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Emerald Ash Borer is back

September 12, 2010
Observer Today

The Emerald Ash Borer is back in the news. This invasive species made the news last year and was responsible for the purple plastic box traps adorning trees along the roadside in numerous counties. EAB, as its name implies, is destructive to ash trees and thus far the Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Agriculture Commission hopes to at least slow the spread of this destructive insect by placing a quarantine on the movement of ash wood, ash by products, and firewood in general. NYS Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker and DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis have recently added 16 counties to the existing state quarantine list, including Chautauqua. Both commissioners are not surprised by the spread of this insect, but hope the quarantine will at least attempt to slow down the human spread of this invasion. "The movement of untreated firewood and other wood product is a direct pathway by which EAB and other invasive species are able to infect new regions," stated Grannis.



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