The EAB Invasion

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been found in a DEC-deployed trap two miles from thePennsylvaniaborder A single adult EAB was found in one of the thousands of purple detection traps that are placed around the state this summer.

Mark Whitmore, Forest Entomologist atCornellUniversitysaid, “Now is the time to plan and prepare for the economic impacts that homeowners, forest owners and communities will undoubtedly feel. Everyone should know if they have ash trees, what they plan to do once EAB arrives. This is especially true for municipal officials, where dead and dying ash trees on public property will expose local governments to significant damage, cost and liability. Protective chemical treatment is possible for individual trees, however it is currently recommended to only treat trees that are within 10 miles of a known infestation. Check the DEC website for maps of the infested areas.”

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine said, “At this time, we are working with DEC to consider a quarantine configuration that makes the most sense given the continued spread of EAB inNew York.”

In 2008,New Yorkadopted regulations that ban untreated firewood from entering the state and restrict intrastate movement of untreated firewood to no more than a 50-mile radius from its source. This was implemented as a precaution against the introduction and spread of EAB and other invasive species because of the documented risk of transmission by moving firewood. After more than three years of outreach and education efforts about the risks of moving firewood and the state’s regulation, DEC is increasing its enforcement efforts to prevent the movement of untreated firewood into and aroundNew York. Because of the detection of EAB inTiogaCounty, DEC is asking for the public’s help in limiting spread of EAB by not moving ash logs, or firewood north or east out ofTiogaCounty, to other counties not under EAB quarantine.

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