A dramatization only:
Just off the news wire: A leaf peeper from out side New England came into Vermont with a load of firewood and released the Asian Longhorn Beetle into the Green mountains. The Forestry service says all Maples within a fifty mile radius will have to be cut down and destroyed. Even that is no guarantee that it got rid of the Pest…
This hasn’t happened yet… BUT!Is this farfetched? Not really, we had our first big outbreak in 2004. The Asian longhorn beetle was found to be infesting trees in Worcester MA.
According to the Worcester city managerAs of today there is a 74 square mile regulated area that includes all of the City of Worcester and the Town of West Boylston, as well as portions of the Towns of Holden, Boylston and Shrewsbury. This area is under strict regulation by order of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
So if you want to be able to enjoy New England’s fall foliage then please be responsible and don’t bring your wood with you.
Forestry folks say: “Come to any New England state to camp but leave your wood at home”! The forestry officials say public enemy No.1 is the Asian longhorn beetle. Running a close second is the Emerald Ash Borer.
The Vermont Forestry service has this link so you can be informed.
Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. – See more at: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/#sthash.7K6t3BMq.dpuf
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.