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August 18, 2009

APA warned to be pro-active on insects


While Asian beetle travels very slowly, the emerald borer travels five miles a year, left to its own devices. It kills ash trees in two to five years.

Both bugs can travel in cut firewood.


There is no trap for Asian beetles, which can be readily seen using binoculars.

But purple prism traps hanging in trees throughout the North Country are set to catch and monitor movement of emerald ash borers, which have been found as close as Randolph, N.Y., forcing quarantine of Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

A quarantine severely restricts timber hauling and changes the rules for loggers.

“Cutting trees, you have to be very careful and listen to the experts,” Phillips said. “(Loggers) can get permits to move ash trees out, but they are required to take off the bark and (trim) a quarter-inch of the wood.”

To halt further invasion, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has forbidden transport of firewood more than 50 miles from where it was cut.

And forest rangers are questioning campers about their wood supplies.


“We seem to be just tracking it instead of stopping it,” said APA Chairman Curt Stiles. “How do we prioritize?”

Doering offered a contain-loss scenario, saying there’s probably no solution.

“Like (Eurasian) milfoil, you can’t solve the problem, but you can make it better.”

The APA will host a panel discussion about invasive species next month.

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