One Tiny Bug May Cause Big Problems For Local Forest

- BATH, N.Y. (WETM-18)- Forest officials are pushing for people to be aware of a tiny but big threat to our natural forest.

A forest in Bath may be a dense population of lush Ash Tree but if the Emerald Ash Borer has its way, the forest may be seeing the end of its day.

The Emerald Ash Borer is a very small but very destructive beetle. The beetle is responsible for the death of tens of millions of Ash trees in the United States.

Emily Donk, a forest technician said, “I will be saying that in 30 years I remember big Ash Trees, it will be a different landscape as the bugs come through.”

John Gribbs the Region Director for the Bath DEC said, “If you get enough feeding on a tree it girdles and kills it. It is the first wave of mortality in the Bath area from the Emerald Ash Borer.”

The DEC believes the beetle will not only destroy the trees it could also hit you in the pocketbook.
“It has a large impact to our utilities. All the Ash Trees along the roads, power lines, and phone lines are going to start dying and coming apart. It is going to have big impacts.”

However it is not too late. The biggest thing you can do to prevent spreading the beetle is buying local and burning local firewood.

“A lot of critters move via firewood, there are regulations in New York State. Firewood should not move over 50 miles untreated and not brought into New York State.”

If you believe you have spotted an Emerald Ash Borer on your property contact the DEC.

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