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Beech Bark Disease Can Be Amplified by Harvesting
Ongoing mechanical, partial harvests can result in conditions that foster sprouting of diseased beech. Sprout thickets are dominating many of our best-quality hardwood sites. 

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Banning the Sale of Invasive Plants, and a Few Hitchhikers
Thirty-three invasive, and likely or potentially invasive, plants have been banned from sale in Maine in a ruling that went into effect on January 14, 2017.  Prohibition of sales will begin on January 1, 2018.  Three of those plants have never been nursery stock, but rather, "horticultural hitchhikers."

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Invasive Plants 101:  Autumn Olive

The abundant red-orange fruits of autumn olive make it easy to spot this time of year.  A single shrub can produce over 50,000 seeds.

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White Pine Disease:  An Update
Once again this year, a lot of white pine needles are turning brown and dropping off in large numbers. The cause is ...

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Invasive Plants 101:  Shrubby honeysuckles
Shrubby honeysuckles are not only invasive, but large enough to take over a forest understory. Lonicera morrowii, L. tatarica, L. x bella)are deciduous shrubs of Northeastern woods, sometimes found around old cellar holes. 

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Foresters Offer Advice on Dealing with EAB
     As the emerald ash borer (EAB) approaches the state, the Maine Forest Service (MFS) is preparing for likely quarantines, while foresters are hearing from and advising their clients about what the future may hold.

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Invasives Have Come on a Mile a Minute
Recently, I returned to a northern Maine forest area I have visited regularly since 1979.  It was a watershed study harvested in 1981.  Over the years, I’ve marveled at the staying power of the common red raspberry.  But now, after more than 30 years, the raspberry brambles are being suppressed by a new arrival, a dense mat of wild buckwheat.

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Preventing Erosion and Invasive Species in Maine
Spring is here, and most people are excited to spend time outdoors again.  Whether you're a gardener or a hiker, you can  make a difference by noticing characteristics of the landscape around you while out in the great outdoors.

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Understanding the Current State of Maine’s Watershed

Water is a valuable resource we cannot live without.  In fact, just over 70% of the human body is made up of water. This makes clean water crucial all over the United States, but particularly in places like Maine where woodlands, rivers, ponds, and oceans make up a great deal of the overall topography.

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3 Ways to Tell if Your Trees Are Being Damaged by Invasive Species
Maine's beautiful forests are susceptible to a host of invasive species. From wood borers to defoliators to disease, these species can quickly damage and kill a large amount of forest.

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