The Associated Press released a great article on the Asian longhorned beetle's threat to New England's trees.
An excellent article came out yesterday talking about the threat that the Asian longhorned beetle poses to the ecosystems and economies of New England. Destruction of the town of Worcester's beautiful trees, collapse of the maple syrup industry, and serious damage to the timber industry of all the neighboring states.
Of course, no article on forest pests would be complete without talking about what makes them spread... firewood! Here's a quote:
"The movement of firewood is probably, in my mind, the biggest threat in this area because so many people burn wood, so many people move wood without thinking, `Oh, I could be transporting a pest,'" said Tom Denholm, who has set up a federal program to fight the insects in New Jersey and was sent to Massachusetts to help with efforts here. "We can move the beetle a lot faster moving firewood than the beetle moving on its own."