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An invasive insect that threatens native trees has been found in Saratoga County.

A just-released scientific study says imported forest pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer are causing more than $2 billion in damages each year in the United States.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is sounding the alarm: federal funding that is supposed to be used to stop the spread of invasive species and pests like the emerald ash borer often has to be redirected to pay for fighting wildfire emergencies due to budget restraints.


The battle against the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest that has decimated thousands of tree across America, has moved to the city of Albany, where officials are scrambling to mount a counteroffensive.

EAB 'Cannot Be Stopped'

Jun 7, 2015
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  The battle against an invasive pest has been lost in New York's Catskills.

  Connecticut environmental officials are asking campers from neighboring states not to bring in their own firewood into campsites.  

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A Pittsfield group is holding a meeting in the city this afternoon to alert residents of an invasive and destructive beetle.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has begun removing trees around a reservoir in Ulster County to limit the impact of an invasive beetle.

The New York City DEP Friday announced it has started the removal of some 2,000 ash trees to limit the impact of the emerald ash borer.


Environmental groups are weighing in on proposed regulations by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to halt the spread of invasive species. 

The New York State Department of Conservation is currently accepting comments on proposed regulations that identify specific invasive species of plants, algae, animals, insects, and fungi and supply language on how those species should be handled to halt or limit their spread, which cause harm to native species in New York and beyond.


The Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation is reminding people the best way to prevent the spread of an invasive insect that kills ash trees is to burn only local firewood.

An invasive beetle that has beleaguered 18 other states including Massachusetts and Connecticut may have made its way to New Hampshire.

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Due to the discovery of the invasive emerald ash borer in Dalton last summer, Berkshire County is now under strict orders to contain the movement of ash lumber and all hardwood firewood from outside of its borders.

Dicken Crane sells ash lumber from his Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton. He said that if the quarantine zone were not confined to Berkshire County only, he’d have an easier time getting his lumber or firewood processed, which often must be done in other parts of the state.

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The Masscahusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation announced today a bold step in preventing the spread of an invasive insect.  Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

At the DCR’s headquarters in Pittsfield Thursday morning, Commissioner Ed Lambert made an announcement on action that will be taken to control the serious threat of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer….

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At a public meeting in Pittsfield, a panel of state and federal officials heard comments from landowners and stakeholders in the forest products industry about how Massachusetts should protect itself from further infestation of an invasive forest pest. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

In the basement auditorium of Pittsfield’s public library, state and federal officials discussed the recent discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer in the Berkshire town of Dalton, ways to prevent the spread of the insect, and answered questions from a packed house of attendees.

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In the Berkshire County town of Dalton, state officials announced the first confirmed detection of an invasive insect in Massachusetts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports...

Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the state Department of Agricultural Resources announced in Dalton that the Emerald ash borer has been detected in the Commonwealth. DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert…