Public meeting highlights emerald ash borer response

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 15, 2014

adult emerald ash borer

Public meeting highlights emerald ash borer response

Emerald ash borer

Emerald ash borer (photo by Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service)

Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), in cooperation with the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the USDA Forest Service, will hold a public meeting at the Arnold Arboretum on September 23 at 6:30pm to address the implications surrounding the recent discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Suffolk County. The program is open to all and will be held in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall at 125 Arborway, Boston.

Central to this meeting is the issue of establishing a quarantine that would restrict the movement of certain wood products under certain conditions. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session. General feedback will be elicited to help guide the state’s actions as it moves forward with responding to the discovery of this destructive pest in Boston.

Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is a small, metallic-green beetle that is native to Asia and eastern Russia, and is highly destructive to ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) in its introduced range. It was first discovered in North America in the Detroit area in 2002, and over the past decade it has decimated ash populations across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. The beetle was detected in western Massachusetts in 2012, and was subsequently found in Essex County in 2013. Ash trees represent a significant part of the hardwood forest in New England and are particularly common in western Massachusetts.

If you have questions about the public meeting, please call 617.626.4974 or email.

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