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Don’t Move Firewood! Protecting Campgrounds and our Natural Resources

Though it’s cold outside now, the spring camping season is rapidly approaching! While many campers like to bring their own firewood to campsites, the invasive wood-boring insects Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer make frequent use of firewood to transport themselves to new infestation sites. Worcester has already lost 36,000 trees to date due […]

Input Sought on Wood Packaging/Firewood Regs

APHIS is seeking input on the issue of whether the federal government should regulate crates, pallets, cable drums and spools, and other forms of wood packaging that moves in the interstate and domestic market, as well as firewood that moves across state lines. The purpose of this regulation would be to prevent spread of introduced […]

Emerald Ash Borer found in NY

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis, “EAB”) has found for the first time in Western New York. The invasive, wood-boring beetle was discovered earlier this week when USDA employees noticed suspicious damage to ash trees off of a highway in the town of Randolph, located in Cattaraugus County. So far, about 30 trees have been […]

New ALB Newsletter

Stay informed about all of the latest Asian longhorned beetle news with a new email newsletter from the Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project (MIPOP). The newsletter will report ALB-related happenings in our state, from news reports and updated maps to upcoming presentations and training opportunities. To subscribe to the new MIPOP ALB newsletter, just go […]

Untreated firewood from Canada now banned

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently instituted a new regulation requiring that firewood imported into the US from Canada must be heat treated. This ruling, which applies to all hardwood (non-coniferous) trees, is meant to prevent the accidental introduction of non-native pests including the Asian longhorned beetle, the emerald ash borer, and […]

Get Compliance Training for ALB

If you have a business that could potentially be affected by the new Asian Longhorned Beetle regulations, you should make sure to sign up for one of the Compliance Training Sessions being held by the Massachusetts ALB Cooperative Eradication Program. The two-hour training and certification workshop will allow your business to enter into a compliance […]

Buy Local, Burn Local

The Asian longhorned beetle, along with other wood-boring insects such as the emerald ash borer and the Sirex woodwasp, live the first part of their lives as white, worm-like larvae burrowed into the branches and trunks of trees. Because these larvae typically remain hidden until adulthood, when you transport firewood or cut branches you could […]

When it comes to firewood, go local

With camping season in full swing, this is an important reminder to avoid transporting firewood to or from camping sites. Using local firewood sources is an important way that you can prevent the spread of introduced pests, from plant diseases to boring insects such as the Asian longhorned beetle or the emerald ash borer. Research […]