Vermont launches interactive invasive pest map

A NEW INTERACTIVE map shows Vermonters where invasive pests are hitting the Green Mountain State hardest.

A new interactive map shows Vermonters where invasive pests are hitting the Green Mountain State hardest.

The Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation’s Forest Health Program has unveiled a new tool to empower residents in the fight against invasive forest pests. The newly launched Vermont Forest Invasive Pest Status Map offers an interactive platform to track the spread across the state of invasive species such as beech leaf disease, elm zigzag sawfly, elongate hemlock scale, emerald ash borer, and hemlock woolly adelgid. 

The map provides users with a comprehensive overview of town infestations and detection years for each invasive pest. One of the key features of the map is its user-friendly interface. Users can select a pest to learn where it has been identified, basic information about it, and how to report sightings. 

In Addison County, the map currently shows infestations only in Bristol and Middlebury, which are both identified as having emerald ash borer infestations.

This map allows Vermonters to access up-to-date information to aid in monitoring and mitigation efforts. With increased awareness and timely reporting, Vermonters can play a vital role in protecting the state’s forest health and ecological integrity.

View the map here.

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