Pests in the News

04/20/2009 11:58 AM
Posted by: L. Greenwood

Gypsy moths are a non-native forest pest that can be very destructive, and certainly if you live in an area that does not have them, you don't want them! Of course, firewood is one way that the moths can travel. On Friday, the Gazette Xtra of Janesville WI published a short story called "What's that crunching sound? Gypsy moths coming soon" with a very telling anecdote from a local resident.


04/16/2009 4:47 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood

The baseball bat to emerald ash borer connection was made again today on I'm glad this story is getting some good press, because it is important to understand that forest insects are a problem in so many ways. Not moving firewood protects, in a very real way, the places we love- even if those places are baseball diamonds.

04/15/2009 11:48 AM
Posted by: L. Greenwood

The best baseball bats are made from White ash. Emerald ash borers love to eat, and therefore kill, White ash. In a recent article by Men's Journal, the connection between the threat of moving firewood, and the death of the finest baseball bat material tree in the United States, was made clear.

04/08/2009 11:31 AM
Posted by: L. Greenwood

A new infestation of EAB, found in Wisconsin, puts Minnesota and Iowa at great risk.

An observant person along the banks of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin recently found and reported a previously unknown infestation of Emerald ash borer. Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa have all issued press releases about this new infestation, as it is near the states' borders. The press releases can all be boiled down to a few quick facts;

03/30/2009 3:35 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood

The connection between firewood and maple syrup is quite close.

Unfortunately, the connection between maple syrup and firewood is getting closer every day. Not only does it take an incredible amount of fuel to boil off the water in the raw tree sap and make it into maple syrup, but that very fuel (firewood, in traditional cases) could be the downfall of many a maple sugar farm (technically called a sugarbush).

03/16/2009 10:47 AM
Posted by: L. Greenwood

It is rare to see an article coming from a state with no well-known tree pests, about pests.

Connecticut has historically had many types of invasive tree pests- Gypsy moth, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Dutch Elm Disease, and more. But right now, they don't have any of the new big name pests.

So I was pleased to see a recent article byt the Connecticut Outdoor Recreation Examiner talking about how Emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle are not yet in Connecticut, but that citizens should be aware, and should not be moving firewood.

03/09/2009 11:49 AM
Posted by: L. Greenwood

A recent article from Pennsylvania sums up the issue of Emerald Ash Borer movement very well

In the article, "Beetle targeting ash trees" that was in the Times Leader of Northeastern PA, Tom Venesky says it all...

02/26/2009 4:37 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood

I'll say it again; even if you think your forest doesn't have a problem, it might still have one.

02/23/2009 11:57 AM
Posted by: L. Greenwood

This weekend National Public Radio (NPR) aired a great story about ALB, and the threat of firewood.

This weekend, NPR's story on the Worcester Asian longhorned beetle infestation was spot-on. I'm glad they covered a lot of aspects of the threat that these beetles pose to our nation's forests, and I was really happy to hear this part of the story:

"Not moving firewood is very important and it's a message we're going to continue to hammer," says Mike Bohne, who works for the US Forest Service, in Durham, New Hampshire.

02/20/2009 2:41 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood

My jaw dropped when I saw this photo. My heart goes out to the residents of Worcester.

I know that they are removing a lot of trees in Worcester, and it is the right thing to do to stop the Asian longhorned beetle from spreading. If anything will drive home the devastating impact of invasive forest insects on the quality of life for everyday citizens, I think it might be these before and after photos of a street in Worcester.

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