Gillibrand Combating the Emerald Ash Borer

An Invasive little Beetle Could Destroy 7 Percent of NYS Forests – Which is why you’re seeing more and more purple traps show up in trees locally..

You may have noticed an increase in the number of purple insect traps on the trees locally.. That’s because the invasive beetle called the Emerald Ash Borer continues to make it’s way closer and closer to our region.. Those traps provide a measure of how far into the region they’ve actually been able to invade..  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for additional funding to help research, control and eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer. The insect is threatening the 900 million ash trees in New York and throughout the country and right now, there are no known methods of controlling the beetle…  Gillibrand is a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee.. She says “New YorkState is home to some of the world’s most beautiful forests that today are at a major risk, and Unless we take action, this harmful insect will continue to spread and eat away at trees and forests. We need to make the right investment and bring this harmful insect to a halt before it’s too late.”

The infestation of the Emerald Ash Boer, which is native to China, was first reported in New YorkState in 2009 when it was found in RandolphCounty..  It has since been found in 14 other counties..  The state’s forest industry employs more than 60,000 workers and generates approximately $4.6 billion to the state’s economy, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The insect is suspected of first entering the U.S. near Detroit, Michigan, in 2002, where it led to the killing of millions of ash trees in the Midwest, then making its way to 19 states. The beetle has the potential to destroy upwards of 7 percent of the state’s forests and 7.5 percent of trees across the United States. Gillibrand is asking for funding to be made available to assist the research, control and eradication of the insects in New York.

Emerald Ash Borer