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Emerald ash borer that killed 50 million trees confirmed in Oneida County

Staff Writer |
Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed for the first time in Oneida County by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Commissioner Basil Seggos said.

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DEC staff discovered the presence of EAB in Rome, NY as a result of the regular monitoring efforts to detect the beetle. "With this confirmation in Oneida County, the number of New York counties with EAB has climbed to 35," said Commissioner Seggos.

"Although the invasive beetle has continued its march through the state, a large number of communities still remain uninfested. DEC continues to survey for EAB within the state to notify municipalities and private landowners of new detections or expansions of existing infestations."

New York has more than 900 million ash trees, representing about seven percent of all trees in the state; all are at risk from EAB. Urban and suburban communities face particular risks, as ash is a common street and park tree.

Green ash, in particular, has been widely planted as an ornamental tree in yards.

Forest landowners can request a DEC Forester visit their woodlot and develop a free Forest Stewardship Plan. This plan would address the landowner's objectives and discuss how the arrival (or proximity) of EAB could impact the owner's forest resources.

Human assisted movement is the primary means by which EAB is spread and moved around the state, particularly on firewood and infested ash logs. DEC regulations prohibit the movement of firewood beyond 50 miles from its source.

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