Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed, Arkville & Highmount, NY

From:     The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, P.O. Box 504/Route 28, Arkville, NY 12406, Phone: 845-586-2611: Fax: 845-586-3044: E-mail: cccd@catskillcenter.org

Contact: Dan Snider 845-586-2611/ dsnider@catskillcenter.org

For Immediate Release: Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed, Arkville & Highmount, NY

ARKVILLE, New York--Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Arkville and Highmount, NY. Given its spread pattern, it has the potential to be in many other areas between the quarantine zone and Arkville as well.

In the near future, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) and the Catskill Center will be offering identification trainings in these newly-affected areas for ash trees and common lookalikes, EAB and its lookalikes, and EAB damage.

These trainings will also discuss management efforts that homeowners can do on their own property to minimize damage and prolong the health of their ash trees. Details about these trainings will be forthcoming via email and the CRISP and Catskill Center websites. In the mean time, keep an eye out for insects that look like this:

as well as the characteristic D-shaped exit holes they produce in ash trees:

If you have any questions about emerald ash borer, please contact Dan Snider, CRISP Field Projects Manager, at dsnider@catskillcenter.org.

Existing Quarantine Zone:

ABOUT CATSKILL CENTER: Since 1969, we have led the effort to protect the more than 700,000 acres of the Catskill Park and Catskill Forest Preserve. We are the major force advocating for the Catskill region. OUR MISSION: To protect and foster the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of the Catskill region.

ABOUT CRISP: The Catskill Center hosts and coordinates a cooperative partnership of diverse stakeholders throughout the Catskill region called CRISP (Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership). We are one of eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) in New York funded by the Environmental Protection Fund. OUR MISSION: to promote prevention, early detection and rapid response, and in limited areas/cases, broader control of invasive species to protect natural resources. In addition to conducting public outreach and management activities, CRISP will support research on ecological impact and effective controls of invasive species.