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Destructive Bug Prompts Ash Wood Quarantine

The Emerald Ash Borer could affect the 20 million ash trees in Connecticut.

 

A quarantine is now in effect across New Haven County regulating the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs or any ash materials, thanks to the presence of a destructive beetle called the . Scientists warn some of the more than 20 million ash trees across Connecticut could be threatened by the beetle if the quarantine is not observed.

The quarantine was established yesterday by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP.) In July, CAES and DEEP discovered traces of the beetle in areas of Bethany, Prospect, Beacon Falls and in the Naugatuck State Forest on Hunters Mountain Road, near the Oxford line.  

Connecticut is the 16th state in the nation to face the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer, which targets and destroys ash trees. Because ash trees make up between four and 15 percent of Connecticut's forest area, and serve as both a source of revenue and a critical habitat for wildlife, the beetle's presence could have disastrous and far-reaching implications for the state.

“Anyone involved in the transport of firewood and other wood products should contact CAES for the information they need to conduct their business operations,” CAES Director Louis Magnarelli said in a statement.  “We can help determine which of their wood products can be moved within our state or into or out of Connecticut, and what type of documentation would be required to do so.”

Some firewood, including wood that had been certified to show it had not come from an infected area or had been properly treated to kill insects, could be exemple from the ban.

CAES officials expect a federal quarantine to follow for New Haven County in the next four to six weeks. More information about the quarantine is available at www.ct.gov/deep/eab or www.ct.gov/caes.

CMG August 10, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Unfortunately my mom found one in her garden and we live in Oxford, on the Southbury side...it was dead, but it still means they are around
Will Wilkin August 10, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Is this that new bug I've noticed around the last few days or weeks? Very bright and green, great to look at!
Paul Singley August 10, 2012 at 04:31 PM
That's very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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