PROTECT's involvement in the USDA's Emerald Ash Borer survey program is spearheaded by Josh Wilson, the organization's Conservation Associate.
"We've been actively involved in monitoring for EAB in Northern Essex Country this summer and have set and monitored traps in the towns of Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Wilmington, Lewis, and Willsboro," he said. "We intend to expand our efforts to include ground-level surveys for Asian Longhorned Beetle in high-risk forested areas around the Adirondacks this late summer and early fall. These volunteer surveys and the information generated by them will help inform future detection efforts and will be critical for monitoring pest movement inside the Park."
Wilson emphasized the need for public involvement and cooperation with prevention efforts:
"Citizens are truly the first line of defense against invasive forest pests," he said. "We need to recruit more landowners and citizen stewards to help monitor our public and private forests for the presence of destructive pests like the Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle. "Early detection is crucial in the effort to prevent widespread establishment of these insects in our treasured Forest Preserve, private timberlands, and communities."