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Invasive insect found in Woodstock

Aug 10, 2012 12:31 pm
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="104"]From Wikipedia.[/caption]An Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation was found in the Catskill Forest Preserve at the Kenneth L. Wilson Campground near Woodstock, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced Fri., Aug. 10. "Because of the close proximity to known infested areas, campers should not bring untreated firewood to any of the Catskill campgrounds," said Commissioner Martens. "Untreated ash firewood that is brought into these campgrounds from as little as five miles away can greatly accelerate the spread of this insect and the death of the cherished ash trees that exist in the Catskill Preserve. Heat-treated firewood is the only firewood that is safe to transport because the heat eliminates any pests living inside the wood." EAB was first discovered in Ulster County near Kingston in 2010, and state and federal agencies initiated an EAB quarantine, which restricts the movement of ash products and firewood out of the quarantined area. Although this infestation exists within the quarantined county, this detection lies about four miles west of the previously defined area of infestation. The bug is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species, including green, white, black, and blue ash. Since it was first discovered in Michigan in 2002, EAB has been responsible for the destruction of 70 million trees in the United States. New York has more than 900 million ash trees, representing about seven percent of all trees in the state, and all are at risk from EAB.
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