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Emerald Ash Borer continues to spread

Sep 14, 2017 7:30 am

Brian Nearing writes in the Times Union the state Department of Conservation is reporting the Emerald Ash Borer continues to spread in New York, now appearing near the Canadian border. The destructive invasive beetle that destroys ash trees was found last month in special traps set by the DEC in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, Commissioner Basil Seggos said. The traps were located only a few miles from the Canadian border and "may represent an expansion of Canadian infestations into New York," according to the DEC. In May, the state imposed a quarantine zone on 43 of the state’s 62 counties, including the portion of the state south of the Adirondacks, Champlain Valley and Tug Hill Plateau, with the exception of New York City and Long Island. The Emerald Ash Borer is a shiny green beetle about the size of a penny. It poses a growing threat to the state's 900 million ash trees. Read the full story in the Times Union.

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