Thursday, July 22, 2010

Uh oh. Emerald Ash Borer Found in Saugerties

I don't know off hand how much of Esopus's forest cover is made up of ash trees, but it's very likely threatened now that the ash borer, an invasive species that has been spreading out of the Midwest in recent years (where it has been very destructive), has been found in Saugerties. One of the key strategies employed to stop its spread is to never transport firewood. Now that it's in our area, it's particularly important that people do not transport firewood from here to elsewhere.

grocery store shopping

Photo: David Cappaert/ US Forest Service