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Emerald Ash Borer: Public Meetings

Public meetings to address the recent discovery of Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) in Massachusetts will be held the week of Oct. 14th at the following locations and times:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Berkshire Atheneum, One Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Old Sturbridge Village, Visitors Center Theater
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

EAB tree damageAt these meetings, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the USDA’s Forest Service will address the implications surrounding the recent discovery of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in western Massachusetts.

Central to these meetings is the issue of establishing a quarantine boundary within the state that would restrict the movement of certain wood products under certain conditions. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session, and general feedback will be elicited to help guide the state’s actions as it moves forward with responding to the discovery of this destructive pest.

If you have questions about the public meeting, please call 617-626-4974 or email DCR.Updates@state.ma.us. To download a printable copy of this notice, click here.

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request by emailing Agatha Summons-McGuire at agatha.summons@state.ma.us or by calling her at 617-626-1282. Please provide Ms. McGuire with a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can, as well as information on how she can contact you if more information is needed. Please allow at least two weeks (14 days) advance notice to Ms. McGuire of a need for reasonable accommodations; last-minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. To request materials in accessible formats (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), please also contact Ms. McGuire.

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