years after they started spreading in the state's waters.
Virginia Tech studies controlling invasive plant with fungus
RAPHINE, Va. (AP) — The kudzu of the tree world could one day be controlled by a fungus.
Virginia Tech graduate student Rachel Brooks is testing how the fungus verticillium attacks tree of heaven, an invasive species for which Brooks used the kudzu reference. The hope: that the fungus will help kill the tree, which grows just about everywhere.
Minnesota spends $10M a year to battle invasive species
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is spending millions of dollars annually to fight invasive species in its lakes and waterways, but the damaging plants and animals are continuing to spread.
Aquatic invasive species have plagued Minnesota for more than a century, when common carp were introduced as a new game species.
Biologists survey invasive crawfish in Kodiak Island lake
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A team of biologists is surveying a lake on Kodiak Island for crawfish, an invasive species in Alaska that has been observed in higher frequency over past several years.
Officials work to stop spread of spotted lanternfly
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania agriculture officials are working to control the spread of the spotted lanternfly.