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Did You Miss the Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness Workshop?

This past April, the Mass Dept. of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) partnered with the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to host an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Preparedness Workshop in Pittsfield, MA. The day-long event provided attendees with an update on the current status of EAB in our state as well as information on the […]

It’s Sawyer Season!

Spring is finally in the air, which means insects are as well. One insect you should become familiar with is the whitespotted pine sawyer, a native longhorned insect that looks a lot like the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB)! While these two species are easily confused, there are several big differences to keep in mind […]

Spotted Lanternfly Update

Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, “SLF”) is an invasive planthopper native to Asia that was first discovered in Pennsylvania in September 2014. It has since been detected in New York, Virginia, and Delaware. Thought to have been introduced via shipments of crushed stone, SLF is a threat to grapes, peaches, apples, other hardwood trees, and hops, […]

Are You In Compliance?

Any individual or commercial business that works handling woody tree material in Worcester, Boylston, West Boylston, Shrewsbury, Holden, or Auburn needs to go through annual compliance training to ensure they know about Asian longhorned beetle (ALB).  ALB is an invasive wood-boring insect from Asia that was discovered in Worcester in 2008. Woody material, including branches, […]

Calling All 5th Grade Arborists and Artists!

Are you a 5th grade teacher or a 5th grade student with a passion for art or nature?  Then we have the perfect opportunity for you! The Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced its 2018 Arbor Day Poster Contest, a chance to win cool prizes for your school by showing off your artistic talent […]

Our January Outreach Impact

January is always a busy month for us, and serves as a perfect tone setter for the new year’s outreach. Even when it’s cold and snowy out there’s plenty of opportunities to inform different sectors of the public about Asian longhorned beetle and other threats to our Massachusetts forests! Our first event was the Massachusetts […]

2017 Emerald Ash Borer Expansion

In 2017 we saw more emerald ash borer (EAB) detections in Massachusetts than any previous year on record. Nine new municipalities, including a new record for Norfolk County, were added to the list of infested areas. The communities in which EAB was detected included: • Berkshire Country- West Stockbridge • Hampshire County- Easthampton, Northampton, and […]

Where are the ALB now?

With the cold now upon us, adult Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) have since died off, but their life cycle continues unseen.  At this point, the larvae have long since hatched and burrowed into any tree that their eggs were laid on, and that is where the real damage from this invasive insect is occurring. From […]

2017 Exotic Plant Pest and Pathogen Survey Results

As part of the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program in 2017, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources staff designed and implemented a number of surveys to detect exotic insect pests, plant pathogens, and weeds considered threats to agriculture and natural resources in our state. Here are the results: 1. Nursery inspectors performed inspections at 37 Massachusetts nurseries […]

Seasonal Reminder

With the temperatures dropping, people’s thoughts are turning towards firewood to stay warm.  A recent announcement from USDA reminds citizens of how firewood and woody plant material can serve as a vector for Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). Adult ALB are poor flyers but the larva can remain in wood that may be transported, making human […]