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Wasps at Porch Lights

In recent weeks we’ve been getting a lot of messages regarding large wasps coming to porch lights. In all …

Union County Rankings Chart

Agri-Business in Union County

Agriculture is the single largest component of the economy in Union County. With ample farmland, a skilled workforce, and …

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Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are easy to confuse with bumblebees. Behavior and appearance are two characteristics that can be used to …

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Eastern Tent Caterpillars hatch about the same time as our native tree the Eastern Redbud starts to bloom. This …

Oak lecanium scales and eggs on willow oak. Photo: SD Frank

Lecanium Scales Full of Eggs

Oak lecanium scale and European fruit lecanium are nearly identical soft scales that infest oaks and many other tree …

Larvae of the larger elm leaf beetle. Photo: Gerald J. Lenhard, Louiana State Univ, Bugwood.org

Larger Elm Leaf Beetle

Elms have lots of pests. This week I have had several reports of larger elm leaf beetles, Monocesta coryli, …

Beech blight aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) on a beech twig. Photo:SD Frank

Beech Blight Aphids

You might notice twigs on beech trees covered in a woolly sleeve. Get closer and it will begin to …

Oak lace bug adults, nymphs, and eggs on the underside of an oak leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Oak Lace Bug Damage

Oak lace bugs (Corythucha arcuata), like other lace bugs, cause stippling on leaves. Oak lace bugs, of course, feed …

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Cankerworms

Cankerworms: Paleacrita vernata (spring); Alsophila pometaria (fall) Prepared by: Bill Smith, Union County Urban Forester/ Certified Arborist. 2013 Location of Infestation …

Recent Publications related to Forest Resources

A sample map of municipal and county planning jurisdictions

Zoning and Land Use Regulation of Forestry

This publication discusses how zoning and land use regulations impact the practice of forestry in …

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Terrestrial Flatworms, Land Planarians & Hammerhead Worms

This factsheet offers information on the identification and management of various flatworms that may be …

A map of wetland types in North Carolina in 2016

The Status and Trends of Wetland Loss and Legal Protection in North Carolina

This publication provides an overview of historical wetland trends in North Carolina and discusses how …

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Getting Data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Using R

This publication provides information and guidance on using computer code to access the National Agricultural …

6 days ago
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Firewood as a Vector in Invasive Pest Dispersal

This factsheet covers information related to firewood as a threat in moving invasive pests to …

6 days agoInvasive Forest Pests
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Common Disease Pests of Maple in North Carolina

This factsheet provides brief descriptions of common disease pests of maple (Acer spp.) in North …

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2020 Quick Guide to Forestry Herbicides Used for Softwood and Hardwood Site Preparation and Release

A quick guide providing commonly used herbicides used in forest site preparation and release treatments. …

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Managing Backyards and Other Urban Habitats for Birds

This publication describes how homeowners can create backyards and other urban habitats that attract a …

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