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Upstate New York’s Oswego County plotting course to combat invasive species

The Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District recently updated county legislators on a number of local efforts to battle invasive species, including the giant hogweed, glossy buckthorn and water chestnuts. At a meeting of the county Economic Development and Planning Committee Monday, Soil and Water District Manager Joe Chairvolotti gave an overview of the […]

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Hawaii’s call to arms on invasive species

Hawaii already suffers from more invasive species than any other state in the nation and remains constantly vulnerable to them due to its heavy reliance on imports. Over 80 percent of our goods and almost 90 percent of our food comes from the outside and provides avenues for their entry. Once invasive species reach the […]

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Grand Teton the Latest Western Park to Remind Visitors of Aquatic Invasive Species

Boaters and anglers who recreate on the waters of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are reminded to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. “We need everyone’s help to ensure aquatic invasive species do not enter our waters,” said Superintendent David Vela. “Aquatic invasive species can cause […]

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Outpouring of Support for Preserving Great Lakes

Several communities in the Muskegon area and around Michigan will participate in an event aimed to raise awareness for the preservation of the Great Lakes. More than 60 communities in six states, including Michigan, will link hands by the water and discuss ways to preserve the Great Lakes during the All Hands On Deck event […]

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Exotic Animals and Texas law

Few people realize the illegal sale of exotic animals is estimated to be a multibillion-dollar-a-year business. In fact, officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department told Channel 2 Investigates the black market for exotic animals is second only to the illegal drug trade. “The thing about crime or criminals, if they can make a buck, they’re going to,” […]

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Anglers have to adapt where invasive species appear

As I sit down to write this column on solid ground, I find my eyes and body are still swaying after eight hours of rocking and rolling on windswept Mille Lacs Lake. It is amazing how quickly a day can fly by when you are on the water catching fish! We have had an odd start […]

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Invasive Species – Fighting a foreign invader

Benjamin Franklin famously said that a “penny saved is a penny earned.” This centuries-old wisdom is relevant today in Idaho where Democrats and Republicans are working together to fight the single most potentially devastating foreign invader of our state: Zebra and Quagga Mussels. That may not be the answer you were expecting, but it’s true. […]

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Native Mussels take up new life in Illinois’ DuPage River

It wasn’t exactly majestic, like one of those times when an eagle has recovered from its injuries and is released back into the wild and soars away over the treetops. But while the release of hundreds of freshwater mussels into the West Branch of the DuPage River near Warrenville may have lacked drama, forest preserve […]

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Invasive species have a massive impact, but wise policy can keep them out

Invasive alien species harm ecosystems, economies and human health across the globe. In Africa, alien trees reduce water yield in regions that are severely water stressed. Fishes introduced for aquaculture reduce native biodiversity and alien whiteflies spread diseases in cassava that can lead to famine. Many of these species were introduced intentionally for use as […]

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They’re here: It’s invasive species awareness week in Alaska

In an attempt to educate the public on the effect non-native species can have on Alaska’s environment, Gov. Bill Walker declared June 18-24 Invasive Species Awareness Week. Though sometimes harmless, these non-native species can affect the balance of local plants and animals.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story. “Invasive species can […]

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