News, February 26: NY helps MD fight EAB

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Monday that they were responding to Maryland's call for help from neighboring states to deal with Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis in that state. Although the the presence of EAB in Maryland was confirmed only in August of last year, it's believed to have been introduced by an illegal shipment of infested ash trees from Michigan, a quarantine state for EAB, as far back as 2003.

New York is already dealing with Asian Long-Horned Beetle (ALB), Anoplophora glabripennis. New York is sending 11 New York horticulture inspectors and 17 foresters.
... In December 2006, the Maryland Department of Agriculture asked neighboring states for assistance in conducting an inventory of ash trees, identifying infested trees and assisting with the removal of infested trees. A contingent of 11 New York horticulture inspectors and 17 New York foresters will be working with their counterparts in Maryland to quickly isolate and remove infested trees.
New York’s participation will provide Maryland with experienced plant pest regulatory officials knowledgeable in tree identification, the target pest and landowner interactions. In return, New York inspectors and foresters will have the opportunity to observe an actual EAB infestation and gain valuable knowledge and experience that will enhance the surveillance and early detection of this pest in New York State.

- Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Maryland; New York State Helps in Eradication

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1 comment:

burning silo said...

It's both sad and infuriating when something like the EAB is given a helping hand to move from one part of the country to another. For quite some time, I don't even bring home something as seemingly innocent as a pine cone as I have no idea what kind of eggs could be riding along inside.