VT – Officials Concerned About Emerald Ash Borer

By Ross Sneyd

Vermont Public Radio

Earlier this week officials in New Hampshire said they had found an infestation of emerald ash borer in the Concord area.

Now Vermont officials are reminding the public that the best way to prevent the spread of the insect is to burn local firewood.

The emerald ash borer is an invasive pest from China first detected in this country in 2002. Since then it has been discovered in 19 states, including New York and Massachusetts and the province of Quebec.

Infested areas are subject to state and federal quarantines. The quarantine also regulates movement of ash nursery stock and other ash wood products that could spread the ash borer.

In Vermont, an extensive monitoring system of purple sticky traps has been put in place, along with a rapid response plan to deal with an infestation if it is found. KEEP READING >>