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infestation of Japanese Stiltgrass
Read article: Be on the lookout for invasive grasses
Be on the lookout for invasive grasses
One of the reasons plant identification is so important is to help us tell the difference between plants that contribute to a healthy ecosystem and...
close up of the flowers of Gama Grass in bloom
Read article: Taking a closer look at grass pollination
Taking a closer look at grass pollination
It’s difficult not to notice grasses at this time of year – all of the large warm-season grasses seem to be in bloom. Have you taken a closer look at...
jumping worm stretched out on a tabletop
Read article: Jumping Worms: Spread the word, not the worms
Jumping Worms: Spread the word, not the worms
While they may sound like something out of a fever dream, jumping worms are not only real, but a...
Bindweed on top of straw in a garden
Read article: Managing Bindweed a difficult task
Managing Bindweed a difficult task
Occasionally, a weed pops up that commands attention due to its aggressive habit.  Action must be taken quickly to avoid its establishment in the...

News Releases

Fall Invasive and Nuisance Plants in the Landscape
Join University of Illinois Extension Natural Resource, Environment and Energy Educator Jay Solomon for a Fall Invasive and Nuisance Plants program. Jay will delve into what makes some plants invasive or a nuisance and why fall is the best time to manage them.  The program will be held from 6:30...
amur honeysuckle
Invasive and Nuisance Plants Workshop Offered in Freeport
FREEPORT, Ill-----Fall can be a suitable time to address some landscape plant issues. Woody plants and other perennials can best be managed during the fall. If you have noticed some plant types are taking over your landscape, this is the time to exercise some control for a better next year,...
close up of hand holding several small flat larvae of an emerald ash borer
Land-grant universities key in managing devastating Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that threatens to destroy North American ash trees following its accidental introduction from Asia in the 1990s. Since then, efforts have been underway to identify the most effective means of protecting ash trees from attack.   In recent...


History of Forest Pest Outbreaks in North America

North America has a history of exotic pests that extirpate individual tree species, with Emerald Ash Borer serving as our modern example. In our current, ever-globalizing society there is significant risk for future outbreaks that may impact all of our trees from the urban forest to our...