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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Emerald ash beetles found in about 5 percent of tested trees around Concord

Emerald ash borer beetles have been found in about 5 percent of ash trees surveyed in a six-mile radius of central Concord - evidence that the beetle was pretty well established before it was spotted in March. Darn.

Gov. Maggie Hassan has declared this Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, and state officials have made permanent a quarantine put in place after the invasive beetle was detected in Concord: No ash materials can be moved out of Merrimack County Regulated articles subject to quarantine include

  • all life stages of the emerald ash borer;

  • hardwood firewood (non-coniferous)—split or unsplit—of less than four feet in length;

  • all species of Fraxinus (ash): nursery stock, green lumber, logs, any other material living, dead, cut or fallen, including chips, bark, stumps, branches, roots and debris;

  • woodchips consisting in any part of Fraxinus (ash) chips, and

Also still in effect is the two-year-old firewood quarantine intended to help prevent the arrival of more EAB or other damaging insects by prohibiting uncertified firewood from entering the state.

Forest rangers with the Department of Resource and Economic Development’s (DRED) Division of Forests and Lands will conduct inspections at various locations on Friday, May 24, looking for out-of-state firewood and firewood from Merrimack County.

For more information check www.nhbugs.org or 800-444-8978.”

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive beetle that attacks and kills North American species of true ash (Fraxinus spp.). New Hampshire is the nineteenth state in which the EAB has been detected