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The Environment Is Collateral Damage In Global Economics


Last updated 7/30/2018 at 3:28pm

The spotted lantern fly causes damage to crops such as peaches, grapes, apples and pine. It reproduces on the tree of heaven, another invasive species – which is already well established across the U.S.

This has been a year of bad news when it comes to invasive species, and, unfortunately, that seems familiar now. After losing most of our hemlocks to hemlock woolly adelgid in the past decade and watching as emerald ash borer eradicates our ash trees – while knowing more new threats are on the way – it is easy to get pessimistic about the future or our forests. In 2018, we have learned that several new pests are knocking at our door, and they have impacts far beyond our forests.

The first of these is the spotted lantern fly (Lycorma delicatula). A native of East Asia, the spotted lan...

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