|Marianne Prue, Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry, Bugwood.org|
|Map showing EAB has been found in Cattaraugus, Steuben, Livingston, Monroe, Genesee, Ulster and Greene Counties.|
The press release goes on to say:
"Since its discovery in southeastern Michigan in 2002, the EAB is responsible for the death and decline of tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S. Today the beetle has been detected in 14 states and two neighboring Canadian provinces. The primary way this insect spreads is when firewood and wood products are moved from one place to another. Many of New York State's forests and parklands are high-risk areas due to firewood movement."
This is a very pressing matter and an issue more of the public needs to take note of, even here in southern NY. The majority of the Hudson Valley is forested, and the spread of this little insect puts many of our natural resources and wild places at risk of severe degradation. The Saugerties location is a mere 80 miles from Westmoreland's location near Mt.Kisco, NY.
To read the entire press release, for more information about the EAB invasion, and to learn how you can help in the detection and prevention of this harmful forest pest, please click on any of the above links.
-Adam Zorn, Naturalist