More Trees Fall Victim to Emerald Ash Borer

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ALBANY, N.Y. - The DEC announced Friday more trees in the Randolph area of Cattaraugus County are infested with the tree-killing beetle.

Foresters have detected the insect on private woodlands south of Interstate 86 in an area where trees are already quarantined because of the disease.

The Emerald Ash Borer was first confirmed in New York State last year. It's a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species, including green, white, black and blue ash. So far, its spread to 13 states and two Canadian provinces and is responsible for the destruction of 70 million trees in the U.S. alone.

Ash trees in New York represent about 7% of all trees in the state and all are at risk.

"We are intensifying surveys in the immediate area of these new discoveries and deploying more detection traps as we try to further define the infestation and slow the spread of the insect," said DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis. "The DEC will continue to investigate for any additional signs of the beetle in the quarantine area and statewide and to work cooperatively with our partner agencies."

The primary way the Emerald Ash Borer spreads is when firewood and wood products are moved from one place to another.

To keep the insect from spreading to other areas of the state, here's what you can do:

-Leave all firewood at home-do not bring it to campgrounds of parks.

-Buy firewood at the campground or from a local vendor-ask for a receipt or label that has the firewood's local source.

If you want to transport firewood within New York State:

-It must have a receipt or label that has the firewood's source and it must remain within 50 miles of that source.

-Only firewood labeled as meeting New York's heat treatment standards to kill pests may be transported into the state and further than 50 miles from the firewood's source.

-Watch for signs of infestation in ash trees. If you suspect an ash tree could be infested, report suspected damage to the state by calling 1-866-640-0652 for appropriate action as time and resources allow.

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