squid_ink (squid_ink) wrote in iamthelorax,

attention treehuggers in the NE US

*I know this community has been on the quiet side but I figured I'd share this here ... :(

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) today announced that federal agricultural officials have confirmed the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in nearby Saugerties, New York (about 25 miles from the CT border). EAB is an extremely destructive plant pest and it is responsible for the death and decline of over 25 million ash trees in the United States in urban and forested settings since June 2002. EAB should not be confused with the Asian Longhorned beetle, recently discovered in the Boston and Worcester areas of Massachusetts.

Trees affected include:
White Ash
Black Ash
Green Ash

Previous infestations have occurred in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Canada.

Source : CT DEP

This is a HUGE problem for NE forests.. if you see what you think is an Emerald Ash Borer or Asian Longhorn, go to this new USDA site for contact information (and for factsheets on the insects)
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