Monthly Archives: October 2013

A burning problem: burning bush

bbush1Burning bush, Euonymus alatus is a deciduous shrub that grows to 6-20 feet tall and wide.  Despite its invasive nature, it is widely available in the nursery industry and wildly popular with homeowners.  Burning bush is fast growing and easy to spread.   Burning bush can be an attractive hedge or foundation shrub in the yard, but it will also invade a variety of natural sites including high quality woodlands, wetlands and even prairies.  Once established, it forms dense thickets that displace native species and hinder natural succession.  Burning bush is native to Asia and was first introduced into the US in the 1860’s for its red fall color.  It continues to be sold and planted as an ornamental, even though it is considered one of the top invasive exotic species in the Midwest to avoid by most experts.

It has been widely planted as an ornamental for its spectacular red autumn foliage, fruits and for its tolerance to salt.  It spreads from seed, is dispersed by birds and colonizes by root suckers.  It thrives in the shade where it displaces spring wildflowers and other natives.  It is a very adaptable plant and can thrive in a variety of sites, wreaking havoc on a variety of native ecosystems.

Seedlings and young plants can be hand-pulled when the soil is moist to insure removal of the roots system.  The shallow and fibrous root systems can be removed with a spading fork and pulled with a weed wrench.  On larger plants cutting alone results in thicker, more dense re-growth.  Cutting should only be followed by painting the stump with a herbicide.

It can be effectively controlled using any of several readily available herbicides such as glyphosate (RoundUp),  tryclopyr or imazapyr.  Foliar application has proven effective in controlling these species, but requires more herbicide and can have greater impacts to non-target species.    By cutting the shrubs and painting just the stumps, burning bush and many other invasive exotics can be controlled using less chemicals.  Always read and follow the product label and understand Federal and State requirements.

While burning bush is an attractive plant, there are many more, more attractive native shrubs.  When considering planting, select native plants.  Native plants are adapted to local conditions and will usually do better over time than non-native species.  They also provide additional ecological benefits in addition to adding color and character to the yard.  There are several native plants available in nurseries with vibrant red fall color.  These include Virginia sweetspire, some viburnums, some serviceberries, black gum, Virginia creeper, hazelnut and currants.

Article by Ann Bonner


Identification and Management of Invasive Knotweeds

Techline  Invasive Plant News 09.07.2013 – Learn distinctive identification features for four invasive knotweeds and treatment recommendations based on current research.

swallow-wort – first release of a biological agent

Sep. 27, 2013 — University of Rhode Island entomologists reached a milestone in their efforts to control the invasive weed swallow-wort this month with the first release of a biological agent to fight the pest.

Jackson: Tree of Heaven not heavenly

Article from Jackson, Ohio about Tree of Heaven from the Telegram

Free webinar on the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
The New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team is a statewide non-profit with a mission “to prevent the spread of emerging invasive species across the state of New Jersey”.  Started in 2008 as the Central Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team, the project expanded statewide in 2011 and consists of over 100 public and private partners.  Our goals are to serve as the data clearinghouse for all emerging invasive species in NJ, educate citizens to encourage voluntary restrictions on the purchase of invasive plants, and assist land managers in using “Early Detection & Rapid Response” to combat invasive species before they can cause significant ecological damage.  Our speaker will be Melissa Almendinger.  Melissa is the Education Director for the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team.  She is also an original co-chair and the founding Executive Director (2010-2013).  Melissa holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University and is a New Jersey Certified K-12 science teacher.  She also serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council.  Previous to the Strike Team, she worked for the Upper Raritan Watershed Association for over 6 years as both a Stewardship Director and Education/Outreach Director.


Title: Cooperative Invasive Species Management in NJ
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: Preparing Woodland Owners for Impacts to the Hocking Hills Region on October 26th


IMG_4727Eastern hemlocks play a key role in the ecology and economy of the Hocking Hills. These trees, however, are currently threatened by the recent discovery of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Ohio and the Hocking Hills

Join us for a program designed to introduce home owners and woodland owners to the potential threats, impacts, and management issues presented by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in the Hocking Hills Region.  You will also learn about the newly formed Hocking Hills Conservation Association and their efforts to combat this pest, and the efforts of the ODNR Division of Forestry to provide services to Small Woodlot owners in the Hocking Hills

Saturday, October 26th, 2013
1:00 to 3:00 pm

Camp Oty’Okwa
24799 Purcell Rd.
South Bloomingville, OH

For more information contact:

Rebecca Miller, Hocking SWCD  740-385-3016 or

Dave Apsley, OSU Extension (740)710-3009 or

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Forestry Field Day in Morgan County – October 18



  • Demonstrations by Stine Horse Logging (AM)/Portable Sawmill (PM). Conditions permitting
  •  Discussions and demonstrations focusing on identifying and treating invasive plants
  • Woodland management walk
  • Presentation on White-Nose Syndrome in bats
  • Displays and presentations on invasive insects and diseases threatening Ohio’s forests: HWA, TCD, ALB and EAB
  • Discussion on early detection of and rapid response to invasivesResources available for woodland owners
  • Lunch will be provided by AEP;  Please RSVP


AEP Recreation Lands

Hook Lake- Campground A
9160 N. St. Rt. 83
McConnelsville, Ohio 43756

 Directions from McConnelsville:

  •     Take OH 78 North approximately
  •     8.9 miles, turn left onto OH 83.
  •     Follow OH 83 approx. 2.4 miles.
  •     Hook Lake is on the Right.

For more information and to RSVP Contact:

OSU Extension—Morgan County

Call:       740-962-4854


Please RSVP by October 16th  to help us with lunch planning


Forestry Field Day Hook Lake Oct 18

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Enhancing Food Production for Woodland Wildlife on October 11th


persimmon9Southeastern Ohio is blessed with an abundance of wildlife species from wild turkey and white-tailed deer to bobcats and Cerulean warblers. Many of Ohio’s woodland owners list wildlife as a key reason for owning their properties. “Enhancing Food Production for Woodland Wildlife”, an educational program designed to provide woodland owners with the knowledge to improve wildlife habitat on their property, will be offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, October 11 from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Participants in this program will:

• Learn about the wide variety of food for wildlife that is produced by native trees and shrubs
• Understand the nutritional needs of some common woodland wildlife species
• Visit field sites which demonstrate practices that enhance wildlife food production
• Discuss and practice techniques that can enhance the production of food for wildlife
• Spend “A Day in the Woods” with foresters and Ohio’s…

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