Schumer: Cuts threaten upstate forests prone to emerald ash borer

Without federal funding however, Sheehan said none of these possible breakthroughs are likely to succeed.

Ash species account for only about 5 percent of the trees in the Adirondack Park, far less than other parts of the state. Since the green bug only targets ash trees, damage would be limited to that species.

But Sheehan said it would be an ecological catastrophe to lose the ash tree in the Adirondack forest. He also noted that some manufacturers in the park, like the Adirondack Bat Company, rely on ash from other parts of the state to sustain their businesses.

In addition, federal funding could also help prevent an even more destructive beetle. The Asian long horned beetle has not yet reached New York, but Sheehan said it has the potential to decimate some the park's most valuable hardwoods, including the sugar maple.

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