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Inside the Hunt for a Great Lakes Blood Sucker

The federal government has been hunting sea lamprey for more than 50 years. But the battle to get rid of this invasive Great Lakes pest is far from won.

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Emerald Ash Borer May Have Arrived in Early 1990s

Emerald ash borers munch on the inner bark of the ash tree, and mess with the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. The pest has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the states and provinces around the Great Lakes. Now, researchers know a little bit more about how the emerald ash borer ate its way around the region.  

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Book Review: The Urban Bestiary

The author of the Aberdeen Bestiary cataloged living things known—and in some cases imagined—to 12th century Britons. Mixing fact with fancy, the Bestiary gives us little indication whether the author even knew the difference. In the new book, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt gives a modern version of a bestiary.

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Invasive Grass Carp Reproducing in Lake Erie

While grass carp have long been favorite additions to backyard ponds to control vegetation, the U.S. Geological Survey has found the fish reproducing in the Lake Erie basin.  The invasive fish, native to Asia, may put the troubled ecosystem further at risk.

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The Organic Gardeners: Invasives From Water Gardens Escaping Into Waterways

Water gardens and ponds have become popular additions to home landscapes. But some non-native, invasive species growing and living in these features are making their way into local streams, rivers and lakes. There are ways to make sure invasives stay put, and better options, like planting natives.

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Great Lakes Ballast Rules Meant to Prevent Invasives

Pennsylvania and New York are among the Great Lakes states that will have to decide soon about how to handle ballast from ships that ente

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Invasive Carp Would Be Able to Settle Down and Raise Family in Lake Erie

Temperatures in Lake Erie and flooding patterns in its tributaries make the western part of the waters vulnerable to the reproduction and

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What Makes a Healthy Forest: An Interview with Jeff Wagner

Today's forests face more challenges than ever before.

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Cities Spend $2B on Tree Pests/Disease; Homeowners Over $1B

The Nature Conservancy commissioned studies on the economic impacts of the many pests and pathogens impacting the health of our region�

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Let the Invasive Honeysuckle Take Its Course, Says Report

It's estimated that over 100 billion dollars is spent in the United States each year trying to eradicate invasive species.

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