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Daily Freeman: Woodstock on alert over invasive beetle

Aug 19, 2010 10:46 pm
William J. Kemble in The Daily Freeman says the emerald ash borer beetle that kills ash trees is in Woodstock:
"The Comeau Trails Tasks Force (members) were out and they reported to our office that they found what might have been an emerald ash borer on the Comeau property in an ash tree," he said. Alan White, executive director of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, said the beetle, native to China, has no known natural enemies in the United States. "It was first detected in 2002 in Michigan," he said. "There were millions of dollars invested in trying to control it in Michigan and, then, in Ohio and various other states in the Midwest and, frankly, there wasn’t a lot of success." White said a finding of the beetle on private property along state Route 212 in Saugerties led to a wider search that found the insect in other areas. "That inventory and survey process indicates that there are active populations of emerald ash borer...in the southern tip of Greene County and, then, it basically travels down the Hudson River just north of Kingston," he said. "A number of those detections that they made were far enough west that it appears to me to be a fair assumption that the town of Woodstock needs to start thinking about what that means." Read the entire story in The Daily Freeman.