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Clean Angling News
September 2013
The Forest Pest Problem

       Forest pest insects are a real concern for anyone who prizes our forests and urban trees. These pests can cause amazing damage and some introduced pests represent a serious threat to our forest resources.

 Emerald Ash Borer     The forest pest invader that is causing the most damage is the Emerald Ash Borer. This tiny beetle was first discovered in the US in Michigan in 2002. Since that time it has spread across Eastern USA. Emerald ash borers (EAB) have killed tens of millions of trees and are continuing to devastate new forest lands.  They have killed entire forests and are having dramatic impacts on forest and stream ecology.

       There have been major efforts to try and slow the spread of EAB and there has been some hope that they could be confined to Eastern states. Unfortunately, this hope was shattered in the past few days as EAB have been confirmed in Colorado.

       EAB and other forest pests are easily moved in wood and wood products. The larval insects can travel vast distances in wood and later emerge when conditions are right. Unfortunately, the movement of firewood is the most common way that these pests are mover to new locations. There is a national effort to reduce the movement of firewood but it is up to each of us to insure that we are never moving wood anywhere.

Extraterrestrial Invaders?
     
 
We all know that most invasive species are accidentally moved as we travel and transport. As humankind looks towards outer space for exploration, do we need to be concerned about the possibility that we may spread unwanted species from earth to other planets? Do we need to be concerned that an exploration of another planet, steroid or moon will result in new invaders being brought to earth?
        While we don't know the answers to these questions, there are people who are asking  "will space travel spread invasives?"

Previously Posted On Facebook   
     We review news stories on a daily basis and post stories of interest on Facebook as we find them. However, we know that many of you are not using Facebook so here are the links we posted during March on our Facebook pages.

     Our  Clean Angling Facebook page is where we post links that deal with fish, fishing, cleaning, boat inspections, and other issues of interest to anglers. 

Have you fished recently in Ireland? If so, please help by taking a short invasive species survey

Montana officials are seeking information about who was responsible for introducing non-native smallmouth bass into Seely Lake 

Stone Soup, a syndicated cartoon, has been running an ongoing series of comics related to invasive species. It begins on September 4th - follow it forward from there

Although researchers are changing their views on the role of felt soles in spreading didymo, they still believe that banning felt is a prudent step

To restore native trout, Yellowstone Park is poisoning Grayling Creek to remove all fish before the natives are reintroduced

No Dynamite Allowed! Idaho is encouraging the public to harvest as many fish as possible from Soldier's Meadow Reservoir. There is no limit and almost any method is allowed

On our Invasive Species Action Network Facebook page we post all types of invasive species news including stories about all types of invaders, policy issues and other items of interest.

Invasive species are a global problem. Read about their impact in Great Britain

Unless they have had to deal with it, few people understand that bamboo is a serious invader. Increasingly, communities are taking steps to ban bamboo cultivation

Catching pythons in the Everglades is a very difficult task. Researchers are hoping that a newly designed python trap may be an effective new tool

Asian carp threaten a lot of waters and now we receive the bad news that they appear to be physiologically adapting to better survive in their new environments

Just in time for the fall hunting season and Halloween, the Missouri Dept. of Conservation is warning about a new invader - Zombies!

Minnesota is know as "The Land of 10,000 Lakes" and some of these are invaded while others are not. This has led to friction between state programs and local needs

In the Florida Keys, the US Navy has become an important partner in the effort to control invasive mosquitoes

We recently posted about Florida's use of dogs to sniff out invasive snails. Read about how dogs may prove to be an important tool in the search for other invaders.

One way invasives can harm native species is through hybridization. In California, recovering an endangered salamander is very difficult because of hybridization

A group of independent economists has concluded that efforts to stop mussels from entering the Columbia River basin is money well spent!

One of the biggest problems with aquatic invaders is that it is often impossible to remove them once they are established. Read about a partial success in Wisconsin 

The use of dogs to sniff out invasives had proven to be very effective. Now, dogs in Florida are being trained to find the invasive Giant African Land Snails

September 2013


   Sorry to be a day late in getting out the September newsletter. For those of you who thought this might be a casualty of the government shutdown, it's not. We receive no federal funding at all for the newsletter (in fact, there is no funding from anyone to support the newsletter - we do it just as a service).

   Even though the shutdown has no impact on the Clean Angling News, there is no doubt that a shutdown for any extended time will hurt our invasive species efforts. The National Invasive Species Council, Invasive Species Advisory Committee and the ANS Task Force (along with all of the associated Panels) are all shut down as are almost all agencies with invasive species authorities.

    The federal government not adequately finding invasive species programs is one thing, but completely shutting down the government is an entirely different matter. Let's all hope that the shut down is brief!

   In the past month I've received a number of inquiries about felt bans and restrictions. Our Status of US Felt Restrictions page is where we track every felt ban or proposal that we know of. We work to keep the page current and will add any new information as soon as we get it. Right now, South Dakota is the only state I know of that is actively pursuing a ban. However, I have recently been told that at least one additional state is considering pushing for restrictions. I'll keep you posted on any changes.

   I hope you will get in touch with me if you have questions or invasive species stories to share.

Bob Wiltshire
Executive Director ISAN

  Please send comments, questions and complaints to newsletter@stopans.org.

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