Arborway Tree Care Blog

November 18, 2014

Patrick Administration Implements Wood Quarantine to Limit Spread of Invasive Emerald Ash Borer

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced a state-wide Massachusetts quarantine to help slow the spread of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The quarantine will take effect Monday, November 17, 2014.

“The Emerald Ash Borer poses a very serious threat to ash trees across the Commonwealth,” said DCR Commissioner Jack Murray. “We believe a state -wide quarantine provides the best chance for slowing the spread of Emerald Ash Borer.”

The quarantine order means that certain products will be prohibited from moving outside the regulated area, including all hardwood firewood (any piece of wood smaller than 48 inches), all ash nursery stock and any ash lumber that has not been treated. Proper wood treatments include the removal of bark and half an inch of wood, dry kiln sterilization, fumigation and heat treatments.

Massachusetts is one of 23 states to have discovered the EAB within its borders. The invasive species was first detected in Massachusetts in Dalton in August of 2012. Shortly after, DCR announced a quarantine of Berkshire County.

Immediately following the detection, DCR began work with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to formulate a plan for dealing with the invasive insect. DCR engaged in a public outreach campaign, including press releases and a public meeting. Plans for future surveys and mitigation strategies are currently being discussed to continue to help identify the extent of the infestation

August 1, 2014

Invasive emerald ash borer found in Arnold Arboretum

A beetle that can quickly kill ash trees has been found at the Arnold Arboretum, state park and agriculture officials said Wednesday, arriving in Boston just two years after it was first spotted in Massachusetts, in the Berkshires.

Staff at the arborteum saw the emerald ash borer, a small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia, in a treetop trap on July 16, and confirmed its identity two days later.

The discovery was expected, and state officials said the ash borer is probably burrowing into trees across the state. The invasive insect cannot cover much ground on its own, but Ken Gooch, forest health program director for the Department of Conservation and Recreation, said the movement of firewood expedites the beetle’s spread across the state and country.

“People are what is moving this insect so fast,” Gooch said. “The insect wouldn’t move so fast on its own.”

“It’s a concern for us and a concern in terms of our state forests,” said Gooch. “We’re asking people not to move any ash products — don’t move it anywhere in the state. Buy firewood local, burn it local.”