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Stopping Forest Pests at the Source

Are you a Massachusetts landscaper that imports/distributes stone and or tile materials for use in construction or landscaping? If so, we’d like to hear from you!

Stone and other hardscape materials shipped in wood packaging, such as crates and pallets, can serve as pathways through which invasive pests like emerald ash borer (EAB) and the newly discovered spotted lanternfly make their way into our state. Unchecked, these pests pose a threat to our natural resources, and have the potential to do millions of dollars in damages to our economy.

The Forest Pest Outreach Project, part of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, is asking for your assistance in evaluating how to better equip those that work in the landscaping and hardscaping industries with techniques to help stop invasive pests at their point of entry and/or prevent their potential spread. If you are a local business owner or a member of the landscaping industry that deals directly with stone importing/distribution (especially Pennsylvania bluestone), we would like to schedule a time with you to visit your business and discuss the nature of stone/tile imports and distribution as it pertains to accidental pest introductions.

While participation is voluntary, your assistance will further safeguard our state against the threat of invasive species and help create resources to prevent future introductions.

To schedule a meeting or get any additional information, contact Javier Marin, the Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator, at Javier.marin@state.ma.us, or call 617-626-1738.

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