Slowing the spread of Emerald Ash Borer

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Vermont was the 33rd state in the country to report Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect from Asia. It was first discovered in the Green Mountain State in February 2018. 

Fast forward 15-months, 8 out of Vermont’s 14 counties have reported EAB infestation.

Starting June 1st, Danielle Fitzko, the Director of Forest for Vermont says, the EAB will begin emerging from infected trees.

Fitzko and other officials are asking for the publics help, “Slow-The-Spread”.

“What that means, if you are coming from an infested area you should not be moving ash material outside of that infested area,” said Fitzko.

Vermont has three ‘hot spots’ of EAB activity, southern Vermont, in and around Montpelier, and the Champlain Valley.

Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts says Vermonters can help slow the spread.

“Especially with the transporting of wood. Taking it from campsite to campsite,” said Tebbetts. “That is how the pest transported. It’s important that folks don’t do that.”

Both say, if you come across signs of EAB you should report it, you can do so here.

The EAB lays it’s eggs underneath the bark of ash trees. When the larvae hatch, they eat at the tree which cuts off the trees vascular system. Killing the tree.

Don’t know if you have EAB on your property? Contact your local forester.

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