As the Emerald Ash Borer and Asian longhorned beetles threaten to creep their way closer to Maine, legislatures are moving towards prevention before it’s too late.
Maine Representative Jeff McCabe introduced a bill last week to restrict the transport of firewood in the state, citing the movement of firewood as “one of the most frequent ways for insects to be moved to new locations.”
Among other things, he notes the pests’ threat to maple trees in his home county – Somerset, Maine—the number one producer of maple syrup in the United States.
In his article published in SVWeekly Newspaper, McCabe also gave a nice plug for the PBS premiere last week of Lurking in the Trees on MPBN. The documentary about the Asian longhorned beetle infestation in Worcester, Massachusetts airs throughout the northeast in the coming months.
Check out www.lurkinginthetrees.org to find out when it will be viewing in your neck of the woods.