Lesser Celandine. Photo by Ansel Oommen, bugwood.org

Lesser Celandine. Photo by Ansel Oommen, bugwood.org

Updated: December 13, 2021
By Andrew Kling

In our Spring 2021 issue...

There's news about our new website, as part of the University of Maryland Extension's rebranding efforts. There's also information about the Spotted Lanternfly and about the rebounding forestry industry in Maryland. Our regular features include profiles of the striped skunk in the "Woodland Wildlife Spotlight" and lesser celandine in "Invasives in Your Woodland," as well as our events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge. Plus, tidbits you may have missed, in the News and Notes section.

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 Maryland's Forest Industry Improving!

Jonathan Kays, Forestry Specialist

The Maryland forest industry and many partners have come together over the last few years to develop an Economic Adjustment Strategy (EAS) for countering the economic impact of recent forest industry closures and for securing the future of Maryland’s forest industry.

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Forest Pests: Spotted Lanternfly

Nancy Stewart & Agnes Kedmenecz, Woodland Stewardship Education Program - Wye Research & Education Center

The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is a colorful non-native, invasive pest native to Asia that was first detected in the United States in 2014 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. In addition to Pennsylvania, it has been confirmed in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Virginia. In Maryland, Cecil and Harford Counties are under a quarantine. The first instar hatch was recorded in Cecil County in May 2020.

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Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Striped Skunk

Andrew A. Kling, Faculty Associate

The striped skunk is found throughout Maryland and is actually a very successful species, with a range that occupies a large portion of North America. They prefer habitat with a variety of woodlands and open fields, which means they can also be found in both rural and suburban settings. 

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Invasives in Your Woodland: Lesser Celandine

Andrew A. Kling, Faculty Associate

Lesser celandine can be an ecological threat. It was introduced to the United States as an ornamental plant in the late 1800s. Although its sale was banned in Maryland in 2017, it may still be available for sale in other states. 

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New Website for Woodland Stewardship Education Program

Andrew A. Kling, Faculty Associate

After several years of planning, designing, testing, and developing, the new Woodland Stewardship Education (WSE) website went live in early April 2021. The successful rebranding of the site is part of a larger part of University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) and University of Maryland Extension (UME) to create a more user-friendly interface.

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