A Red Fox in Baltimore City, Maryland, 2015. Photo by Thomas Andres, Maryland Biodiversity Project

A Red Fox in Baltimore City, Maryland, 2015. Photo by Thomas Andres, Maryland Biodiversity Project

Updated: January 24, 2023
By Andrew Kling , Jonathan S. Kays , and Nancy Stewart

In our Winter 2021 issue...

Registration for the spring session of "The Woods in Your Backyard" online course is now open. The deadline to submit comments about managing selected Maryland state forests is March 5. Our regular features include profiles of the red fox in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight, and Tree-of-heaven in Invasives in Your Woodland, as well as our events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge. Learn about a new app that can help you understand the health of your woodlands, and about a first for Tree Farm Inspectors in Maryland.

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There's an App for That!

Jonathan Kays, Forestry Specialist

The use of new mobile apps make exploring your woods fun and educational. HealthyWoods, a collaborative effort between forest specialists from Kentucky and other hardwood-producing states in the Appalachian region, including Maryland, provides woodland owners with a convenient tool to scout the health of their woods.

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Registration is Now Open for “The Woods in Your Backyard” Online Course Spring Session

Registration is now open for the Spring 2021 session of “The Woods in Your Backyard” online course. Our course is designed primarily for small-acreage property owners who want to learn how to care for or expand existing woodlands, or to convert lawn space to woodlands. 

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Forest Pests: Asian Longhorned Beetle

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

The Asian Longhorned beetle (ALB), native to eastern China and Korea, is a wood-boring pest which feeds on a number of hardwood trees, eventually killing them, impacting both urban trees and forested sites. Wildlife habitat will be impacted due to loss of forest shelter and food sources. Industries such as such as lumber, maple syrup, nursery, commercial fruit, and tourism will feel an economic impact.

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Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Red Fox

Andrew A. Kling, Faculty Associate

The red fox is the largest of the fox family, found throughout this continent, from the Arctic Circle to Central America, as well as in Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. DNA tests have shown that the red fox is indeed native to North America and that the populations in the mid-Atlantic and southern states are the result of range expansion from the northeast and Canada.

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Invasives in Your Woodland: Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus)

Andrew A. Kling, Faculty Associate

Tree-of-heaven has been receiving a significant amount of attention lately, and not just because it is a fast-spreading invader of woodlands throughout the mid-Atlantic states and beyond. the recent discovery of a new invasive insect in Pennsylvania, and its subsequent spread into adjoining areas, has lent new voice to advocates for the plant’s removal. Spotted Lanternfly, a recent arrival from Asia prefers tree-of-heaven as its host. This has led to an increased movement to remove tree-of-heaven from the landscape.

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