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Emerald Ash Borer Continues its Spread

With the recent detection of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis, “EAB”) in three new municipalities (Boxford, Newton and Wilbraham), the total number of Massachusetts counties impacted by this pest has now risen to six (see Table 1). Emerald ash borer, an invasive wood-boring pest that threatens our forests and urban landscapes, was first discovered in […]

Arbor Day Ash Tree Tagging

With Arbor Day only a month away, it’s time to think about planning how we can celebrate trees and their ability to provide our neighborhoods with clean air, shaded streets, and aesthetic value. This year, why not consider joining our Arbor Day ash tree tagging project! Spearheaded by the Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), […]

2015 Wasp Watchers Round-up!

The results are in… Massachusetts Wasp Watchers had a record season in 2015! The smoky-winged beetle bandit (Cerceris fumipennis) is a native, non-stinging wasp species that feeds its young by catching Buprestid beetles, including the most infamous: emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis). Cerceris wasps are an important early detection tool that can assist in slowing the spread of emerald […]

Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness Forum

In early January, the Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) partnered with the Massachusetts Forest Pest Task Force to hold an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Preparedness Forum at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. The event had a great turnout, with over 65 participants from more than 30 communities across Massachusetts in attendance. This […]

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Worcester

As you may have read in the news last week, state officials from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) recently confirmed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis, “EAB”) in the city of Worcester, MA. EAB is a small, metallic green beetle, native to Asia, which feeds on ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) and […]

Ash Tree Tagging Kits

If you have ash trees in your town and want to raise awareness about the impact of Emerald Ash Borer, the Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources is now offering free Tree Tagging Kits to interested groups. The kits come with tags printed on high-visibility green paper, flagging tape to tie them onto trees, and a […]

Tips for identifying Ash trees

With the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) now found in Suffolk, Essex, and Berkshire Counties, many concerned members of the public have asked us for tips on how to identify Ash trees so that they can check them for signs of infestation. Here are some of the key characteristics of Ash: Green Ash White Ash […]

August is Tree Check Month!

Have you checked your trees for signs of invasive forest pests? Insects like Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer are a threat to trees across Massachusetts. This month, we’re asking everyone to take just 10 minutes to check the trees in their yard or in nearby parks or forests, and to report any suspicious […]

Spotting Emerald Ash Borer Damage

On December 9th, 2013, state officials confirmed the presence of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the town of North Andover. Previously, EAB had only been found in Massachusetts in Berkshire County. Although Emerald Ash Borer only attacks Ash trees, it kills them within just 3-5 years of infestation, making […]

State Officials Confirm Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Essex County

BOSTON – December 9, 2013 – The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) today announced that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been detected in Essex County, Massachusetts. The destructive beetle was detected in the Town of North Andover on November 15, 2013, and was confirmed by […]