invasive species

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine conservation officials are asking residents in the state to take a few steps to cut down the spread of invasive species.

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., May 7 at 11:00 pm

Insect invaders from Asia are killing trees in New England. Worcester, MA could be any town in America — not too big, not too small — but it learned that, in today's world of nearly infinite international trade, an invasive pest can sneak in, become established, and wreak havoc, unless citizens are informed and vigilant.

To learn more about the Asian Longhorned Beetle visit this website.

FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) _ Scientists and state agriculture officials want Mainers to come learn about weeds and pests at a fair where the theme is all about invasive species.

State environmental officials are asking people boating in Maine waters to check their boats before and after they float.  

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says heavier boat traffic during the summer season increases the risk of spreading invasive plants and animals.

Department officials say boaters should check their vessels for invasive species after they leave one body of water and before launching into another.  DEP biologist John McFedron says, for many environmental issues, prevention is the best bet.