Foresters wage battle against insect invader

The Vermont foresters were also able to observe the level of effort that will be required to address an emerald ash borer infestation. "When it shows up, you can't get rid of it. You've just got to manage it", observed Aaron Hurst, who also worked in New York. State of Vermont agencies are working with federal partners to prepare for emerald ash borer. A Vermont Emerald Ash Borer Action Plan is in place. Over one hundred campgrounds have been surveyed for the insect. In the spring, citizen volunteers interested in becoming Forest Pest First Detectors will be trained to assist their communities with emerald ash borer detection and response.

Moving infested firewood over long distances has been the primary cause of emerald ash borer's rapid expansion over the past nine years. Outbreaks are often found near campgrounds or parks.

"One of the most important things we can do to protect our forests is to stop moving firewood. It's really that simple." says Jay Lackey, Forestry Specialist with the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.

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