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Emerald ash borer found in Broome, Westchester

Nov 04, 2014 7:43 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="251"] The emerald ash borer
(Courtesy dec.ny.gov)[/caption]

The emerald ash borer has been found in Westchester and Broome counties by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Cornell University and the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, according to a statement released by DEC Commission Joe Martens, Mon., Nov. 3. The beetle was found in DEC traps just north of the city of Peekskill and southeast of the city of Binghamton. The Peekskill find was just outside the current state and federal emerald ash borer quarantine line. New York now has 24 counties where the invasive species has been confirmed; however, most of the infested areas are small and localized. According to the DEC, New York has more than 900 million ash trees, representing approximately seven percent of all trees in the state. All are at risk from the beetle. Urban and suburban communities face particular risks, as ash is a common street and park tree. The green ash, in particular, has been widely planted as an ornamental tree in yards. The emerald ash borer is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash trees. Damage from beetle is caused by larvae, which feed just below the tree's bark. Further information is available at the DEC website, DEC [dot] NY [dot] gov.
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